Oct. 12, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” kicks off its fifth season Sunday with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the other survivors facing off against hungry cannibals. No one said life during the zombie apocalypse would be easy. Although the road the group has traveled has been unspeakably difficult, their hardships have helped catapult the hit AMC drama to the center of popular culture — “The Walking Dead” continues to rank as television’s most watched prime-time scripted drama, averaging more than 13 million viewers last year. (The season 4 finale was seen by 15.7 million people.) It’s little wonder that AMC has ordered a pilot for a “Walking Dead” spinoff, which is set to go into production this year, and already has confirmed that the series, overseen by show runner Scott M. Gimple, will return for a sixth season. Click through the […]
July 25, 2014 | 3:32 p.m.
The Season 5 panel of “The Walking Dead” kicked off with a supposed sneak peek at what the characters are up to in the 15th episode of the new season, and it turns out they’re all still stuck in the train car at Terminus, the settlement of hostile cannibals where the characters were imprisoned at the end of Season 4. The fake clip showed Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) in big Moses beards, playing cards and munching on cooked pieces of their castmates. “Tastes like Carl,” Rick says munching on what looks like bacon. Showrunner Scott Gimple described it as “‘Cheers’ at Terminus.” Though he was predictably vague on details about the upcoming season, which premieres Oct. 12, Gimple did say that the back story of Terminus would be shown. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 For the first half […]
Feb. 10, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” returned for the second half of its fourth season Sunday with a gripping episode titled “After,” which tracks Rick, Carl and Michonne as they attempt to recover from the crushing attack that rendered their prison sanctuary uninhabitable and scattered the survivors out on the road once more. Written by Robert Kirkman and directed by Greg Nicotero, the episode features a memorable turn for Danai Gurira and her warrior Michonne. The character’s steely demeanor always has served as a kind of emotional armor, helping her to cope with profound, unspeakable loss and survive in the brutal, post-apocalyptic landscape. But in the latest installment of the wildly popular series, Michonne finds herself struggling to suppress painful memories of the time before the dead roamed the earth and wondering whether she should continue to fight to survive in a world […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 10:39 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” is set to return for the second half of its fourth season on Sunday, Feb. 9, and AMC has released a short trailer teasing what’s to come for the beleaguered survivors on the hit zombie show. In the wake of the events of December’s mid-season finale, the Governor is no longer a threat, but Rick Grimes and his people have lost the option of sheltering in the prison. After a bloody confrontation that left key players dead, the members of the group find themselves back out on the road searching for some kind of safe haven, and one another. Difficult choices and potential enemies, not to mention walkers, greet them at every turn. The trailer, which plays to a haunting rendition of “Bad Moon Rising,” suggests that in spite of everything, Andrew Lincoln’s Rick is determined to […]
Nov. 18, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
So now we know what happened to the Governor. “The Walking Dead” continued its season four focus on character-driven episodes with Sunday’s “Live Bait,” a standalone installment that charted the one-eyed villain’s time out on the road after his fateful showdown with Rick and his band of survivors, a conflict that ended in surprising, horrifying violence. British actor David Morrissey said even though the Governor, now living as Brian Blake, has blood on his hands, he’s struggling to cope with his guilt and wrestling with the realization that great darkness dwells inside him. Hero Complex caught up with Morrissey to chat about having the chance to more deeply explore the complicated psychology of a man at the end of the world, and what might happen next now that the Governor’s past has caught up with him. Those who missed Sunday’s […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fifth season. AMC announced Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book, will lumber back for another run of installments, hardly surprising news considering the massive ratings the show is enjoying. The series has become television’s most-watched prime-time drama, with its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. Scott M. Gimple also is set to return as show runner, AMC confirmed. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement issued by the network Tuesday. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season…” Check […]
Oct. 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
It’s not an exaggeration to describe “The Walking Dead” as the biggest thing on television right now. AMC’s hit zombie series, adapted from the comic book created by Robert Kirkman, has become the most-watched prime-time drama, its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. But Kirkman, an executive producer on the show and the writer of Sunday’s episode, “Isolation,” said he and his fellow scripters are doing their best not to dwell on the series’ success for fear it will become an unwelcome distraction from the creative task at hand. “The ratings really have gotten absolutely insane,” Kirkman told Hero Complex. “We really have to ignore it, otherwise it does become unrelenting pressure that we just can’t deal with.” With “Isolation,” Kirkman continues to ratchet up the tension inside the prison as Rick and the other survivors contend […]
Oct. 20, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
“The Walking Dead” returns Sunday after a record-breaking season premiere that attracted some 16.1 million viewers, making the AMC zombie drama one of the most watched shows on television. The second episode of season 4, titled “Infected,” picks up the action in the wake of the mysterious death of one of the residents of the prison, with the incident threatening the stability of life inside the prison sanctuary. In an interview with Hero Complex, “Walking Dead” executive producer Greg Nicotero said that event put “a ticking time bomb right in the middle of cell block C.” “We know we’re dealing with a whole other threat — the potential of a disease that can kill you before you even have an opportunity to tell anybody that you’re sick,” Nicotero said. To see what else he had to say, check out our […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” returned Sunday night with an episode titled “30 Days Without an Accident,” the first installment of season 4 of the hit AMC zombie series, written by new showrunner Scott M. Gimple and directed by executive producer and special effects makeup expert Greg Nicotero. The episode alternated between quieter character moments and one simply amazing zombie spectacle sequence that had walkers raining down on our favorite survivors through a hole in the ceiling during a supply run. Of course, the hour ended with a strong indication that the prison is no longer going to be the secure outpost that Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and his people have endeavored to make it, with disease threatening to disrupt the relative tranquility of life inside the walls. Late last week, Hero Complex spoke to Nicotero about his work on the episode, […]
Oct. 13, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” kicks off its fourth season on AMC on Sunday night, with “30 Days Without an Accident,” which critics have described as a quieter, more brooding installment than the action-packed season three finale that saw a showdown between Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and the ruthless Governor (David Morrissey), a face-off that resulted in a number of casualties. Although the one-eyed villain escaped with his life, he won’t be the main threat facing Rick and his people, whose ranks have swollen thanks to an influx of newcomers. Instead, this season it will be the walkers posing the greatest danger, a fact confirmed by the show’s executive producer Greg Nicotero — the pioneering makeup effects artist who has now helmed six episodes of “The Walking Dead.” Hero Complex caught up with Nicotero late last week to chat about what fans […]