Comic-Con 2011: ‘The Walking Dead’ rises again
Ed O’Neill and John Stamos: two names probably never uttered at Comic-Con International. Weirder still to hear Robert Kirkman, creator and executive producer of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” list the current “Modern Family” patriarch and former “Full House” stud as dream guest stars for the zombie drama.
He was mostly joking. (Though, Uncle Jesse slogging around as an undead corpse might make for a pretty fetching post-“Glee” gig.) But judging by the reaction to a trailer (which you can see below) of the upcoming sophomore season, premiering on AMC on Oct. 16, a gaggle of star cameos isn’t necessary for the show’s fans, who’ve been waiting for a second coming of guts and gore since the 6-episode first season ended back in December.
“It’s a lot of pressure knowing everyone loves the show,” Kirkman said. “There’s expectation now…. We’re really trying to deliver.”
“‘The Walking Dead’ fans are the most badass in the world,” said Jon Bernthal, who plays Shane Walsh. “We want to feed [them].”
And feed they will. The second season will pick up just a few seconds after their escape from CDC in the finale. Not much else was hinted at as to what can be expect. Although, when asked whether we’ll be seeing 8-year-old Carl (played by Chandler Riggs) become a zombie-fighting little man this season, Sarah Wayne Callies — who plays his mom, Lori Grimes — gave a little teaser:
“He did a scene the other day — it took my breath away,” she said. He went from “terror to peace to beauty to loss. He’s going to blow your mind this year.”
As for the season itself, Laurie Holden (Andrea) promised that fans of the graphic novel would be “thrilled” by it.
Here’s a look at the season 2 trailer.
Other tidbits from the panel:
— Norman Reedus (who plays Daryl) said he recently purchased a “redneck” truck with big black wheels in Georgia, where the show is filmed. He said that before, when he rode his motorcycle, he’d get waves from fellow bikers. Now, “rednecks in badass trucks are waving at me.”
— What’s Steven Yeun’s (Glenn) typical routine out in Georgia? “Wake up, tick check (check everywhere), go to work — take it all in, sweat your butt off, come home and do another tick check.”
— When asked what’s a weirder gig, having a role on a zombie series or appearing in a Lady Gaga video, Reedus, perhaps surprisingly, answered ‘The Walking Dead.” “It doesn’t get much weirder than this,” he said.
— Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) said his agent sent him the script to the show soon after his son was born — a feat the actor said had in itself felt like “surviving a zombie apocalypse.”
— Yvonne Villarreal
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