“This is the first time since Season 1 where they don’t have any protection,” The Walking Dead EP and director Greg Nicotero said tonight of the remainder of the show’s fourth season. “You get a sweeping sense of the world again, and our characters are thrust back in it,” he added without giving away any more than that.
Just days before the AMC series comes back from its midseason break, Nicotero was joined at the TV Academy by creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, EP Gale Anne Hurd, EP and showrunner Scott Gimple, EP Dave Alpert, stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and other members of WD’s main cast. Unlike a similar appearance at the TV Academy around this time last year — when recently exited EP Glen Mazzara was suddenly a no-show — there wasn’t any controversy, but there was another notable absence. Lead Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show, was scheduled to be there tonight but ended up missing the evening due to a cold. “I am so sorry I’m not to be able to attend this event, but I am currently the walking dead tonight,” the actor said in a note to the audience read by Gimple in a terrible British accent.
Other than Nicotero’s comments about the overall arc of the rest of Season 4, it was primarily show-and-tell night, with the assembled cast revealing and discussing their favorite clips from the first half of the cycle. “Good bloody gory memories,” actress Lauren Cohan said to a big laugh in the packed Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
This has been a record-breaking season for the blockbuster zombie apocalypse series so far. The Season 4 premiere of Walking Dead on October 13 garnered a stunning 16.1 million viewers. With numbers like that and a couple of sacks of NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football in the key 18-49 demo last year, it’s no wonder AMC renewed WD for a fifth season on October 29 last year. The remainder of the fourth season premieres February 9 after a more than two-month break — a break that started on a record-breaking high. The December 1 midseason finale pulled in 12.1 million viewers, a midseason finale record for WD. There’s no NFL more NFL competition this year, but Walking Dead will be facing the Winter Olympics on NBC for its first couple of Sundays.
One issue that was certainly not addressed was former WD producer and series developer Frank Darabont and CAA’s multi-tiered lawsuit against AMC for profit participation payments not received and wrongful termination. AMC are expected to reply to the producer and the agency’s complaint sometime later this month.
The good news for Rick Grimes is that he is still alive. Annnnnnnnd that’s pretty much it. He had a front row seat to the execution of his good friend Hershel, the Governor beat him within an inch of his life, the prison has been overrun with zombies, and, oh yeah, as far as he knows, his baby daughter Judith just became someone’s afternoon snack. So not exactly what you’d call the best of days so far for Mr. Grimes. (I mean, just look at the photo above for chrissakes!) What happens next? We’ll find out when The Walking Dead returns with season 4’s final eight episodes Feb. 9 on AMC. The first episode back features a battle of wills between Rick and Carl as they seek shelter and safety. We spoke with Papa Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, about what to expect in episode 409 and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So with the prison gone, everyone is going to be splintered off in these smaller groups and we’re going to see people having to fend more for themselves. What can you tell us about what’s in store?
ANDREW LINCOLN: I’m really excited about the back 8 episodes. I think there’s a different tone to the back 8, and I think you’re going to see a lot of characters that you haven’t seen under the microscope as much all have their chance to shine. And people are putting in some tremendous performances. I think there were three scripts that were some of my favorite that I’ve ever done in the back 8. But it’s different, and that’s what’s so admirable about it with Scott Gimple’s vision. It’s a very different tone for the show and I think you learn a lot. It’s very character driven, very soulful — much more reminiscent of the first season, I think, just because they’re all out and alone and they’re much more vulnerable. And also because they’re apart from each other you realize that without each other their family is dying. It’s almost like vignettes; it’s like character studies in all of the characters. The underpinning of all of this is the great hope they can find each other again.
EW: For the most part, everything we’ve seen on this show has been as a big group, albeit with scattered separations here and there when smaller groups go on runs or what have you. But now we’re going to have a lot more individual or smaller group stories since everyone is scattered out. Is that a nice change of pace?
LINCOLN: I think so. It’s not only a change of pace but what it does is it rewards the audience that perhaps doesn’t know about certain characters’ backstories and histories. There are some very witty pairings is what I will say. Really, really witty.
EW: At this point, after seeing that empty bloody car seat, viewers are wondering: Where’s baby Judith? What is Rick assuming as far as Judith?
LINCOLN: She’s gone. I think, as you’ve seen in the episode, she’s gone. That’s it. That’s the feeling for Rick and Carl. Rick is has been putting so much of his ideology and hope and change on Hershel and the prison. Now these people have been ripped away from him. The back 8 for him are very much a story of self-discovery for him, of finding himself knocked to the floor and finding yet again another way of picking himself up again. And it’s about fighting to be a father. I think episode 9 very much explores that — about becoming a man and a man accepting that fact. It’s a time-honored story. But it’s set under these incredibly difficult circumstances. There’s a heck of a lot bubbling for all the characters. They’re at the weakest they’ve ever been probably since I woke up in the coma. Of course, they’re incredibly tenacious survivors. Bear in mind, the only other people inhabiting this world who aren’t behind walls are also tenacious survivors as well.
EW: What about the aftermath of seeing Hershel executed? Especially for Rick, because Rick was the one negotiating for his release and ultimately failing in that. How is that going to weigh on him?
LINCOLN: Man, he never gets a break. It’s not an easy guy to play. There aren’t many calls that he makes that go right, let’s be honest. That was the death knell to that way of living. That’s done, that compromise Rick was attempting to make and had made with the offering of peace to the Governor. Hershel was a father figure and a mentor, he was the bedrock for everybody, he was the moral conscious. I think that Hershel’s spirit lives on always. Everybody that has an impact in your life you carry with you always, but I do think that Rick is in a very low ebb. And I think physically, in episode 9, you’ll see a man who is frightened for the first time in a long, long time. He’s frightened not for himself but for his son because he’s weak. He’s very, very weak and that makes him belligerent and aggressively challenging towards his son because he’s scared. So he’s physically weak, spiritually he’s lost, mentally he doesn’t quite know where to begin because he’s just seeing his home demolished. He’s in the worst place he’s been.
AMC has just released the titles and descriptions of the final episodes of the 4th season. You can check them all out below. Although, please beware that they may contain spoilers. So do not read below this line if you want to remain spoiler free.
Episode 4.10 – Inmates: in the quest for stability and safety, the group faces many obstacles
Episode 4.11 – Claimed: a number of immediate threats plague Rick. Group members deal with their past
Episode 4.12 – Still: an enlightened mission springs from a request from one of the group members
Episode 4.13 – Alone: One group finds a shelter; a group has a realization about protection.
Episode 4.14 – The Grove: After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to they way they used to be.
Episode 4.15 – Us: Survivors rely on brutality and faith.
Episode 4.16 – A (Season Finale): Many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive.
AMC just released a new promo for the February 9th return of “The Walking Dead,” titled ‘Not Afraid.’ You can catch the promo below and be sure to mark your calendars for the mid-season return. Enjoy!
AMC has just released the mid-season 4 promo for “The Walking Dead.” You can check it out below. “The
Walking Dead” returns Sunday, February 9 at 9/8c on AMC. Enjoy!
As one of the stars of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus is used to dealing with zombies on set. But he wasn’t prepared to come face-to-face with one of them in real life — which he did when costar Andrew Lincoln and viral Vine prankster Nick Santonastasso pulled off a hilarious (and carefully orchestrated) zombie stunt during one of the hit show’s promo stops in Tokyo.
Santonastasso, 17, is a Walking Dead superfan who was born with a rare condition called Hanhart syndrome and has one arm and no legs. He’s recently become something of a social media sensation thanks to his “zombie prank” Vines, which involve him painting himself in zombie makeup and then scaring unsuspecting strangers in public.
As part of Fox International’s new social media campaign “#getFOXed,” New Jersey native Santonastasso was flown out to Tokyo to pull one of these pranks on Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on the AMC smash. His partners-in-crime? Cast member Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and TWD special effects expert Greg Nicotero.
“Norman is gonna kick our asses,” Lincoln jokes in a video about the prank, which took place in a hotel room in Tokyo.
As seen in the clip above, Reedus enters the room prepared to film a promo for The Walking Dead. Once he’s alone, Santonastasso emerges from under a room service cart. Reedus’ reaction? Priceless.
“Good job, you jerk,” he quips afterward.
Watch the entire hilarious prank above!
TBS’s Conan, starring Conan O’Brien, will welcome the cast of AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead on Thursday, Feb. 6, for their first-ever joint interview in late night. Joining O’Brien in the studio will be Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Steven Yeun (Glen Rhee), Danai Gurira (Michonne) and Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier). The cast is making this exclusive appearance in anticipation of the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Since its debut in October 2010, The Walking Dead has become the most-watched TV drama in cable TV history and is now the #1 show on television among adults 18-49. The season four premiere in October set ratings records for the series and became the most-watched non-sports telecast in cable history, with 20.2 million viewers and 13.2 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 delivery, according to Nielsen.
AMC has released a new promo titled “Don’t Look Back” to promote to second half of Season 4 of “The Walking Dead.” You can check out the 30-second promo below. “The Walking Dead” returns February 9th at 9/8c on ABC.
The show will go on – with or without him.
So says British actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays leading protagonist Sheriff Rick Grimes in the massively popular TV series The Walking Dead.
The 40-year-old believes his character’s death is bound to happen at some point – and that both he and the show would be okay with it.
“I’ve always maintained that if and when I die, which is an inevitability in the show… as long as it pushes the story on, I’ll go with it,” said the likeable British star at a media conference in Singapore on Monday.
Lincoln and fellow star Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, were in town to promote the show – currently on a break midway through its fourth season – which has become a global phenomenon.
Part of the show’s secret sauce is its knack for killing off characters at crucial junctures – but Lincoln is hoping for Grimes to stick around a fair bit longer, and hinted that the second half of the season will provide answers as to why.
“I don’t want to go just yet,” the 40-year-old laughed.
Lincoln added: “In the next eight episodes, you’ll see a very different tone, pace and you’ll be rewarded by it as well.”
“It’s almost like a magnifying glass on the rest of the survivors,” he said, referring to where the show left off, with the “prison gang” scattered and left in disarray after an attack by their enemy, “The Governor”.
“It’s a really different back eight and if we continue to keep doing that, he (Grimes) has got a few years left.”
The rest of the session, however, was decidedly less sombre, with Lincoln and Reedus holding excellent court through playful and hilarious banter, much like their previous appearance on Saturday, where they sportingly entertained hundreds of local fans at the LaSALLE College of the Arts.
And if the duo were in an even better mood, it was because of a newfound appreciation for their Singaporean devotees, according to Lincoln at least.
Reedus, 44, was relating a story of how a nasty fan riled him up on an airplane when his co-star jumped in to comment on how “it’s different in Singapore”.
“People here stand away from you. They know it’s you, then they’ll ask, then it’s an invasion and you’re swarmed,” Lincoln joked.
“But yes, it seems to be there’s a politeness before that, whereas sometimes (elsewhere) it’s a feeling that you’re behind a cage.”
The stars also gushed about Singapore, especially when it came to – what else – the food.
“Spicy crab” was “delicious” and “amazing” to both Lincoln and Reedus, who also found time to try the prickly durian.
“You open it, you look at it, you think fruit,” said the effortlessly cool Reedus. “And it tastes nothing like fruit!”
He later described the durian as a “great” weapon of choice during a zombie invasion, to the delight of those in attendance.
But the loudest guffaws came when the duo were asked to play a game of “shoot, shag, marry” – with the choices being a zombie (or “walker”) and Lincoln and Reedus themselves.
“I’d shag a walker,” said Reedus. “And marry Andy, because then I can continually shag you.”
“If he does that, can I shoot myself?” Lincoln replied.
But Reedus had the last laugh, banking on the TV show’s plot to fire back, saying: “You’ll come back as a Walker and I’ll shag you again!”
Andrew Lincoln may be the leading man of arguably the biggest show on TV now, but he hasn’t watched a single episode of his own TV series.
“I don’t watch the show. I don’t need to. I get to live it everyday,” said the 40-year-old English actor who plays sheriff Rick Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on a graphic novel where zombies (or “Walkers”) have over-run the earth.
The series, currently in its fourth season and fresh from a win at the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Cable TV show and Lincoln for Favourite TV Anti-Hero, has become a global phenomenon, sparking renewed interest in zombies and all things undead.
Asked to elaborate further, Lincoln — who arrived in Singapore on Saturday and will be here until Monday to promote the show along with fellow star Norman Reedus — said he became self-conscious after watching himself in previous TV shows he’d done.
“I just don’t watch myself. I wouldn’t like this or that. It wasn’t helpful to me and since then, I stopped watching myself”, he said, adding that he would never direct an episode of the hit show if offered the chance for the exact same reason.
So true to his word was he that during the two-hour meet-the-fan session held at the LaSALLE College of the Arts in town, Lincoln covered his face and ears when two clips of the show were aired.
His confession was among precious tidbits of the show — currently on a mid-season break in its fourth season — over 500 fans and student actors were treated to as Lincoln and the irreverent Reedus held court.
Among other gems — actors are not allowed to keep any TV scripts for fear extras would steal or lift them out of the bin and leak spoilers and that the show would be back with a big bang next month.
“There are three episodes in the second half of this season that are the best we’ve ever done. You see the prison family at their most vulnerable and they are slowly breaking down on their own, ” said Lincoln, who labelled the TV series a “family drama set in hell”.
“Long may I survive. I could be dead already,” he cheekily added, in reference to the show’s notorious reputation for killing off key characters at a moment’s notice.
Meanwhile, the playful fan favourite Reedus — with whom Lincoln shared an obvious and deep camaraderie — delighted the crowd by peppering the session with matter-of-fact one liners.
“I saw a Walking Dead porno the other day. I can show you when we get back to filming,” said the trim and toned 44-year-old, winking at Lincoln.
Earlier on, both stars seemed to be genuinely taken aback by a crowd of 250 mostly teen and young adult fans who had gathered at LaSalle for a close-up look at their favourite stars. But they quickly got over their surprise and won the raucous crowd over by posing gamely for countless “selfies” and autographing all manner of figurines, comic books, posters and photos.
“It’s crazy. We live in a bubble because the show is shot in the middle of nowhere. And then we come here and get assaulted,” Lincoln said to laughs.
Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Monday, 10 Feb at 1130am (right after its US telecast) and 8.10pm (same day encore) on Fox Movies Premium on StarHub Channel 622.
AMC has announced it will air two back-to-back marathons of its Emmy Award-winning original dramas Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. A four-day Breaking Bad marathon, which kicks off at noon ET/PT each day from Fri., Dec. 27 through Mon., Dec. 30, will feature every episode from the series’ critically acclaimed five seasons, making AMC the only destination for cable subscribers to watch every Breaking Bad episode for free. On New Year’s Eve day, Dec. 31, at 9AM/8c, AMC will air a two-day marathon of The Walking Dead. Beginning with the pilot, episodes will air back-to-back in chronological order until 5AM/4c on Jan. 2, 2014.
From acclaimed writer, producer, director Vince Gilligan and produced by Sony Pictures Television, Breaking Bad follows the story of a desperate man who turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial future. The series capped its historic run on Sep. 29, delivering a series-record 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million adults 18-49.
Breaking Bad has garnered ten Emmy Award wins – including the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series – and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012). Heralded as “one of the greatest dramas in TV history,” (The Hollywood Reporter), Breaking Bad stars three-time Emmy Award-winner Bryan Cranston; two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul; Emmy-winner Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk.
The Walking Dead continues to be the #1 show on all of television among the coveted 18-49 demographic and remains the highest-rated series in the history of cable television. The first eight episodes of its fourth season delivered an average of 13 million viewers and 8.4 million adults 18-49.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead tells the story of the months that follow after a zombie apocalypse. The series Entertainment Weekly called the “greatest thriller ever produced for television” stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Emily Kinney, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. The Walking Dead is executive produced by showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Emmy-winner Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
The Walking Dead will return for the second half of its fourth season at 9/8c on Sun., Feb. 9, followed by a new episode of Talking Dead at 10/9c.
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and on the run in the wake of The Governor’s Pyrrhic attack on the prison (that’s right: no more prison!). Here’s AMC’s trailer teasing up the zombie hit’s return on Feb. 9: