- Cast in attendance included Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Jon Bernthal (Shane), and Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon).
- Callies joked that Lincoln’s Brit accent is “totally fake.” She says that people probably won’t like her character in the first few episodes, but for them to “hang in there.”
- Bernthal’s character was booed by the crowd when announced. He thanked them for that reaction, “God bless you NY – they didn’t do that in San Diego. That’s how it’s suppossed to be done!”
- Holden described her character as “A gal just trying to find her family…and survive.” Darabont added that she’ll get really good with guns.
- Yeun said Glenn is a boy who grows into being a man; Reedus said Daryl is a badass ex-con who finds where his loyalties truly are. Callies added that his entrance into the show is great.
- Grimes said he read the first 100 pages of the graphic novel then didn’t want to read anymore (no SPOILERS!).
- Callies confessed that she never told Darabont that she has never seen a zombie flick, but picked up the comic and then ran back to get more issues. Holden read compendium 1 when she got the role – but like Grimes, didn’t want to read too far (NO SPOILERS!).
- Yeun said he read a couple issues – but didn’t buy them. He was too poor at the time. He was a fan though, and was happy to see that the show creators “were doing it right.”
- Bernthal didn’t buy the comic until he got the role. When he read the comic he was disappointed that [CENSORED SPOILER] and that his character was, as one audience member yelled, “a douche.”
- Hurd said that Season 2 of the show depends on the support they get for season 1 – so SUPPORT IT.
- Lincoln and Callies described the irony of a Zombie apocalypse saving their Rick and Lori’s marriage and how the couple have to get to know one another all over again once Rick wakes up.
- Holden spoke about the Dale/Andrea relationship. She says Jeff DeMunn is a “yummy” man who shows Andrea a love and kindness that she’s never known.
- Reedus described his character with an analogy of angels acting like devils and devils acting like angles when the world is ending. “Zombies aren’t the only enemy.”
- Yeun described his first day on set filming an action scene where he sprinted and hopped obstacles while lugging two big bags of guns. He ended up passing out after either several takes, or one take – the story varies with the teller. Darabont confirmed that it was hellishly hot in Atlanta while they were shooting.
- A fan asked how they will handle the Lost “Walt Problem” with young Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). How will they film multiple seasons when the kid is still growing. Darabont said that they will “cross that scary bridge when we get to it.” Kirkman jokes that Riggs is actually 33 years old.
- Kirkman says it was great to win the Eisner award for his comic. He’s humbled by the accolades.
- Darabont says his secret to success as a screen writer is to sit down and write for twelve hours a day, and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
That’s it for the panel – get ready for the worldwide premiere of the The Walking Dead on Halloween Night! Check out a trailer for the show HERE. You can also see our coverage of the The Walking Dead panel from the San Diego Comic-Con HERE.