Date: Thu, 23 May 2013 07:36:20 +0200
- OH NO!!
"The Walking Dead" Isn't Ending Any Time Soon, AMC Chief Promises
With "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" approaching the end of their runs, fans of "The Walking Dead" may be wondering about the future of AMC's other tentpole drama. Thankfully, AMC thinks the walkers have legs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC's CEO Josh Sapan revealed that there's no end in sight for the powerhouse zombie drama, which brought in 12.4 million viewers for its Season 3 finale.
Speaking at the Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday, Sapan said, “We hope that zombies live forever and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like, so that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that 'Walking Dead' is not over.”
As for the pending finales for "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," Sapan said, “We’ll all suffer from some minor heartbreak when these shows come to a natural close ... Like some of the best shows in history, there will be a mantle that exists sort of virtually in people’s minds, and in the world maybe they’ll actually put a statue somewhere. We will bring them to a close with the people who created them at the right time.”
According to Allie is Wired, a plane crash will set the tone for next season. In season 3, a helicopter crash led to the arrival of the Governor, so perhaps this time around it could introduce yet another new character.
Aside from speculations, fans also received a brief behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Walking Dead." Props Master John Sanders opened up to Dread Central about some of his favorite weapons he's brought to the series and a new method of killing walkers that he will introduce in season 4.
"The new crossbow for Daryl," he said when talking about some of the reoccurring staples he introduced to the producers. "I altered that one for the show. I took Norman [Reedus] to a bow range for him to shoot. I was kind of showing off with the guys there, and I was showing him some of the top-end crossbows. I let him shoot the Stryker 380, and once he shot that, he had me take pictures of him and had me send them to the producers, and immediately it got in the works that we wanted him to have it."
And what about new weapons to ward off persistent walkers? "My favorite implement will be this season," Sanders said. "I've been waiting for two years, trying to talk to Greg Nicotero about doing this to a walker, and he saw it this year and just jumped on it. I can't really tell you what it is, but I can tell you it's going to be the craziest thing on the show yet. What I can say is that walkers are going to get killed in newer ways this year than any other year before."
We can absolutely not wait. "The Walking Dead" will return to AMC in October, 2013.
The name Merle Dixon brings up some strong feelings for any “Walking Dead” fan. Played by Michael Rooker, Merle is the older and for more crude brother of fan favorite Daryl Dixon. College Times had the opportunity to speak with Rooker before his visit about being Merle, playing a zombie and his time on the show.
College Times: How are you going to spend your time at Comicon?
I am going to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nah, I am going to have a lot of fun, meet a lot of fans. Comicons are basically meet and greets, signing autographs and taking photos. You get to meet the grassroots fan base. It’s a lot of fun. You get to meet people you normally wouldn’t, plus they are fans of yours.
How do fans react when they meet Michael Rooker and realize how different you are from Merle?
People do call me Merle at times. It’s because I am in their living room every week, so they know me as Merle. It’s bizarre, because that is all they know you by. You have to reintroduce yourself to the fan. I play Merle, I’m not really Merle. You do understand my hand is really here, right?
How do kids react to seeing you?
I see confusion in their eyes – happiness, confusion, a little fear and maybe some giddiness. They are looking for the hand and wondering. You can see it in their eye. They say “what happened to the hand? I want to see that.” I wish I had the props so I could show them exactly how I put it on, so they can put it on and dig it.
What was it like playing a zombie at the end of the third season?
It was actually quite simple. I didn’t have to do much. I got the whole makeup on, so there is not much I need to do. It is almost all visual, and there is body language going on. I have been around the zombies and watched them enough to know the rhythms they were looking for.
You got your blade arm snapped the scene before. Don’t you think it would have been cooler to be a zombie able to use that weapon?
The idea was to have zombie Merle, this major motherfucker with a bladed hand coming at you. But they didn’t realize in the playing of it, my arm was snapped. So I can’t really lift up with the blade as I was going at Norman.
Sometimes you think about shit and are like, oh, that would have been f*cking awesome. Then once we get to the scene, we think, oh, shit. We shouldn’t have broken his arm. Now he can’t use it.
What is your most memorable moment on “The Walking Dead?”
The most memorable moment for me, and most challenging, was the rooftop monologue in season one, episode three. I opened the episode talking to myself, and zombies are trying to get through the door so I am freaking out. I’ve been up there with no food or water for two days, delusional, dying basically. The scene was a little over four minutes; it was an amazing piece of writing first off. It was an amazing piece of work to be involved with. A monologue like that doesn’t come around a lot for actors, especially on TV. To be on screen for four and a half minutes by myself was phenomenal. I will never forget that monologue on the rooftop.