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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

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.

The Walking Dead #131 Review

    

 

     As we patiently wait for the fifth season of the TV juggernaut version of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman continues to rewrite the rules and ramp up the anticipation with the comic version.  Issue 131 continues the recent theme of introducing us to this new world order, where the humans and their communities are thriving with little interference whether living or undead.  Slowly, old friendships are being renewed and absent characters are having their whereabouts divulged one clue at a time.  But as we learned at the conlusion of issue 130, there are couple of new developments that promise to throw a wrench in this utopian facade.  And luckily for us, both are explored here with aggresive gusto.
    When we last left the action, Rick and Carl had just arrived at The Hilltop, with the younger hoping to begin the next phase of his fast-track to adulthood right away.  Carl receives some good news while speaking with Earl, the blacksmith.  He’s also reunited with Sophia, both childhood friends already having been through more struggles and violence than most people do in their entire lives.  This is what passes for childhood in this wasteland, and both are happy to be in each other’s lives again.  Rick and Hilltop leader Maggie have a heart-to-heart, confirming that heavy is the head that holds the crown.  Neither asked for this, but their conversation confirms that both have the qualities to oversee this new reality, as reluctant as they may be.  It is also revealed that an important character, conspicuous by her absence, is indeed “gone.”  That’s a nice cliffhanger for us to frustrate over until next month, per Kirkman’s insistance.  New characters are introduced in this issue as well, with at least one hinting at an interesting backstory which could play out in the next few issues.  Ordered to form a search-and-
rescue team for Ken (the unfortunate soul left for dead by his partner Marco), Dante speaks casually about his infatuation with Maggie and the game he’s unsuccessfully playing to woo her.  That is, of course, before the party is surrounded by a horde of walkers.  Nice touch by Kirkman…..force the reader to get invested and then have us face the possibility that it was all for naught.
    The two main events that do occur should have long-lasting ramifications, although on different levels.  Continuing with the notion that the zombies are becoming “smart” and communicating, we see this potential game-changer for ourselves for the first time.  Who needs Negan and the Saviors when the original bad-guys could start cursing just as loudly, right?  This notion is exciting, if for no other reason than it provides the platform for the walking dead to evolve, something not explored on a wide scale since the comic began.  This storyline is only two issues long so far, and the buzz is real.  This must’ve been what Kirkman was talking about when he declared that the entire landscape of The Walking Dead would forever change after the “All Out War” series.  Nice job, captain.  We cannot forget about Alexandria, of course, which is currently without it’s central leadership (other than Andrea).  Though they didn’t fall for Negan’s mind games, Magna and her friends are still determined to find some answers of their own and are willing to take important hostages to do it.  Let’s not forget…..trust is a two-way street.  In the TWD universe, who knows if trust can even really exist at all.
    With such an emotional content (no tragedies, more of the personal bonding type), Adlard, Gaudiano, Rathburn and the crew are masterful in portraying the facial expressions and humanity that these characters feel.  The characters have every reason to believe that things are looking up and the future could be bright (at least compared to the last couple of years), but the overal tone remains a bit dark and ominous.  This is exactly what we’re looking for.  As the residents of these safe havens create wine and steel products and tools, the threat that has always lingered on the other side of the walls is still present.  And whether it’s human or undead, it finds a way in.
    Issue 131 is again well-suited for building the rising actions, while posing two potential climaxes on opposing but deadly fronts.  We have indeed entered into a new era of The Walking Dead, and although many of the faces are the same the threat is progressing (and surfacing).  We have to wait another month to find out which threat strikes first, but it’s obvious that the communities are about to feel a lot less safe than they have been.  Though he’s still imprisoned, I’m sure Negan is smiling from his ironic jail cell. read more