The Walking Dead: A Look Back At Season 1 & Forward To Season 2

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

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The The Walking Dead season finale shambled off TV screens with record breaking numbers (check out our Walking Dead finale review) fueling hungry zombies, I mean fans, to speculate about where the series is headed next season.

Especially the mysterious Lost in Translation whisper between Dr. Jenner and Rick.

According to The Wrap, the season finale took in a total of six million viewers and scored a record breaking (for a basic cable show) four million viewers within the 18-49 demographic.

While the numbers are certainly exciting for any Dead-heads out there, the ratings shouldn’t come as any kind of shock, The Walking Dead premiered to 5.3 million viewers and averaged 3.5 million per episode over the course of the six episodes this season – maintaining a sizable audience. Which means there is a veritable horde of viewers hungry for the 13 episodes AMC is promising to deliver in 2011.

That said, no one is more anxious to see what happens to the on-screen Walking Dead drama, than writer Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book, who serves as an executive producer for the TV series (and even penned the fourth episode).

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Speaking with EW, Kirkman was excited to share about the process of creating the finale – especially considering, at the time, the team wasn’t even sure the series would get picked up:

“It’s something that Frank [Darabont, Walking Dead executive producer] was very mindful of. He did a really good job of putting a button on the sixth episode, just in case things went horribly awry. At the same time, there’s a lot of questions and he leaves you with a sense of, “Where are they going down this road and what is going to happen next?” So there’s a lot of room for continuation.”

Fortunately, the show was picked up for a second season; though the filmmakers only found out a month ago. As a result, it’s not surprising that Kirkman is vague when discussing the upcoming season – a lot of details are, without a doubt, still very much up in the air.

“There’s been a little bit of behind the scenes stuff going on between the producers on the show and AMC, just figuring out when we’re going to get started and how we are going to do things and what our overall plan for season two is. That kind of stuff has been going on. But I don’t think any actual heavy work will be happening until after Christmas.”

But we’re not entirely in the dark. Kirkman admits that Merle (played by Michael Rooker) isn’t going to be M.I.A. for too long:

“We will definitely see Michael Rooker (Merle) again.”

Merle and Daryl (Norman Reedus), the hill-billy brothers are not featured in the comic book – created exclusively for The Walking Dead TV series (think Chloe Sullivan in Smallville). While, Darabont and company have previously admitted that the series will not follow the books exclusively, the writers have added free-reign with the brothers – so who knows where Merle will turn up.

That said, Merle could factor into the introduction of one of the series’ most iconic villains, The Governor (either serving as a lackey or outright replacing the original character entirely). Merle (not to mention Michael Rooker) would be an easy replacement for the Governor’s origin story and their temperaments are a fair match. It might sound like speculation at this point but fans of the comic books would have been negligent if they missed the potential significance of Merle cutting off his own hand.

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As for Jenner’s mysterious whisper to Rick, Kirkman seemed to hint that it was related to the larger overarching story – not characters within the group (i.e. the Lori/Rick/Shane love-triangle):

“Anything can happen! I don’t want to give anything away! Look, it could have been just like, ‘Hey, watch out for those zombies out there, dude!’ But it wasn’t. It’ll probably be revealed in season two, what he said. And it’s pretty monumental.”

While anything is possible, in the twisted, and increasingly crazy, land of The Walking Dead, describing the whisper as “monumental” seems to indicate a much larger piece of information that Jenner was passing along. While there’s no confirmation regarding what exactly Jenner did tell Rick, it’s hard to imagine that it’d be related to any specific character, instead of  the overarching story – since it may not even be revealed in the second season (“It’ll probably be revealed in season two”) - i.e. something Jenner hadn’t told the group about the Walkers or another end point for the group to journey toward.

The Walking Dead fans have a lengthy wait ahead of them – since the series will not return with new episodes until October of 2011. In the mean time, make sure to whet your craving for more of The Walking Dead when the first season is released on DVD/Blu ray this Spring.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know where you think we’ll be shambling in season 2 of The Walking Dead.

Source: The Wrap & EW

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  1. Good stuff. My…how times have changed. I remember having to wait until late night on cable channels to be able to get a good zombie flick. Now it’s on AMC!

    I like the theory that Lori is prego with Shane’s kid. But what if the baby is a zombie waiting to be born?! How crazy would that be! That’s the only thing that I can think of to make a facial expression like Rick had.

    I agree with Chromite, they definitely should’ve slow played Rick reuniting with his family. I was preparing for that anyway.

    ATTN ROBERT KIRKMAN: Please do not make the fatal flaw that all these new shows make by Jumping The Shark too early. Slow play your plots and don’t let them get too complicated. That’s the quickest way to lose your BEST viewers…..those of us with money to buy the products in the commercials.

    Sheesh….now that that’s over with,… can I get a walk on role on TWD as a “geek”?

  2. I was addicted to season one hope season two is just as thrilling although wonder what happens to the black guy and son?

  3. people youve misunderstood the show. its about the group of survivors, not the zombies.

  4. This person has it right. READ THE GRAPHIC NOVELS before you start BAWWWWWing over the love traingle. The concept of the graphic novel was to follow the SURVIVORS until either they all die (ran out of cash), or find salvation, hopefully temporary safety, otherwise it would just turn into some kind of American version of shoujo manga. But the whole idea is a zed flick that NEVER ENDS.


  6. Well I would like to see more zombies munching on the survivors, even a ronald Mcdonald zombie. I havent seen a series yet that stays to the book
    every show will drift eventually and i hope it means more survival horror
    maybe the group will form a Mad Max colony. There has to be some bikers that survived who rape and pillage the survivors, kind of like the guys in the gang but turned out to be good guys.. I think the dude who sawed his hand off is going to cause some problems for the group. When the zombies crashed the camp i thought the one handed dude did it. But i really think this guy is going to mess with the group that should make it interesting.
    Then we can get back to who knocked up ricks wife and it wasnt rick?

  7. I think zombie gives an idea of fiction, and for most good “zombie” films, they have other names for them: “things, stenches, walkers, night walkers. I think the writers want to be unique and make believe that a “zombie Apocalypse” can happen, but not use the term “zombie” because it sounds fake.

  8. I was wondering what happened to the guy they left at camp tied to the tree. I think we will see him again…still alive and maybe a survivor with somekind of antibodies that can stop the change.

    • the guy who was tied to the tree got bitten in the third last episode and was left on the side of the road to die.

  9. We need a Ronald McDonald Zombie…..NO BURGERS…

  10. great show just arrived in the uk,im hooked .

  11. i think the whisper was “this is the key to your survival” and then put somethig in rick pocket . that was why rick looked shocked

  12. now that i see it again something was DEFINATLY put in ricks hand when he shakes hands

  13. so is the series still going to continue ?