AMC Readies ‘The Walking Dead’ Webisodes Before Season 2 Premiere

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 am,

walking dead webisodes bycicle girl AMC Readies The Walking Dead Webisodes Before Season 2 Premiere

It’s been a long and grueling wait for The Walking Dead‘s many fans – but the wait for new zombiefied action just got a little shorter: AMC will be airing six short webisodes next Monday, just two weeks before the season 2 premiere.

The short stories will focus on a character who’s infamous for Dead heads, the crawling, bisected zombie girl that Rick Grimes encounters just after leaving the hospital in last year’s pilot episode. Show writers calls the character “Bicycle Girl.” The forthcoming webisodes follow the life of the girl named Hannah leading up to her death, un-death, and finally the iconic meeting with Rick.

All six episodes will air on AMC’s website on Monday, October 3rd. The network announced the webisodes when it promoted special effects guru Greg Nicotero to the co-executive producer role in the wake of Frank Darabont’s controversial departure.

Nicotero himself is in the driver’s seat for the webisodes, which will show the slow transformation of Hannah into Bycicle Girl in a sequence that’s sure to put even The Walking Deads stellar makeup and practical effects to the test. You can see the level of work that went into the segments from the pilot as Nicotero explains in a behind-the-scenes video:

The original Bicycle Girl actress (whom Darabont apparently cast himself as season 1 was filming in Georgia) will not return to the role. Presumably at least a few minutes from the pilot have been re-shot with the new actress/victim, Lilli Birdsell. She’s made the rounds on network shows like Two And A Half Men, NCIS and Cold Case, but has yet to secure a breakout part.

Fans and media alike have been considering Darabont’s firing for months, with a gloomy eye towards the successful series’ future. News leaks of The Walking Dead‘s budget being slashed  didn’t help – including the disturbing suggestion that the expensive zombies be heard instead of seen. Perhaps the creation of the Bicycle Girl webisodes under Nicotero is a way to save face with the series faithful.

In any case, new content is likely to be gobbled up eagerly by an audience starving for more.

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The Walking Dead webisodes land on AMC’s website on Monday, October 3rd at 2PM. The Season 2 premiere will follow on the 16th.

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  1. Wasn’t the budget recently reduced? Why are they wasting money, supplies, and time? The make-up and special effects were well done in the first season; what more will this webisode show? Unless this is more like ‘behind the scenes’, which it doesn’t sound like, it is pointless and costly…just leak the first episode, as was done with last season’s Dexter.

    • *season 4′s Dexter.

  2. @Ardayin, What’s wrong with a side story, especially from this particular character? Have you read the novels or are you just latched on to the TV series? I ask because face it: The zombies are not the main point of The Walking Dead. Its focus is on the living, breathing characters and how they adapt, survive, and interact with each other…both externally and internally.

    The way I see it, this is not some random web series that is taking away any resources at all from the TV series. In fact, I’m pretty confident it will only add to it. Bicycle Girl is the only zombie to have any real significance, so why not learn more about her and the life she had prior to the outbreak? That connection to the character just makes the scene, both in the novel and the series, that much more intense (When Rick takes the out-of-his-way route just to finally put her at rest).

    • @Sam. I agree with you. There is nothing wrong with a side story (or with supplemental webisodes, etc), especially with a large number of characters as there is in “The Walking Dead”. I enjoy when a TV series give their veiwers additional material that we can hunt for and watch on the internet. But, from my understanding of the above article it seems as though the point of these 6 webisodes is to showcase the superiority of the make-up and special affects used in “The Walking Dead”. I don’t think that makes sense, considering that the number of episodes in “The Walking Dead” was recently cut from 16 to 13 and the budget was dropped (if memory serves me) from $3.4 million to $2.7 million. It just seems weird hat despite AMC having troubles (i.e. with “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, and whatever else) they are making webisodes. I would rather they focus their attention and money on the actual series. Anyway, I’m still going to watch the webisodes.

      I don’t agree that the Bicycle Girl was the only zombie to have any real significance. Yes, Rick coming back to kill her was a sign of his compassion, and it showed a moment of humanity when there really isn’t any left. But, I would argue that the Little Girl at the beginning was more significant. Rick killing that walker not only took the TV series into the place where other zombie shows/movies do not (i.e. killing a kid zombie), but it also set a merciless tone for the rest of the series to follow. In my opinion, the reason the Bicycle Girl was chosen for the webisodes was because she, in her appearance, stood out amongst the other walkers and the most could be done with her in terms of make-up and special effects.

  3. I can definitely see what you’re saying in terms of the budgetary ascpect, and I agree. I guess I just think the webisodes are adding more to the series than they are taking away from. I have to assume they will be included in the Season 2 Blu-Ray special features…and hopefully then it will include a more behind-the-scenes look at the effects and makeup that you had previously talked about.

    I still think Bicycle Girl was the most significant zombie. The Dawn of the Dead remake had a zombie baby being killed. But you said it best: it was a sign of his compassion, and it showed a moment of humanity. I think it goes a little deeper too, in the sense that a very level head is needed to survive in this sort of situation, and to keep that humanity in tact. It introduces us to the Rick Grimes we know and love in a fairly dramatic fashion.

    I don’t think you answered this, but have you read the novels? If not, I highly suggest them. They are much better than the TV series, especially in the shock value department!

    • @Sam. Sadly, I haven’t read past volume 2. I actually have volumes 1-8 in front of me. I started reading last year when I heard that the TV adaptation was being produced, but I haven’t yet been able to give the books the time I need to complete them.

  4. I think that u nerds should stick to watching the national geopgraphic chanell or something the walking dead is all about surviving these brain eating zombies not about”focus is on the living, breathing characters and how they adapt, survive, and interact with each other…both externally and internally

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