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

Published 3 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. All i know is that the wait will be killing me. The DVD set better include a lot of extras too when it is released!!

    • The chick is pregnant whos the father!?!?! lol.

  2. It’s ridiculous that it will take SO LONG for the second season.

    • It’ll be painful, but hopefully that means we’ll get a good hugh quality Season 2.

      Here’s hoping!

    • I agree! It seems that you have to wait almost a year for the next series and how ridiculous is that? Not just for Walking Dead, it seems nearly all series are like that now.

  3. The best zombie stuff I have seen in a while. I would like to see them make a priority of using silent weapons. And also to use tactics ie get something that makes noise to lure the z s into a kill zone. Like the charger was used in guts.

  4. Amazing,gripping, jaw dropping fun!! I loved this show best show on tv (next to Dexter) and i am so glad i have every episode recorded so i can go back untill the DVD comes out i cannot wait till season 2

  5. I think the whisper was either, “I saw your cop partner friend grope your wife on my security cameras!” and Rick will then know of the affair.

    or

    he said, “I finished testing your blood, and your all infected!”

    or

    “There’s a way to bring the dead back, the spark at the stem is the key!”

  6. I am waiting, but, yeah, it will kill me. It’s all worth it in the end. At least, I hope it is. I believe the second season will be really good.

  7. I hope they concentrate on the farm in the second season. Getting there and all that happens, maybe the trip to their new home after that. (trying to be vague with that in case others haven’t seen/heard where it goes)

  8. SPOILERS

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    ummm, they all took blood tests? I would think that it relates to that and how his wife could be pregnant with Shane’s baby. (Blood tests would show that after all…)

    • This is the potential plot-point I was alluding to in the article, but not outright stating. I’d say that revelation is more “shocking” than “monumental.” Plus, that’d be a bizarre thing for Jenner to have told Rick – “Hey, in case you don’t know, your wife is pregnant.” The lack of any emotional response from Rick, even if they are fleeing for their lives (in my opinion) makes it unlikely this is what the whisper was about.

      • This has to be it. It was the first thing I thought of when he whispered into Rick’s ear. If it isn’t this, then it has to be something else related to the blood tests, and not that they’re all infected, since that’s not how the virus has been shown to work so far.

        I mean, there’s no reason for Jenner to ask for blood samples if they serve no purpose to the plot. Sure, in real life it’s better to be safe than sorry, but in a fictional story, especially one with writers as talented as Darabont, every little bit matters. The writers have to have something planned for those blood tests, and since they’ve gone up in flames, their results have to be what Jenner told Rick.

        • In the comic the Lori gets pregnant by Shane. Shane should’ve died this season like in the comic. To answer the infected part. Everyone is infected until they die they become a zombie

          • Not true. Lori gets pregnant and it is assumed to be Shanes. It is never proven, however. But yes, they’re all infected. Everyone is. It doesn’t take a bite.

            I imagine it’s just that she’s pregnant, though.

            I wish the show followed the comic a little more closely. It’s a decent show, but it doesn’t even compare to the comic.

  9. I think what he told Rick was that they were all infected. In the ep when Rick ask about the blood Jenner says “No surprises” not “No one’s infected” or whatever. I think like the comic everyone turns into one of those things when they die and Jenner saw something in their blood to confirm this. The bites I think have more like an active part of the disease. I think it’s like a virus that remains inactive either until death or until the person has been bit.

  10. The Farm and the next stop with the end of season 2 being the reveal of what the title of the series actually means by Rick, a la the end of the 4th TPB. That would leave a person with goosebumps and a great cliffhanger for season 3. ;-)

  11. Also, check out iTunes if the $50 price tag of the Blu-Ray set is putting you off. The season pass was $16.99(?) and available in HD(AT&T U-Verse doesn’t have AMC in HD in my area). I think Amazon is similarly priced(don’t know if it is for rental or down-loadable though).

  12. yep agreed..they are all infected already – the bites only kill you, the zombie plague is already in everyone, that’s what the blood tests would have shown and that’s what he would have told rick, IMO

  13. i only hated episode #4
    way to long and drawn out

  14. This is really going to suck to have to wIt 10 loooooooong months!!!! Awesome show!!!!

  15. I thought the last three episodes were a little boring in comparison to the first three. That’s not to say they were bad by any means just more character focused and at times the acting kind of took me out of the whole experience. I can’t wait to see what they can do with 13 episodes to work with.

  16. Man, I really hope Merle won’t end up as the equivalent of the Governor. The Governor shouldn’t be just some redneck guy. Although, I do love me some Michael Rooker.

  17. I really hope we start getting into the psychological aspect of the characters, especially Rick, man he has some of the best moments in the comic. The stuff they end up having to do is crazy! I cant wait.

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!————
    I really hope season 2 gets them as far as the prison, that would be a great way to finish season having them come over that hill to see it down below filled with Zombies.

  18. I heard Charlie Sheen is going to be a zombie in one of the episodes, apparently he’s a big fan of the show

    • I hear they are casting for zombie hookers and coke dealers for next season.

  19. I think that Jenner told Rick that Rick is infected, but he is technically just a “carrier”. Thats why Shane thought he was dead, because technically he was for a bit!

  20. OCTOBER 2011? AMC will lose a lot of viewers to other networks that are quickly getting their own “WD” type series going. Look at all the ‘reality’ shows that burst onto the scene after Survivor. If AMC waits they will lose.

    • Walking Dead won’t lose viewers for the same reasons it had so many viewers:

      Breaking Bad and Mad Men. And every time you watch those shows, you’ll be reminded that Walking Dead is coming soon.

      And then next Halloween when you’re really jonesing for some zombies, there’ll be Walking Dead waiting for your ass.

  21. I’m curious. Can someone please enlighten me with the word ‘zombie’? Is it copyrighted in any way? They kept on saying ‘walker’.

    • Well, I believe if they said zombie that it would get boring. ‘Walker’ sounds different.

    • The Zombies have sub-classes. Walkers, runners, shufflers, crawlers..etc, etc.

      The tool using runners are the worse!!

    • Q: Why don’t your characters call the walkers “zombies”? — Erica Badu

      A: The main reason is because “zombie” is a term that we are accustomed to hearing, and when the characters run around saying “zombie” it takes you out of the story. This is supposed to take place in a world where no one has ever heard of a zombie before. So we just don’t use that word. Everyone they encounter will have different names for zombies. Some people are calling them “geeks” in the show. I think we will eventually find a group of people that call them “roamers” and “lurkers” and “biters” like in the comic.

      http://blogs.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/2010/12/robert-kirkman-fan-interview.php

      • Thanks for the info, Aknot.

  22. My wife and I are trying to figure out about the “Whisper” what did Dr. Jenner tell Rick? The best we can come up with is where to go next…..as far as another facility or where other survivors might be?

    Maybe how to better protect themselves from walkers? or just a prayer and a “good luck”?

    We’d like to hear other’s opinions on this one.

    • I want to start by saying that I have not read the comics and this is purely speculation.

      I believe the doctor whispered something about the blood tests to Rick. From seeing Rick’s reaction, it seemed to me that this news directly affected Rick. My educated guess is that Lori is pregnant. I also believe it will be Shane’s baby.

      Let the crap hit the fan.

    • “My wife and I are trying to figure out about the “Whisper” what did Dr. Jenner tell Rick? The best we can come up with is where to go next…..as far as another facility or where other survivors might be?

      Maybe how to better protect themselves from walkers? or just a prayer and a “good luck”?

      We’d like to hear other’s opinions on this one.”

      None of this would elicit a whisper. You need something whisper worthy.

      • I believe it has to do with a pregnancy also. Who is the dad? We shall see.

    • My best guess is that Cowboy (as I call him) is a carrier of the disease. The scientist never answered the question as to how the blood tests turned out. Also, Shane did say that he was dead at the hospital. I think either he’s a carrier but has developed an immunity (cure) or has different incubation characteristics.

  23. i record all the epiosde of the walking dead. and i just went to watch the show but theres no new episodes and ive recorded every single one. i was wondering if they have finished making the episodes of the show because it is an awsome tv show. have they stopped making th show? or somthing else happening?

    • Jakedude,

      They haven’t stopped. The show will be back next year. This was the “pilot” season. I’d advise you to go get the graphic novels this is based from.

  24. I KNOW WALKING DEAD WAS GREAT WHERE CAN I SEE A SNEAK PREVIEW OF SEASON 2 AND HOW MANY SEASONS ARE THERE GOING TO DO ALSO PLEASE MORE EPISODES

  25. @hyway

    I believe you are correct. In the comics, he discovers that his wife is pregnant, with Shanes child. At the time, Shane is dead, however…Killed by Ricks son^^

    It will probably play out differently on the show though

    • Why would you give away spoilers?

  26. Walking Dead was starting to forget what it was about. Not enough zombies in the first season. I’m more interested in zombies than a love triangle, redneck brothers on the loose, a white trash POS that beats his wife, and a bunch of other vanilla characters. Let’s see some ZOMBIES! Let’s see some survival!

    I hope they ditch the camp routine and set these people on their own journeys. Have separate things going on with each much smaller cluster of people.

    • Hoge
      I agree not enough zombies, especially towards the end of the pilot.
      I also think rick found his faimly to fast he should have had several
      adventures maybe even a season or two before he found them to keep the
      suspense going. Myself and several friends do agree it seems like they
      got away from the zombie action / survival to keep the love triangle
      going we could careless about that part of the series. I personally want
      to see real life zombie action make it look like it could really happen
      scare the heck out of everyone. Please dont make it a soap, I kind of
      lost interest in the last two episodes. I hope it gets scary if it dosent
      people will drop off fast. I will always love the reality of Night of the
      living dead that seemed so real even in black and white i found that 1968
      movie to be a real scare..

    • They should have all of those different aspects of life in the show. Yea I agree about some sick action but the battle of keeping love and friendship also makes the show awesome

    • While zombies are certainly awesome – what makes the genre truly terrifying is what happens to the survivors (aside from being eaten). Watching the humans devolve is what zombie movies are all about… really any apocalyptic story. I like that they’re building up the characters, showing their innocence and now we get to watch them & their ideas of society disintegrate.

  27. Amazing can’t wait till next one comes out

  28. i am a big fan of the show and im so glad to see other people who really could care less about the love triangle vein that seems to be stealing the attention from the true stars of the show the dead! the lost family was dram enough to last for a while but now were swamped, i agree we need to see more surviving and less post zombie he said she said drama! keep up the awesome work and thank you for finally bringing us some real zombie entertainment

  29. I also think they should focus on their survival rather than love interests. I would really enjoy seeing them in the worst situation possible then they use their superior intelligence to figure out a solution and make this show as realistic as possible.

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