A month has passed since The Walking Dead panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. The annual convention was only the beginning of revelations for season two of The Walking Dead. Since then the wildly popular comic-book-turned-TV-show has been nominated for Emmy Awards, announced the premiere date for season two, and fired its showrunner and executive producer, Frank Darabont. With Comic-Con behind us, it’s time to look at the highlights from The Walking Dead panel at the world’s biggest nerd culture convention.
On the morning of Friday, July 22nd, over 9,000 people had converged on Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center, hoping to get in to the wildly popular The Walking Dead panel. Only 4,000 of those Comic-Con attendees were allowed entry to the coveted panel.
The panel was chaired by Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist podcast, and featured Gale Anne Hurd (Executive Producer), Frank Darabont (former Writer/Director/Executive Producer), Greg Nicotero (Special FX Makeup Artist/Consulting Producer), and Robert Kirkman (Comic Creator/Series Executive Producer/Writer). Later on Hardwick welcomed to the stage cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes), Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Steven Yeun (Glenn), and Norman Reedus (Daryl).
Check out the slide show for photos of the TWD panel by joltleft.com’s own Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pop Culture Examiner, Acquanetta Ferguson.
After Hurd gifted the audience with the explosive news that season two would be premiering on October 16th, 2011, Hardwick got right into the questions. The writers and producers couldn’t say much about season two, but the cast was able to talk a little about what it’s like to work on the show. “I think the great thing about this season is you start to realize that the most dangerous things out there are the monsters inside,” said Sarah Wayne Callies, in a very accurate depiction of the plot of TWD as its long-time comic book fans know it.
Jon Bernthal complimented the fans, saying, “I think that The Walking Dead fans are the best fans in the world. They are the smartest, they are the most loyal, they are the most bad-ass. You guys are hungry for it and we want to feed you!” And according to Steven Yeun, it’s hard to feed those fans. He described a normal day of shooting as a lot of sweating, running around, and shooting zombies book-ended by tick checks (You thought a show about surviving zombies wouldn’t be gross?)
Actors Jeffrey DeMunn and Norman Reedus talked a little about what fun it is to play their characters. “He’s just so terribly near-sighted he doesn’t see the trouble he’s in,” said DeMunn of the ever-optimistic Dale. Reedus had a slightly different take on the joys of playing Daryl Dixon: “Dude, I run around with a crossbow and shoot zombies in the brain. It’s like I’m 9-years-old. It’s awesome.”
To watch scenes from the TWD panel, click on the video to the left.
Andrew Lincoln explained that the cast does as much of the stuntwork as they’re comfortable with “and as much as I’m uncomfortable with as well.” Laurie Holden agreed, and talked about how a day she went home covered in scrapes and bruises was a good day at work.
Frank Darabont revealed during the panel that the second season picks up literally where the first season left off. The survivors are driving away from the CDC. “There’s none of this bullsh*t six-months-later stuff,” he said. For fans of the fast-paced, never-a-dull-moment, edge-of-your-seat show, this is good news. We wouldn’t want to miss a second with our intrepid survivors!
During the panel, the extended trailer for season two of TWD was revealed. It took quite awhile for the applause to die down. And if you haven’t seen the trailer yet… it’s well worth a look.
It’s clear that the TWD panel was one of the most popular events at Comic-Con 2011. Now all the show has to do is live up to the hype for season two. And this zombiephile believes it will.
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