Robert Kirkman likes to describe The Walking Dead as a zombie movie that never ends. But to my eyes, the most interesting thing about the show is how it’s spent five seasons fluttering between different storytelling modes. The show lacks a single setting and makes a point of killing off at least a couple key cast members every season. This can make The Walking Dead feel unwieldy or unfocused, but it also means that there’s an exciting state of constant flux underpinning the show’s basic head-crushing thrills. I’ve always said that original showrunner Frank Darabont most clearly viewed his version of The Walking Dead as a kind of neo-western, with Sheriff Rick as a clean-cut cowboy wanderer set morally adrift in a new frontier apocalypse. READ FULL STORY
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The Walking Dead is a cable-TV show about the zombie apocalypse and the brave band of survivors who are barely clinging to hope and their humanity. It airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC, and millions watch—season 4 averaged 13.3 million viewers per live episode and last week’s season 5 premiere set a record with 17.3 million. By definition, it’s a gruesome show that doesn’t flinch from grotesque violence, and always has been—in the very first scene of the series’ very first episode, a shaken Rick Grimes, still wearing his crisp police-officer duds, shoots a little-girl walker in the head.
That was four years ago, and Rick is now a completely different man. The Walking Dead‘s audience has changed along with him, and it’s become harder and harder to shock them. But that’s a challenge the show’s creatives have gleefully accepted. Last season, a marauding gang of villainous predators threatened Rick’s teenage son, Carl, Deliverance-style while Rick was forced to watch, and his “Hail, Mary” response was to rip out his captor’s throat—with his teeth. READ FULL STORY
Keeping up to date on all things Walking Dead means more than just reading the comic and watching the TV show. Sometimes it means living it as well. I did that a few years ago when I went undercover as a zombie on the show back in season 2, although that bastard Robert Kirkman ended up cutting my scene because “the performance just wasn’t there.” Screw that. So this time I decided to switch sides and join the survivors and see if I could escape the clutches (and, more importantly, jaws) of the undead by walking through Rick’s — and Daryl’s and Carol’s and Glenn’s — shoes at The Walking Dead: End of the Line haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.
All the houses at HHN consist of monsters or demons or vampires or aliens or predators or serial killers or clowns — CLOWNS! — totally invading your personal space and jumping out at you…often with blunt instruments of death at their disposal. It is unsetting. But I was especially excited to check out The Walking Dead one because the maze is a complete retelling of the events of season 4. So what awaits you in The Walking Dead: End of the Line? A few terrifying highlights: READ FULL STORY
To honor The Walking Dead‘s fifth season premiere, a London chef took inspiration from the show’s walkers and their appetite for human flesh. But don’t worry—his food won’t give customers the same appetite that zombies have.
FWx discovered that Jim Thomlinson, the chef for London Mess, has debuted a burger that supposedly tastes like human flesh at the London pop-up Terminus Tavern. Better yet, the site published his recipe so that readers can make their own burgers at home. READ FULL STORY
How do you kill a zombie? If you were to break it down, shot-by-shot, what would it look like? Dylan Coulter photographed The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, and Lauren Cohan on July 13 in Atlanta for Entertainment Weekly. Using multiple-exposure, Coulter answered those questions.
He began by taking separate photographs at separate exposures. In post-production, he put them together, overlapping images very selectively. There, he toyed with transparency, lightness, and darkness, emphasizing and de-emphasizing layers at his discretion. Coulter’s photographs resulted in four separate covers for each character, with Yeun and Cohan sharing a cover. All appear as their respective characters. All exude energy.
“As a technique I think what it’s great for is really conveying movement and energy and a sense of motion in a still image,” Coulter said. “You can show something, point A to point B.”
Look to Reedus’ cover (pictured above) as an example. The cover features five images of Daryl. In the back right-hand corner, Daryl is crouching, low to the ground, preparing to leap. Here, the images are fairly transparent. The subsequent images, layered on top of each other, show Daryl leaping higher and higher into the air. The final image of Daryl in motion shows him front and center, arrows in hand, preparing to attack an unseen zombie. Here, he is not transparent at all. He is a fully realized, zombie-killing machine.
Although Walking Dead doesn’t return to television until Oct. 12, there’s no need to remain zombie-free until then: The above photo featuring a chain of zombies from EW‘s recent cover shoot for the show is now available to download as a desktop wallpaper. READ FULL STORY
They’re both cable TV shows going into their fifth seasons based on beloved source material. They’re both dark, dire ensemble dramas with supernatural elements that mercilessly kill off favorite characters, and are hugely popular with record-setting ratings and passionate fandoms. But only one—HBO’s Game of Thrones or AMC’s The Walking Dead—can be crowned the better show.
Which will win? Here’s a case for both, then I’ll turn this over to you, the EW reader jury. READ FULL STORY
Big plans for the Fourth of July weekend? Barbecue? Fireworks? Spending time with family and friends you feel bad for not seeing more often?
Nuts to all that! Why not spend the most American weekend of the year watching the most American show on television? No, not Turn. I’m talking about The Walking Dead, AMC’s beloved death-festival melodrama.
The network will air all 51 episodes of the post-apocalyptic saga starting on the morning of July 4, which means you can spend the next few days experiencing four seasons of zombie killing, lead-character fatalities, Rick Grimes’ poor leadership decisions, gruff-but-lovable Daryl Motherf—ing Dixonisms, people yelling “Sophia!” to no avail, people trusting the Governor when they really shouldn’t trust the Governor, admirably adventurous attempts at Southern accents, ridiculously romantic Glenn/Maggie moments—and did we mention the zombie killing? READ FULL STORY
Two of TV’s biggest badasses are finally facing off — in a rap battle, of course.
With already more than 1.5 billion views to date, Epic Rap Battles of History creates comedic arguments between historical and pop culture figures, all set to rap music. To kick off their third season, co-creators Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist (a.k.a. Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD) have taken on The Walking Dead‘s Rick Grimes and Breaking Bad‘s Walter White in a battle for the ultimate TV antihero with swag. Watch it break down below: READ FULL STORY
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