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The Visual Effects of ‘The Walking Dead’ – How the Creators Burn their Bridges

Rick Grimes’ departure from The Walking Dead TV series left fans shocked, but now they will be even more so to learn how the show blew up a bridge without actually damaging a real-life structure which came courtesy of Goodbye Kansas Studios.

Now, just a few weeks after the airing of the episode titled What Comes After, GKS shared a behind-the-scenes video of its work on the episode where Grimes, with help from a fallen stack of dynamite, blows up a bridge full of approaching Walkers.

In creating one of the series’ most complex shots, extensive post-production work was required. However, what may come as a surprise is that no actual bridges were destroyed in the process. read more

‘The Walking Dead’s’ Negan Will Appear as a DLC Character in ‘Tekken 7’

Tekken, one of the most popular fighting games in video game history, has just added an unlikely character to their upcoming Tekken 7 Season Pass 2: The Walking Dead’s very own bat swingin’ bad boy Negan.  The “too cool for school” leader of the Saviors will be available as a down loadable character (meaning that he did not appear on the physical release of the game or with the initial download), as part of the update, joining over 40 other character selections.

The news was announced on Bandai’s official twitter page and was met with a luke warm response from fans and video game news sites.  EuroGamer called the inclusion of Negan “an odd one”  and wondered “Who next? Logan Paul?”.  Gamesradar+ don’t think that Negan is “…going to be included in the game until 2019 but, still, this has opened the floodgates in what’s sure to be one of Tekken’s most polarising and downright potty moves yet. And this is coming from a franchise that has a man with a three-foot haircut regularly facing off with his nemesis, a bear employed as a bodyguard.” read more

Fathom Events Brings ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Finale and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season Premiere to the Big Screen

Are you tired of watching The Walking Dead on your old television set?  Do you want to see two greasy tough guys finally slug it out on a screen as big as their egos?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I have some good news for you!  Fathom Events will be bringing all the zombie action you can handle to select movie theaters across the country in the form of “Survival Sunday” at 8:30 p.m. on April 15.  The special event will not only include the Season Eight finale of The Walking Dead’s never ending “All Out War” story line, but it will also premiere the first episode of Season Four of Fear the Walking Dead. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Mid-Season Premiere: The Horror News Network Review

The last time that viewers got to watch the Walking Dead, it left off on a tragic and shocking note with Carl being bitten and awaiting his fate.  Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, what this mid-season premier turned out to be was us waiting a few months to get another drawn out, over-indulgent, and most importantly, emotionless goodbye to one of the original characters.

The Walking Dead has a long history of emotional goodbyes.  The number of characters that viewers have said goodbye to is too numerous to list at this point after eight seasons, but the early departures were always handled with finesse, knowing when to cut the scene and provide the important emotional punch.  That all changed with season six’s final episode that created their version of the infamous “Who Shot J.R.?” angle and the subsequent bashing of Glenn and Abraham by that “smiling jack” by the name of Negan at the start of season seven. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Episode One: The Horror News Network Review

Like many original fans of the Walking Dead, I have problems with the current direction of the show and left Season 7 with little hope for salvation in Season 8.  My review of Season 7 was far from complimentary and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attempt another one, especially for a television program that was once a nuanced, engaging story and that has now devolved into an explosion-filled mess.

I originally planned on skipping this review, but my HNN colleague John Evans recommended that I use the same stream of consciousness method that I applied to American Horror Story: Cult earlier this fall. read more

Negan’s Origin Collected in ‘The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!’ Hardcover Graphic Novel

Just in case you don’t have enough Negan in your life, Image Comics will release a hardcover collection entitled The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! featuring the titular villain’s origin this October.

The graphic novel by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard collects the original serialized Negan origin which initially ran as a bonus feature in Image+ (a Previews supplement featuring upcoming releases from the independent comic company).

The collection is set to be released one week early in comic stores on Wednesday, October 4th and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 10th, right around The Walking Dead’s return to television for its 8th season. read more

Walking Dead Fans Troll United Airlines With Images of Negan as New Customer Service Director; Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Draws Attention to United’s Dress Code Policies

Although not everyone agrees on the quality of last season’s The Walking Dead, all fans can agree that using the bat-wielding villain Negan in an internet Twitter meme is an appropriate tool for trolling and reacting to a viral video that has brought much unwanted attention to United Airlines customer service policy.

USA Today is reporting that “United has been under siege since videos of Sunday night’s violent confrontation on the plane at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport went viral, drawing hundreds of millions of views around the world. Social media outrage rained down on the Chicago-based airline.” read more

The Walking Dead Season Seven Second Half Review and Analysis

You know what always gets in the way of bashing someone in the head with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire?  A man eating tiger.

I’m willing to chalk “the tiger save” up to a little creative license (both in the comic and in the season finale), but I’ve got to ask: Why did it take so long for that big cat to get down to business?

The second half of Season Seven was much like the first in terms of the slow pacing , but with much less violence and carnage.  Although producers Gale Anne Herd  and Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero took different stances publicly about whether or not the violence from the first half of Season Seven would be toned down, it appears that Herd was being the most truthful, as there was markedly less violence and gore than the first eight episodes. read more

WonderCon: We Are Negan

“I am Negan” was a prevalent theme among the cosplayers at WonderCon. The iconic “The Walking Dead” villain that you hate to love could be found all over the convention floor. The cosplay was not just restricted to men: women and children got in on the fun, as well. So in honor of tonight’s season finale, here is the WonderCon Negan gallery.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan to Return in The Walking Dead Season 8

In news that should surprise no one, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed during a recent Howard Stern interview that he will be returning as the controversial character, Negan, in Season Eight of AMC’s The Walking Dead. This news was further confirmed in a Yahoo News interview with showrunner, Scott Gimple. In it, Gimple confirms that the show plans to explore Negan’s backstory:

“I do believe yes, it’s in the future. You know, I’m always careful about this, [because] things can absolutely change. There’s a loose plan in place I have.” read more