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New ‘Walking Dead’ Teaser Trailer Introduces The Whisperers’ Leaders; Alpha and Beta

Straight from IGN comes an exclusive teaser trailer in preparation for the February return of The Walking Dead.

The Whisperers are front and center in the trailer giving a clear view of their leaders; Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Beta (Sons of Anarchy‘s Ryan Hurst).

The Whisperers were slowly built up to be the new villains during the first half of Season 9 and finally revealed as a true threat in the mid-season finale. The new antagonists disguise themselves as walkers by wearing the skins of the undead, which allows them to pass among them without risk of being attacked and makes them seem as though they are just another pack roaming the ruined world. read more

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

Post-Rick Grimes ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Ratings Hit New Lows

How much did Rick Grimes mean to fans of The Walking Dead?  Apparently a lot, as the most recent episode of the long-running series attracted only 4.79 million viewers, the lowest number since season one.

To find a lower rating than last Sunday’s episode entitled “Stradivarius” (named after a famed string instrument), one has to go all the way back to season one’s episode two (“Guts”) which attracted 4.71 million viewers or episode four in the same season (“Vatos”) which was watched by 4.75 million people. read more

AMC Releases First Art for ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9

AMC has released the first art for season nine of The Walking Dead and it contains what looks to be a pretty important piece of information: The United States Capitol. In the poster below, we can clearly make out a building that can only be a crumbling Capitol Building (and another of those damned helicopters, of course) behind Rick, Carol, Michonne, Maggie and Daryl.

The poster, released by Deadline yesterday, is interesting for a few reasons: first of all, we are obviously following the mystery of the helicopter again this season (no surprise there). But the second, and most intriguing piece, is the Capitol because unless that large building was moved somehow, this means that the group ends up in Washington DC which signifies a major break from the comics. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Finale Will Supposedly Wrap Up All Eight Seasons

In Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive interview with The Walking Dead’s Scott Gimple, the  showrunner claimed that this Sunday’s finale will finally wrap up eight seasons of storytelling, and head in a new direction in season nine.

Gimple realized that “People were pretty to the limit this year emotionally.” and therefore “…this episode isn’t just like these 15 episodes coming to a conclusion, but Angela and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons. This show will be very much a new show next year and with a bigger, new narrative. It was something I was really excited about getting into even before season 8. And so there was just a certain weight in the air of the kind of conclusion that we were getting closer to. It was a weird graduation for everybody.” 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 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

Andrew Lincoln Considers a Rick Grimes-less ‘Walking Dead’

EW reporter Dalton Ross recently speculated what The Walking Dead would be like without titular character Rick Grimes.  It appears that Andrew Linclon and Robert Kirkman have also considered it.

Ross spoke to Lincoln recently, and he told Ross that “I was talking to James Badge Dale about acting, and we were just talking about completing stories.  I think that there’s an innate feeling and certainly in me that I love doing a play or doing the film because you get to put a period on the end of it and you get to do it nightly, which is really exciting. TV is different. The format is different because it is about sort of a continuum. But, you know, there is a sense to me that really needs some… it sounds like I’m in a shrink’s head, but there is a completion thing that I think I deserve for doing it for so long. And also probably the audience would like some completion.” read more

The Walking Dead Season Seven Mid-Season Review

If The Walking Dead’s Season Seven tag-line was “We’re just Getting Started”, my question is: when is this season going to actually start?

After a brutal first episode (and an even longer “Who Shot J.R.?” cliff hanger to end season six), I thought that the show would begin doing what in the past it did best: making viewers feel connected to Rick Grimes’ “band of brothers” and bringing real drama into the lives of the survivors that allowed for character development and real (not contrived) drama.  So far, this season has been one long first episode, hitting the same notes that were abundantly displayed in Season Six’s final episode and this season’s first.    read more

New ‘Walking Dead’ Teaser

A new teaser for mid season premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ has been released. You can view it below. 

‘The Walking Dead’  returns Sunday February 14, at 9 pm.