At C2E2 in Chicago a few weeks back, AMC brought cast members of The Walking Dead for a presentation about the show's second season. Unfortunately, the cast hadn't read scripts so all they had to go off was what they know from the comics.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman however, was at WonderCon this weekend doing more press for the series and his other upcoming works, and offered some juicy hints about The Walking Dead season 2, pointing out that there will be an exponentially increased amount of zombie killing.
Our pals at Collider chatted with Kirkman and straight up asked how they plan on outdoing the zombie mayhem presented in the 6-episode premiere season of The Walking Dead.
"I can say, sitting here knowing what I know about the second season, that you can’t even see the bar because it’s been raised so much. There is all kinds of crazy stuff that is coming up. I’m really excited. I mean, you get 8 guys that like zombies that know they are doing a T.V. show like The Walking Dead, and they know that you can get away with the kind of things that we got away with on the first season. It really becomes just an effort to just find that thing that AMC is going to make us change. So we all sitting there going, “Oh, they are going to make us change that!” So there is a lot of cool stuff coming up."
A large portion of the credit for the success of the adapting an adult zombie comic into an expensive live-action television series goes to AMC for letting Frank Darabont and company do what they did. Prior to The Walking Dead, it wasn't fathomable that a zombie series, let alone an expensive, gritty and realistic one, would work on primetime TV. AMC let the creators and team faithfully adapt Kirkman's comic and it paid off in spades. They now have a major hit.
With the boundaries the series pushed and knowing how lenient AMC has been thus far, what can they get away with in The Walking Dead's second season?
"I worry that we are getting a little too like, “Oh, yeah. They will let us do anything” just because they have been so accommodating and seemingly breaking their own rules by allowing us to put this kind of stuff on T.V. It’s really kind of shocking, but I think it’s a testament to how successful the show has been that they have been willing go to that extra mile. They are allowing a zombie show to be a zombie show. They are not pulling punches at all, and I think that is a big part of its success. People who like zombie movies can sit down and watch this, and not feel like they are getting a light version of a zombie movie. We plan to stretch those boundaries to the test on the second season."
No one from the cast or crew has opened up to spoiling plot and character details about the the show's second season, or how what comic storylines they will draw from and alter for the series, but hearing Kirkman talk about it in this manner is enough to raise fan anxiety for more Walking Dead come the fall.
Just like the comic series, Kirkman previously promised that the show will have an "evolving" cast so while series protagonist Rick Grimes might be safe for season 2, there will be character deaths and cast additions. Maybe Kirkman will get his wish of Charlie Sheen signing on? I hope not.
The Walking Dead season 2 will see the return of Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus and the rest of the living cast members.
The Walking Dead season 2 premieres October 2011.