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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2012, 04:14:17 pm »
Danai Gurira Talks Michonne Role In 'The Walking Dead'



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The third season of The Walking Dead can't come soon enough. I'm literally dying to see how they utilize both Michonne and The Governor, two major character arcs implemented in Robert Kirkman's excellent comic series.

With David Morrissey starring as the iconic Governor, Danai Gurira was revealed in season 2's finale as the sword-wielding, ass-kicking Michonne. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Gurira recently to talk about the character's future.

"I'm going to develop [the character] with [showrunner] Glen Mazzara and the whole creative team. They have their own take on the source material," she reveals, explaining that the series will move in a different direction than the comic. "I'm going to be meeting with them next week to get an understanding of what their take is and how she grows and develops. I'll find out the answer to that in the coming weeks in terms of exactly how she will map out with what she is in the books vs. what she will be on the screen."

Gurira continues, "I was trying to really investigate a character and allow her to have as much dimension as possible and crack it open even more. What you see through the writing and vision of the creator, you add to it by bringing your full humanity and by really delving into the character's background and their motives and fears, all those things can make a multi-dimensional character come to life. That's how I've been trained from the beginning and how I've created characters in the past on the stage or through my playwriting. I plan to bring all of that to the table to allow Michonne to be as rich and complex as possible. I'm excited to bring her to life as someone who really has a lot of life and a lot of complexity."

If anything, this show needs some fresh meat and better characters. Michonne, the Governor and a battle at a prison sounds like a good start to me..
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2012, 09:16:42 am »
FAQ

When will Season 3 premiere?
October 2012.

Will there be another midseason break, like Season 2?
This has not been determined yet.

When will Season 2 be out on DVD?

No release date has been announced yet.

How do I become a zombie?
Zombie extras are professional actors hired through casting companies.

Will we see Morgan or Duane again?
We don't comment on future storylines.

Will we see Merle again?
Again, we don't comment on future storylines

Will you deviate from the comics for Michonne, the Governor, the Prison, etc?
Yes, we have our own story to tell

If we are all infected, how did the people on the highway die in their cars?
Robert Kirkman answered this in Issue 95 of the comic. Robert says, "Any non zombie corpses you saw on the highway either suffered severe brain trauma in a car crash that resulted in that pileup, or had another brain damaging event that killed them. They could have even been zombies in the car for awhile -- until someone came along and killed them. We were well aware of the coming reveal when we wrote those scenes early in the season (Season 2)."

Do zombies poop?
No, they don't, they only have a brain telling them to eat.

Hey, Glen, why don't you answer my questions on Twitter?

Glen receives many, many tweets a day and is doing the best he can.

Will we see winter in the show?
Again, we don't comment on future storylines.

Any plans to do a flashback and show how the Zombie Apocalypse started?
No plans.

Any plans to do more webisodes?

Yes, but we don't have a release date for them yet.

I am going through The Walking Dead withdrawal, what do I do until October?

Hang in there, Season 3 is worth the wait!
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2012, 10:04:48 am »
Good read, even if they didn't answer half of those questions.
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2012, 06:44:48 am »
The cast and producers from AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead reflected on death in the post-apocalyptic world during the show's bloody sophomore second year and looked to the future Friday during a lively panel at the TV Academy in North Hollywood.



Showrunner Glen Mazzara, executive producer/comic creator Robert Kirkman, exec producer Gale Anne Hurd and co-EP/effects supervisor Greg Nicotero were joined by cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Jon Bernthal (Shane), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and Scott Wilson (Hershel) during the two-hour panel where they looked back on the season that was and dropped cryptic teasers about Season 3. Here are 15 highlights:

1. Shane's death was always in the cards. "This end was always going to happen," Bernthal said, noting early conversations with former showrunner Frank Darabont about Shane's trajectory allowed him to be strategic with the way he played the character who walked the line between hero and villain for two seasons.

2. After coming out the victor during the "18 Miles Out" episode in which Shane and Rick finally come to blows, Lincoln would bet on his former on-screen rival to come out on top were the former cast mates to come to fisticuffs in real life. "He's a lot bigger than me and in a real fight, he'd win in seconds," Lincoln said to laughs.

3. Getting the call to go see makeup artist/co-producer Nicotero is the kiss of death. Bernthal and Wilson both recalled getting the word that they needed to pay a visit to the effects whiz to be outfitted with makeup as their characters were being killed off. "When actors get a call from me it's, 'Oh s---!'" Nicotero said with a laugh. The cast, meanwhile, have a "death dinner" to bid farewell their on-screen family members after shooting the episode.

4. Producers reaffirmed that they opted not to kill off Hershel as they'd originally intended because it didn't move the story forward. "We were just stepping over a body; it felt too violent, too gratuitous," Mazzara said. But nobody told Wilson as much as he'd already had the conversation with Nicotero that he was being axed and the actor just continued to get scripts. "I said, 'It's been fun,'" Wilson said, to which Bernthal immediately joked: "That's how you stay on? You say, 'It's been fun'?" As for whether Hershel will continue to be a "bad-ass with a rifle" in Season 3, Mazzara was less than forthcoming: "We'll see what happens in October," he deadpanned.

5. Dale's death was one for the walkers. Mazzara noted the series "really needed a zombie death" as it was running the risk of being safe and needed to have someone killed at the hands of the undead. "Dale was the only worthy sacrifice; people would see Shane's death coming but no one would see Dale's death coming," Mazzara told the audience, with Kirkman noting the loss of the group's moral compass added more suspense to Shane's eventual death in the following episode. The loss of the character -- whose comic counterpart outlived him by a mile -- will continue to be felt, mostly by Andrea and Glenn, Holden said. A fun fact: the scene in which Dale died wasn't rehearsed, at the request of episode director Nicotero.

6. Sophia's shocking death at the end of the Season 2 midseason finale took even series star Lincoln by surprise. "It felt like the Wild West," he recalled. "The carnage was shocking." The pain medication the actor was on at the time for an injured back "helped tremendously," he joked. Producers, meanwhile, took extra care to make sure young actress Madison Lintz had a good zombie experience, creating custom flavored zombie teeth for her to wear during the heartbreaking scene.

7. Carl is the anchor of the series, Callies said. Rick and Lori's continued struggle over how to raise their son in a post-apocalyptic world remains a source of contention for the on-screen couple. "There are days when Lori thinks the best thing I can do for this kid is find someone else to raise him and then there are days when she thinks I have to keep this guy [Rick] away from him, then there are days where I think I have to keep this guy [Shane] away from him," she said. "Every day it's a sense of being unearthed and uprooted from yourself."

8. Lori is a stranger to herself in the aftermath of Shane's death. Following a season in which her son was shot, she learned she was pregnant and her husband and son killed her former lover, Callies says the character has crossed so many boundaries that she doesn't recognize herself. Calling Shane's death a "necessary execution," Lincoln says the troubled couple are not at a particularly healthy point right now and questioned whether Rick has a breaking point. "His strength and resilience is extraordinary," he said. Added Mazzara: "It's an apocalypse, what are they going to do? They can't get divorced!"

9. The "Ricktatorship" was the end game for Season 2. After spending the first half of the season playing by Hershel's rules and rounding up zombies to keep alive in the barn, Rick had to make the transition from naive to practical. "You have to keep evolving," Lincoln said. "How do we define ourselves?  How do we re-establish humanity?"

10. Glenn and Maggie's romance allows both characters to grow. The former pizza delivery guy started walking a little taller and valuing his skills more after Maggie reminded him of the value he brings to the group. "It's always good to have something to live for," Yeun noted. "It opens your character up."

11. Kirkman is testing AMC to see if the cable network has a limit with how disgusting the zombie kills can be. "It's my goal to get to that point, I want to know that limit," he said. Pushing the boundaries is something Nicotero clearly relishes, as the former Day of the Dead effects artist intentionally tested the network by peeling away a walker's face in a scene following a car crash this season.

12. Season 3 spoilers were at a minimum, despite Mazzara just having completed the script for the premiere. "It's pretty dynamic and action-packed with tons of zombies but also a lot of quieter moments and a lot of heart," he teased. "This is a group of survivors, a family that has come together and they have no good options, no place to go and they're really trying to keep themselves alive, and keep each other alive. You can see how desperate they are; they're clinging to each other. It's those moment of human interaction and heart that are important."

13. "The good stuff is coming," according to Kirkman. "For comic fans, they know the good stuff is coming, the really intense stuff with Michonne, the Governor and Woodbury [prison] really defined the comic book series and we haven't even gotten to that stuff yet," he said. "So now that we're getting to that stuff in Season 3, it's really going to change the show quite a bit."

13. T-Dogg (IronE Singleton) will continue to trend on Twitter during every episode -- "in a good way," Mazzara said. Acknowledging that the fan-favorite character is considered to have been under used this season, the showrunner explained T-Dogg has been intentionally quiet as he watches the insanity unfold around him.

14. The epic way in which Dale died in the comic series could still make its way onto the AMC drama -- for another character. In the long-running Image series, Dale winds up being bitten by a walker, kidnapped by cannibals and having his infected leg cut off and consumed before being set free and dying at Andrea's side. "There will be cases where something memorable like that will be displaced and given to somebody else," Kirkman said. "I'll hint that that actually happens in our first episode back in Season 3 -- there's something memorable that happened to a character in the comic is happening in the show in our first episode back and it's not the same character."

15. Daryl (Norman Reedus) will continue to grow. Carol's (Melissa McBride) "knight in shining armor" will continue to be Rick's right-hand man in Season 3. "It's interesting to put him in a position of power," Nicotero said. (Reedus had a wedding to attend Saturday and was unable to join the cast during Friday's panel.)
What were your highlights from Season 2 and what are you looking forward to seeing in Season 3? The Walking Dead returns in October.
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2012, 09:55:26 am »
October seems too long.  :(  I do love this series, as I caught on a bit late, but caught up pretty quickly once I realized how great the series was.

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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2012, 05:41:24 pm »
On the set with comic creator and series executive Robert Kirkman

Q: After two seasons, you must feel like an old pro on set. What aspects of production still surprise you?

A: One thing that's surprising me is how much I've fallen in love with Georgia. The town Senoia where we're filming is absolutely beautiful...The big change this season is we've got this amazing prison that we're filming in. It's absolutely stunning, and I never get used to being on set.

Q: What went into constructing the prison?

A: They've taken a lot of what you see in the comic book series and brought it to life in ways that I didn't think possible. This is going to be one of the most impressive looking things that's ever been put together for a show.

Q: The room in the prison with all the guns and the SWAT gear in the comic is really cool. Is that going to come up on the show?

A: We're a big fan of the SWAT gear here at The Walking Dead writer's room... maybe that's an indication that we'll be seeing that stuff in the show. It's important to us to maintain the tone of the show. Thus far [the characters] have been out on the road, desperate and living in the heat, and we don't want it to be that they're relaxing in this safe place now.

Q: With the evil Governor in the picture, does that mean the humans are the bigger threat this season?

A: The plan was always to evolve naturally into a place where the zombies essentially become a manageable threat. You know the rules. You know how to deal with them. To a certain extent they become something to not really be scared of unless you mess up. Humans, however, do not follow any rules and will always do something that surprises you and are capable of doing things far worse than trying to eat you...We're definitely going to be seeing a lot of horrible things.

Q: What can you tell us about David Morrissey's portrayal of the Governor? Have you seen him in costume yet?

A: I'm actually waiting desperately to see him dressed up in Governor mode and walking the streets of Woodbury. I think he's going to be absolutely great playing against Andrew Lincoln.

Q: Michonne was introduced in the Season 2 Finale. How are Danai Gurira's sword skills shaping up?

A: There's been quite a bit of sword training going on and [Danai] is doing an amazing job. She's going to be do all of the hard character stuff and drama that The Walking Dead is known for, but she has tremendous physical capability and the sword training that I've seen is absolutely amazing. I can't wait to see her hack up some zombies.

Q: Can you tell us anything about the sword she's using?

A: She's using a sword that we specially designed for the show...The origins of the sword will be revealed on the show.

Q: This season has got so many exciting story lines...

A: When you think about The Walking Dead comic series, you think about oh, the stuff they with did the Governor, the stuff they did with the prison and Woodbury and Michonne. And that's really a lot of the stuff that people remember the story for and that's stuff we haven't even gotten to in the TV show yet. So as much as people love the show, and as high as the ratings are, and as cool as the show is, I feel like we haven't even gotten to the good stuff yet. This season is absolutely going to blow people away.

Q: You're developing another of your comics, Thief of Thieves, with AMC. What can you tell us about that project?

A: Thief of Thieves is a great heist story about a man named Conrad Paulson who leads a double life as a master thief known internationally as Redman...I am working with Chic Eglee, who is a fantastic writer who worked on the first season of The Walking Dead, and right now we are in the pilot development stage, so he's going to be working hard on the pilot script and once that's written we'll go from there. But it's really exciting to be working with AMC again.

Q: This season will be 16 episodes instead of 13. Are you looking forward to the longest production time yet?

A: The actors and the crew and a lot of the producers would not be thrilled to hear me saying this, but I love doing 16 episodes a year. I think the more the better, and I think it's a lot of fun. We are going to get to tell bigger stories, and tell more stories, and get into the characters a lot more. So the more the merrier.
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2012, 05:47:05 pm »
I'm okay with 16 episodes for Season 3, but any more than that and I think they run the risk of thinning out the writing just for the sake of advertising dollars to see for a few additional weeks.
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2012, 02:08:27 pm »
I'm not going to start a thread for this little bit of info. So if your in the neighborhood...

“The Walking Dead” Obstacle Course!


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If you live in San Diego, or find yourself there for Comic-Con from July 12th-14th, you might want to hit up the official Robert Kirkman endorsed “The Walking Dead” obstacle course! It’s located in Petco Park and promises to be fairly badass!

From the official site, “The course has been specifically designed for participants with a wide range of abilities. The world we know is about to end. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions will sweep the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. The only way to survive is to buy an Evac Pass, track the virus and get out before it is too late. In a matter of months society will crumble and San Diego will be first of many cities to fall. Only a few will escape. Some won’t even try.”

You can participate as a living Survivor, an undead Walker, or a spectator. To find out more, and get tickets, hit up The Walking Dead Escape.
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2012, 02:33:55 pm »
I don't think many people will go during Comic Con. All of humanity hits the convention center when the Con is in full effect. Sure, Petco Park is literally right across the street. But then again, I don't know how rabid the fans are about it. So, who knows. Me, I'll be trying my damnedest to pick up Wonder Woman, Emma Frost, Harley Quinn and a slew of other hot babes in and out of Cos Play. Not likely to hit on a Walker, no matter how big her  t i t s  are.
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2012, 07:00:22 pm »
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2012, 07:28:09 pm »
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2012, 03:33:58 pm »
Cast on the Set of Season 3: Inside The Walking Dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zg0np7y5-o

I won't watch this until I'm told it's 'spoiler free'.
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2012, 06:49:40 pm »
Hey 'Walking Dead' Fans -- It's Your First Look at Danai Gurira as Michonne!


As fans of the Walking Dead comic book well know, Michonne is arguably the most exciting character in Robert Kirkman's post-apocalyptic saga. A damaged warrior swordswoman battling demons within and without, she is, with all due respect to Rick Grimes, the series' true iconic breakout character. So there's little reason to think that the AMC TV adaptation's Michonne won't prove equally popular when she makes her debut in The Walking Dead's third season. (The character appeared briefly, wearing a hood, in season 2's finale.) Check out the first full official photo of actress Danai Gurira in the role after the jump.




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« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2012, 07:09:46 pm »
I reeeeeeeally hope her character is dressed like Lara Croft!!!
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Re: The Walking Dead (Season 3)
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2012, 07:33:58 pm »
Arguably THE WALKING DEAD's biggest threat (aside from The Walking Dead themselves, of course), the Governor's impending arrival on the series' third season is big news for fans. TV Guide has the first image of actor David Morrissey as the sick bastard, and while I've never been one to whine about aesthetic differences, the lack of handlebar sleaze does make him seem a bit less grody than his illustrated counterpart. 

WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman reassures viewers however, telling TV Guide we can expect the same heartless son of a **** we got on the page. "The Governor in the show is definitely going to be The Governor in the comic. I think that he's definitely going to be a character that people love to hate and are absolutely entertained by, but also somewhat terrified of. He's definitely going to be a very important character and a very nuanced character. We are not going to be watering him down."
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