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“THE WALKING DEAD” Robert Kirkman looks ahead

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Now that  season three has sputtered to a conclusion, it’s already time to tease the goings-on of Rick & co. when they return this fall. Creator and series producer Robert Kirkman has done just that, both stressing “how different things are going to be,” and giving an inkling into how the Governor will proceed. 

First, an aside: I’ve been living a WALKING DEAD-free life for weeks now. After months of being unable to communicate in any reasonable, verbally coherent way why I still watch, I dropped the show from any sort of mental plan and since have not only been happier, but even managed to fortuitously tune into its season finale at the exact moment I’ve been wanting to see since season two (later, Andrea). The show, which seems to serve as compelling drama for so many (our readers here, a massive national audience and our own editor Chris Alexander, included) baffles me. At the same time, I’m one of few who find it snail-ish, laughably po-faced and tone deaf in its constant bleak environment that’s aiming for a cool wish-fulfilling post-apocalypticdom. Thus, it’s probably unfair to ignore it on my end. Going forward, with WALKING DEAD news (I doubt I’ll be recapping/reviewing season four, but maybe we can rope in Chris and have it out), I’d love if you guys chime in a little more and through both fans and non-fans, we can try and figure out why a zombie show with little progression where the zombies have little bearing has captivated North America.

Now, I’ve kept up with recaps and Twitter chatter and it seems even those who love the show were a little let down by the season’s minimal finale, which [spoiler] saw The Governor take off and Rick usher Woodbury refugees back to the prison (instead of just taking over the suburban comfort). Kirkman, talking to IGN, explains “…he’s still very much in the mix. That’s certainly not the last that we’ll see of him. When we see him again and where we see him again, that’s the big question. It’s not going to be like it was in Season 3; it’s not going to be Rick and the Governor on a collision course with a conflict between them. He’ll be used in very different ways next season.”

The writer goes on to talk up a brewing conflict with Carl’s growing darkness, as well as the drain a bigger group will take on the prison. Are you in for another season of Locked Up Apocalypse? Where would you like to see WALKING DEAD head from here? Should I give it another shot?

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Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
  • Chris Alexander

    WALKING DEAD is a glorious, grim soap opera….like any good soap, it’s played SERIOUS. It is funny, but the characters are not laughing. We can laugh at the absurdity of it all. But its a real pulp drama. True to its comic roots. I’ll gladly defend it to the (living) death!

    • Ron

      I agree. Sam, you obviously have not read the comics if you think the show is too slow. For the majority of the issues, the zombies are more of a backdrop then a main setpiece. If this was a show about humans going around blasting zombies for the entire episode, it would have gotten old after season 1. While the show is far from perfect, it definitely is one of the best shows on television right now. Also, don’t forget that Season 2 had a reduced budget, so they had no choice but to slog along at Hershel’s farm for nearly the entire season. Now that the Walking Dead has become a ratings juggernaut, I expect AMC to get behind it 100%, which should translate to bigger and better things.

      • http://twitter.com/samdzimmerman Sam Zimmerman

        Haha, I have actually! I’ve read most of the comics, hovering somewhere up in the 70s. I appreciate slow burn storytelling, I really do. But not all slow burns are created equal. I’m glad The Walking Dead takes itself seriously, but it fails at being high drama. I’m not looking for there to be constant zombie carnage or forsake character, but I’d like the reason the world effectively ended to be more than just occasional, meaningless fodder for the death of a character that was telegraphed all episode. The Walking Dead isn’t about anything.

  • Adam

    Overall my issue with the series as it progresses is the unwillingness to add any element of surprise to the story. Merle is dead (big surprise). Andrea is dead (big surprise). Milton is dead (big surprise). The luxury of a show focused on the end of the world is the ability to remove characters once their arc has completed and introduce new ones but of course they run the risk of losing viewers by killing off popular characters. How about killing off Daryl? I like his character just as much as everyone else but what does he really have left to offer in terms of story? That is why season three began on such a promising note. The introduction of the governor and Woodbury was a welcome addition and gave some hope that the writers were willing to take the story in new directions. Instead they built up to a “war” and instead ended with something anticlimatic. Part of the strength in the character of the governor is his ability to manipulate and convince others that what is best for him is best for them. Mowing them down at the end is not frightening and makes the governor look much weaker in comparison to Rick. They aren’t on the same level anymore. If this is their way of “suprising” us it doesn’t work. How could they possibly bring him back and have him be anywhere near as threatening when everyone now knows how evil he is? The previous seasons ended with the group moving on to a new place and there is a reason for that. It maintains the intrigue of what awaits the group in this new horrifying world. Of course I will continue to watch because I am such a big fan of the comics and there have been so many glimmers of hope throughout this series.

  • Steve

    “I like to say that ‘Twilight’ is to ‘Dracula’ as ‘The Walking Dead’ is to [George A.] Romero['s 'Dead' films]. I’m the Stephenie Meyer of zombie movies. . . I’m tricking dudes into watching a soap opera.” – ‘Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman, on the BBC America show, ‘The Nerdist’ (Season 2, episode #1: “The BBC Extraveganza”; original air date: 3/30/13)

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