AMC will be adding a popular character from The Walking Dead comic book to its hit television show in the wake of the departure of Rick and Carl Grimes from the program. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Lydia- the daughter of The Whisperers’ leader, Alpha (Samantha Morton)- will appear in Season Nine of the show. The Whisperer’s gimmick is that they wear Buffalo Bill style human skin suits to avoid being detected by zombies and human adversaries. Lydia will be played by Cassady McClincy. McClincy recently appeared in the movie, Love, Simon, and her recent horror resume includes roles in Lore and Castle Rock.
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
We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!
Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of August 2018! read more
If you’ve watched Fear the Walking Dead from the on-set of the series, you know that season four wiped away a lot of the essential characters and story lines that viewers saw as a more nuanced alternative to the parent program, The Walking Dead. It appears that the rest of season four will continue with this “tradition”, based on the trailer’s introduction of a number of new faces and a greater focus on Lennie James’ Morgan and his fellow zombie fighters.
One surprise in the trailer in terms of casting was the appearance of veteran stage actor Stephen Henderson (most recently seen in Denzel Washington’s version of Fences). If this is an attempt to bring some prestige to the production or just introduce a character that will serve as a mentor figure to one of the many confused, angsty refugees on the show, only time will tell, but it certainly can’t hurt! read more
AMC brought an activation to the fans of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead at Comic-Con. Fans were able to check out the Sanctuary and Eugene’s room. If they were feeling brave they could jump in the grinder or take their chances with the zombie slide. But the focus of the promotion was a new augmented-reality, mobile game available for iOS and Android called The Walking Dead: Our World from Next Games and AMC. The game has the great tag line of “Bringing the Apocalypse to Your Neighborhood” and allows players to ‘get up and go’ on supply runs and walker-killing missions. Player can also opt for couch-mode and staying at home. A great feature is that this is world-wide, so even though our Dead storylines have limited locations, the game does not. If you want to see how Egypt is affected, you can play there and see what walkers have done to the area. See below for some photos for the activation. read more
The Walking Dead panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con included a brand new trailer for Season Nine and the official date for the upcoming season premiere. The clip features Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and crew rebuilding their new society while tensions clash between various groups of survivors. You can watch the trailer below:
At the Comic Con panel, Andrew Lincoln confirmed that Season Nine will indeed be his final season on the show. He received a standing ovation from emotional fans who have been watching his character’s development since the show began in 2010. read more
The Walking Dead franchise is about to get up close and personal! Fans are used to consuming the popular series in comic book and television formats, and there have been numerous video game adaptations… but none quite like this.
Variety reports that Skydance Interactive is currently working on a virtual reality game based on The Walking Dead. The game will be called The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, and it will take place “in the flooded remains of New Orleans.” There are currently no details on which consoles the title will appear on, but at this time the game is set for a 2019 release date. read more
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
As AMC’s The Walking Dead changes course amid ratings drops and the departures of key performers, the series still has a trick or two up its sleeves to keep viewers engaged. One of those tricks comes with the recent confirmation that a long-dead character will appear in one episode of the upcoming season. Shane’s back, baby!
TV Line reports that Jon Bernthal will return as Shane for one episode of Season Nine of The Walking Dead. The news has since been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. While AMC hasn’t officially confirmed the story, Bernthal was recently spotted with The Walking Dead cast members close to a shooting location in Georgia. Shane returned to the series once before as Rick’s hallucination, so it’s likely that he will appear again in a similar fashion. We know that Season Nine will be Andrew Lincoln’s last season, so it’s now or never for Rick to see his dearly departed ex-friend one last time. read more
Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead are used to seeing the show continue without some of their favorite characters… but what if the next big character exit were none other than Rick Grimes?
Collider reported this afternoon that Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the series next season, marking a departure of the main character of the franchise. No further reasons were given for Lincoln’s departure, but several news outlets are citing off-screen drama between the talent and the studio bean counters, including Lauren Cohan’s recent very-public contract negotiations. read more