Feb. 07, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.
AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” returns for the second half of its third season Sunday with an installment titled “The Suicide King.” The run of eight episodes marks the end of the line for departing show runner Glen Mazzara, who leaves his position as a result of creative differences with the network. Word of his departure came as a shock to fans. Mazzara, of course, is the second show runner in just three seasons to part from “The Walking Dead” under mysterious circumstances — series creator Frank Darabont left the show during the production of Season 2, and the series thrived during his tenure, enjoying remarkable success in its third season. The show kicked off to record-breaking ratings this past October and remained wildly popular with audiences and critics, who praised “The Walking Dead” for its complex examination […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.
When word came down that “The Walking Dead” would be renewed for a fourth season, it was hardly a surprise. The AMC zombie series has become a pop culture touchpoint, bringing in record-breaking ratings and introducing mainstream audiences to the type of expertly crafted horror movie gore that once only devoted genre fans cheered. Far more shocking was the news that Glen Mazzara would leave his post as show runner, a reportedly amicable parting of the ways that resulted from creative differences between Mazzara and the network. (Mazzara, of course, is the second show runner in just three seasons to part from “The Walking Dead” under mysterious circumstances — series creator Frank Darabont left the show during the production of Season 2.) The experienced producer is remaining in his position to see through the conclusion of the season, though, a […]
Jan. 21, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Want to meet Robert Kirkman? Now’s your chance. The man whose name is these days most often associated with “The Walking Dead” — either the hit AMC zombie series or the comic book — will appear with illustrator Ryan Ottley on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks to celebrate the 100th issue of their comic “Invincible” and to commemorate the store’s 10th anniversary. Published by Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics, “Invincible” offers a fascinating take on the superhero comic — Mark Grayson must come to terms with the powers he possesses and the legacy that comes with being the offspring of the world’s most powerful hero, Omni-Man. Over the course of “Invincible’s” narrative, Grayson’s story has taken a number of unexpected twists, and in the process won a devoted following. Kirkman created “Invincible” with Cory Walker, […]
Dec. 21, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.
It’s a good-news, bad-news scenario for fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The cable outlet renewed the hit zombie series for a fourth season Friday morning, but show runner Glen Mazzara will not be at the helm. “My time as show runner on ‘The Walking Dead’ has been an amazing experience, but after I finish Season 3, it’s time to move on,” Mazzara said in a statement. “I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.” A statement released by AMC said that there is “a difference of opinion about where the show should go” and had concluded that it would be best to part ways. Although the statement […]
Nov. 30, 2012 | 11:44 a.m.
The title of Sunday’s mid-season finale of the “The Walking Dead,” “Made to Suffer,” certainly implies nothing good for Rick Grimes and the survivors. The group is divided now into two forces — the ones who remained behind at the prison with the newly named infant Judith and the strike team that headed to Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie from the Governor. Written by Robert Kirkman, the episode will be the last new chapter audiences will see of the hit AMC zombie series until it returns from a weeks-long hiatus in mid-February. Before heading back to Georgia where production wraps on Season 3 today, show runner Glen Mazzara took time to assess the storyline so far and to offer some hints about what lies ahead. Caution, spoilers ahead. HC: I’m curious, what are your thoughts on the first half […]
Nov. 11, 2012 | 10:56 a.m.
Last week’s shocking episode of “The Walking Dead” was the very definition of heartwrenching — with two key characters dying and one vanishing. (If you’re behind in your viewing, this would maybe be a good time to stop reading; if you’d like to relive the trauma, click through the image gallery above). Robert Kirkman, the show’s executive producer and the creator of the comic book that spawned AMC’s hit zombie drama, said that the decision to kill off Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori and IronE Singleton’s T-Dog — and to not specifically address what might have happened to Carol (Melissa McBride) was designed to underscore just how high the stakes are for the remaining survivors in the harsh, unforgiving world — an ensemble of characters that now includes a tiny newborn baby. “It was definitely a lot,” said Kirkman, speaking by […]
Oct. 28, 2012 | 6:19 p.m.
In Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” the hit AMC series will finally arrive at a destination plenty of fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic book have been clamoring to see on screen: Woodbury. The idyllic Southern town isn’t quite as perfect as it seems, of course — it’s under the control of The Governor, the legendary bad guy who’ll be played by actor David Morrissey, and whose presence will surely spell trouble for Rick Grimes and the other survivors. Speaking on the Georgia set of the show earlier this year, showrunner Glen Mazzara emphasized that the iteration of the Governor on the series will be more nuanced than his comic book counterpart, a monstrous villain who would force prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for sport, among other sins. “We were looking for a talented actor who could play a […]
Oct. 19, 2012 | 10:39 a.m.
Sarah Wayne Callies gets that not everyone is pleased with the character she plays on “The Walking Dead.” Rick Grimes’ wife, Lori, emerged last season as one of the more controversial figures at the heart of AMC’s record-breaking post-apocalyptic zombie series, criticized for the choices she made as a wife and a mother, and for her reaction to the erratic, troubling behavior of Rick’s increasingly unstable best friend Shane. Now, with the impending birth of her child and the gulf between Lori and her husband (Andrew Lincoln) threatening to widen, Callies’ character is finding herself at something of a crossroads. “I think right now, Lori is really seeking redemption,” the actress said this summer on the set of the show. “I think the first two seasons happened so fast that she didn’t have a whole lot of time to sit […]
Oct. 10, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.
If fans of “The Walking Dead” had one complaint last season, it was pacing. Rick Grimes and his band of post-apocalyptic survivors camped at Hershel’s farm for a long stretch of episodes as they desperately searched for young Sophia (a quest that, of course, came to a heartbreaking conclusion once Shane insisted on breaking into that barn). But on the Georgia set of AMC’s hit zombie series earlier this year, show runner Glen Mazzara defended the creative decisions that kept the action steadily, if deliberately, moving forward, even as he promised an action-packed return to form when the show’s third season kicks off Sunday. “It was a matter of pacing, like any show, it takes a while to find it — I think we did,” Mazzara said between takes. “Moving on, we know what the show is. We know what’s […]
Oct. 04, 2012 | 12:39 p.m.
A considerable part of the action of the third season of “The Walking Dead” takes place in the fictional town of Woodbury, the seemingly idyllic Southern locale under the control of the fearsome law-and-order man known as the Governor. The character might be new to some fans of AMC’s hit zombie series, which is poised to return Oct. 14, but he’s infamous among readers of Robert Kirkman’s comic book, a towering figure of evil who’s responsible for countless deaths and who ultimately suffers a pretty ugly fate himself. English actor David Morrissey, best known for his stellar work in the BBC miniseries “State of Play,” landed the role of the Governor, and both he and “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara, speaking on the show’s Georgia’s set earlier this year, promised that the character won’t be quite the mustache-twirling baddie who […]