C2E2: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel Offers Tasty Season 2 Details

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 1:21 pm,

[Spoiler Warning: some information revealed at the panel may spoil parts of The Walking Dead season 2]

One of the hottest shows on television is gearing up for season two with a panel at C2E2. The Walking Dead panel only included cast members Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden, but provided plenty of details and confirmation of the latest season two headlines.

There is plenty to hypothesize regarding season two – especially with regard to who will live and who will die. Fans of the graphic novel know that some of the living are subject to a gory death anytime now. Many of the fans in attendance were also curious about the behind-the-scenes details of the show, such as who will write and who will direct.

We know Edgar Wright has been asked to direct an episode and any character is subject to a zombie sandwich in season two, but the fans were hungry for more news. Even though television stars tend to be the last source of breaking news for hit shows, Bernthal and Holden were more than gracious with their panel.

Watch the panel below or continue on to read our analysis:

Some of the biggest stories were revealed near the end, but take precedent over the discussion-based panel segment.

Another rumor has been added to the mill, but this time by Laurie Holden. She mentioned that Stephen King may write an episode of the series in season two – a huge addition if true – and Frank Darabont will write, but not direct the premiere. Also, Bernthal confirmed that season two begins shooting on June 1st, which makes sense considering the Fall season premiere date. There was no mention of Edgar Wright, but Holden did receive a huge applause from the audience when she mentioned Charlie Sheen’s interest in the show. The pair also confirmed that season two will have thirteen episodes – up from six in season one.

The rest of the hour-long panel was filled with recollections of season one and hopes for season two. It is clear how much passion these two stars have for the project and their charismatic personalities made for an entertaining panel.

Both kicked off the panel with a recap of where their characters left off at the end of season one. Bernthal couldn’t actually remember, so shifted into praise for Darabont’s influences on the character.

Bernthal: “Shane screwed up pretty big at the end of the season. We’re gonna see a guy who is really, really lonely. It’s a different kind of loneliness. He’s with the people he loves and he can’t be with them the way he wants to. You will see the worst of him and the best of him in season two.”

Holden: “The only reason Andrea left the CDC is because she didn’t want Dale’s blood on her hands. She has lost everything and has no love in her life and there will be a lot of resentment towards Dale in season two. Andrea will get stronger and find her feet. In the graphic novel she emerges as a warrior, so I’m excited for that. She may be a bit of a lone wolf in season two, just trying to find her feet.”

Bernthal: “In this season, you’re going to see that these people are a lot more dangerous to each other than the zombies are.”

Bernthal went on to discuss the love/hate relationship fans have for his character, Shane Walsh. He mentioned his grandmother called him to scold him for making love to a married woman in the woods.

Both Holden and Bernthal share excitement for the graphic novel and the characters within. The two are enamored with Frank Darabont’s vision and the graphic novel’s source material. They rarely praise themselves. Instead, their thanks center around the minds behind the show. While they deserve all the thanks in the world, these actors brought characters to life in an environment and story that needed every ounce of their ability.

Holden: “Everyone was like, oh the writers are being replaced, oh no. It’s not going to mean anything, It’s all Frank. He is one of those rare artists that cares about humanity and passion.”

Bernthal: “Frank’s a bad ass. Period. When I read this pilot, it was just way better than anything else that was out there. [Bernthal went on to accidentally describe him with a number of sexual innuendos, so he gave up and finished with] Frank’s the best!”

Holden and Bernthal then got into the details of season two. While they have not received a script, and typically do not until just prior to the shooting dates (similar to Lost), they have been in plenty of discussions and hold a pretty accurate barometer for the upcoming events.

Holden: “I know we are going to get to Hershel’s farm in season two. But I can’t wait to get to the prison. Tyreese (Keith Allen Hayes is rumored in the role) and Michonne and The Governor – we’ve got some very bad ass people we are going to meet, but I don’t think we will get to the prison in season two because there is a lot to do, but we haven’t read the script so we don’t know.”

Holden’s familiarity with the graphic novel showed when she went into detail about potential plot developments. All three characters would add tremendous depth to an already fantastic cast, but will it be at the cost of one of the main characters?

Bernthal was playing it cool on stage, but constantly referred to his character’s death early on in the comic books. It seemed as though he was preparing himself mentally for a season two death – but, again, had not read that script yet.

Jon Bernthal Walking Dead C2E2 panel C2E2: The Walking Dead Panel Offers Tasty Season 2 Details

An audience member asked each actor what comic book character they’d like to play and Bernthal mentioned Preacher. He wants to “dig into that.” It was recently confirmed that D.J. Caruso will direct the film adaptation. He seems to like bigger names for his lead characters, but Bernthal expressed serious interest, so expect him to go after the role – especially if his acting slate is free following a potential season two death in The Walking Dead.

Another fan asked what Dr. Jenner whispered to Rick Grimes. Holden claims she knows and Bernthal was jokingly furious that he doesn’t know. The two followed up with a little banter since Bernthal clearly did not read the script; though, Holden explained that two versions were shot – one with audible dialogue and one without. Later, Bernthal mentioned he thinks maybe Dr. Jenner told Grimes that he has cameras everywhere and his wife has been doing some “gnarly stuff.”

The C2E2 panel for The Walking Dead provided plenty of nuggets of information and a pile of praise for Darabont’s creative ability – which isn’t surprising – since there’s already plenty of anticipation for the 13-episode season.

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  1. ARG! While I kind of expected them to only run 13 episodes and call it a season, USUALLY that means there would be another 7 airing sometime around early spring. If it’s just 13 episodes until the NEXT year though, I will be a bit disappointed.

    And Charlie Sheen is showing interest? o.O I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. Guess it depends on how they utilize his “talents”.

    • All of the AMC shows run 13 episode seasons. I don’t think they’ll ever really change that.

  2. As a pet peeve…..

    Please people stop calling it a graphic novel. It has never been a graphic novel.

    Just because it was in a trade paperback and it LOOKS like a graphic novel does not mean it is a graphic novel.

    That is my only complaint with TWD and most of the people involved.

    Charlie Sheen….. Warlock Govenor….. :D

    • “A graphic novel is a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format.” Wikipedia

      “a novel in the form of comic strips” dictionary.com

      “Graphic novels are sometimes called long comic books” Wisegeek.com

      What is your definition aknot? Coz i Think people Get it right when they refeer to it as a graphic novel.

      Charlie..? Really, i wouldnt do that, to much baggage with that name, or all kind a star celebreties. ofcourse that baggage may mean a boost of watcher, this may again insure that the show could finish its arc, which is all good, but i have a hard time taking mr Sheen seriously after seeing his webshow(he seems like a drugged out baffoon to me), and i like to see new faces in good productions, but again… …thats just me

  3. Jf

    Then just about everything is a Graphic Novel based on those definitions.

    A graphic novel usually is a self contained story. For example:

    The Amazing Spiderman 1-6. They were comic books. They have been “reprinted” in trade paperbacks, hardcover special editions, Masterpiece editions etc. However THEY can never be a Graphic Novel.

    That is not to say The amazing SPiderman can not be IN a graphic novel as evident below:
    The Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky (1986) (ISBN 8439508662)
    The Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives (May 1989) (ISBN 0871355736)
    The Amazing Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth (1990) (ISBN 0871356929)
    Spider-Man: Fear Itself (February 1992) (ISBN 0871357526)

    IMO Graphic Novel started being over used and “pushed” on people to catch an eye.

    The Walking Dead is a Comic Book series that has been ade into Trade Paperbacks. Some of those may be Hardcover trades… however that does not make them a Graphic Novel as the story is not “new” and has already been told in its original comic book format.

    • Aknot i see your point of the term beeing overused, and i have to bow to your knowledge of spiderman(have not read spiderman since the early 80s so i can not argue anything you say). But this aside, i like the wisegeek.com explanation myselves, if a story arc is not solved in a usually typed comic book, i call it a novel. Tintin is novel, Donald duck is comic book(usually), calvin & ( the tiger and little boy) Are strips.

      What it comes down to is sematics of what ” Long” comes down to,, i have the walking dead ‘books’, and all togheter i would call them a graphic novel, as i would 300, and some of the conan stories, etc

      But again, i understand your pet peeve of overselling the term, i just dont agree that this is the case of the walking dead.

      • It should read

        What it comes down to is sematics of what the term ” Long” means, i have the walking dead ‘books’, and all togheter i would call them a graphic novel, as i would 300, and some of the conan stories, etc”

        Sorry about that

        And i do not think reselling a story should take away its creditt, i have bought’ the running man’ twice, its still a novel the second time arround ;)

        • The Spiderman thing I had to google. I do have one of those Graphic Novels.

          Some in the comics community have objected to the term, “graphic novel” on the grounds that it is unnecessary, or that its usage has been corrupted by commercial interests. Writer Alan Moore believes, “It’s a marketing term … that I never had any sympathy with. The term ‘comic’ does just as well for me. … The problem is that ‘graphic novel’ just came to mean ‘expensive comic book’ and so what you’d get is people like DC Comics or Marvel Comics — because ‘graphic novels’ were getting some attention, they’d stick six issues of whatever worthless piece of crap they happened to be publishing lately under a glossy cover and call it The She-Hulk Graphic Novel….


          The term graphic novel is not strictly defined and is sometimes used, controversially, to imply subjective distinctions in artistic quality between graphic novels and other kinds of comics. It suggests a complete story that has a beginning, middle and end, as opposed to an ongoing series.


          Again original/new/self contained storyline…. Graphic Novel. Issue already sold/read/presented in another format (usually standard comic).. Trade Paperback.

          I went to wisegeek.com and noticed you left this out of your definition above:
          Unlike the traditional comic book, however, graphic novels are longer and tend to cover a story from start to finish.

          Then they go onto to say:
          In some cases, though, a graphic novel is a compilation of several series of comics that begin and end a particular story arc.

          Which contridicts. It is either or…. Which is why I say what I say about it.

          Then they have a definition for trade paperbacks…
          Trade paperbacks, sometimes referred to as graphic novels, are books made by compiling several stories originally published as comic books.

          Which now would have me believe that site has no idea what it is talking about with regards to Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks.

          A trade paperback and a graphic novel are two different things.

  4. Charlie…. Hmm, might be a good zombie? A doped up zombie that is.
    Can’t wait for season two, Can’t even remember what happened last :P
    13 episodes will be nice, so October, 4, November, 4, December, 4, and then the big finally five days into the year 2012, when real world apocalypse will happen XD
    Zombie apocalypse for 1012? I like.

  5. I can’t wait for the fall this is one of my favorite shows although I hope the Charlie Sheen thing stays a rumor and surely it’ll be as mongoose said and they’ll play another seven episodes in the spring because all this waiting around for a year crap has to stop

  6. I am soooo impatient. I can not wait for the next season to begin. I love this show and I even have my fiancee interested. I am a major horror buff yet I enjoy the story created for each character. This is the one show we watch together. Great!

  7. first season made me so mad, 6 episodes!!!! 6 mother *u$#!ing episodes thats not a season, if they pull some bull like that again im not watchin no more

    • Totally agree, 6episodes Are not a season…
      …on the other hand, they could air 2 episodes pr season and i would still be plastered infront of the screen.
      This show got it all, including zombies…
      Best adaptation of a graphic novel, ever… (yeah you heard right aknot, this is still a based on a graphic novel;) )

  8. Charlie Sheen? The only way I could see THAT being good is if he’s playing himself as a zombie, and the characters recognize him before placing an ax in his head…

  9. Okay, 2 things. 1. When will the first episode of season 2 come out? And 2. Why didnt those people pick up some of the military guns from all the dead bodies outside the CDC or anywhere for that matter. Your in the zombie apocalypse. Scrounge whatever guns and ammo you can find!

  10. They didn’t have time, the place was blowing up, zombies were in the streets… they can’t just waltz around picking up guns, and whose to say those guns even had any ammo left? Besides all that, machine guns make too much noise, granted later down the line they will wish they had them. But later down the line you will see why being silent in a zombie apocalypse is key to survival… HOARDS!

  11. What about after the place blew up? And I believe most military weapons have switches too choose between 3 round burst and single fire and then automatic. Plus, None of their weapons had silencers. And even if they didnt have ammo in them, Your talking about a standard 5.56x45mm or .223. Extremely common calibers. I’m 100% sure they would find some ammo if they had just scrounged around a little bit.

  12. The term “graphic novel” started with the “Alien” graphic novel, then the “Outland” graphic novel in the early ’80′s(I still have both!).
    Both were made with stills from the movies, the “Heavy Metal” bought out an illustrated version of “Alien” (which I also have), based on the success of that wonderful tome, “Heavy Metal” did graphic novels of the stories that had been serialised.
    Notably, “StarStruck”, “Rank Zerox”, “Tex Arcana and the toast of the wild west”, Richard Corbin’s “Den” stories.

  13. I think the whole graphic novel thing just makes it sound better. Comic book sounds to kiddie. I agree 6 episodes is kind of hard to call a season, n if AMC knew how successful this show would be I think they would have made more. My other sort of complaint is how little it dealt with the books. There was some loose similarities aside from the characters, and I’ve said it before, tv movies comics video games are all different medians n what works in one doesn’t always work in a different form, but I thought it could of been a little closer. Though from what they said in season two will be the farm n at least lead up to the prison n the governor. That will be incredible to see. I hope merril does come back though.

  14. when does the first episode of season 2 Air anyway?

  15. I can’t wait until season 2 comes out! I have so many unanswered questions, like what ever happened to dixon? Does anyone know of the exact date season 2 starts?

  16. As far as I know it’s in the fall, there was a rumor in July but they don’t even start filming til June. So I doubt that will happen. It’ll probly be about when the first season started. Sux but at least it’s coming back

  17. Yeah. But thank you for answering my question. I can’t believe they would wait so long.

  18. Charlie freakin Sheen?? i hope to god hes not in any of the new episodes,i will not watch a single one.

  19. There is no way he’d be in it, even before he went off the deepens. Come on he has nothing to offer the show, even as a zombie. Does anyone know if the same cast of actors are on board? I hope so

  20. Can’t wait for the 2nd season of this GRAPHIC NOVEL to start… =)

  21. This is by far the best series I have ever watched. I was lucky enough to have someone give me the first season in HD and me and my wife (who doesn’t like zombie movies) couldn’t keep our eyes off it. The first night we watch episode 1-4 and stayed up into the morning hours of the night. The next morning we finished the rest of the season and couldn’t believe there aren’t anymore to watch. It sucks having to wait till possibly the Fall of 2011.

    The makeup and look of the zombies is spectacular! Reminds me of the Zombieland zombies. Anyway please keep them coming!!!

  22. Cant wait till season 2 !!!! Love the show .

  23. Forget the major players on the Walking Dead– Where is Merrell???

  24. i love this show i hate only having a few episodes at a time, i want to watch them all, i hate having to wait, i love this show too much it is my favorite ever.