AMC’s The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on the air right now, a genuine pop culture phenomenon that only seems to keep getting bigger. Along with HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s taken up the mantle of such previous genre heavy-hitters as Lost or The X-Files. And just like those shows before it, the level of fan passion inevitably means there’s going to be a ton of crazy rumors and fan theories as the story unfolds. Since The Walking Dead is based on the pre-existing comic series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, much of that speculation centers on how the show will adapt, alter, or abandon elements from the comics But every once in a while you get a real whopper that seems to have come out of nowhere. Like, for instance: what if the whole damn Walking Dead storyline is just a dream?
Watching AMC’s The Walking Dead will bring to mind a lot of questions, such as, “What’s Rick going to yell at now?” and “When is Carol’s luck going to run out?” Less likely are questions about these characters’ sexualities, since this is a series with a severe lack of bone zones. One Walking Dead comic reader openly pondered if Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon was gay or not, and creator Robert Kirkman’s answers seem to imply it’s a definite possibility.
In the fan-favorite letter column in The Walking Dead #130, reader Nick Muller compares Daryl to the comic character Jesus, another loner-type badass who was revealed to be gay quite a few issues after he was introduced, and wonders if Daryl will see a similar outing in the future. And Kirkman, never one to just blatantly reveal anything, is pretty up front about how he and AMC execs have been looking at the issue. Here’s part of his response:
All I can say is that it’s been discussed. We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not constantly distracted by crossbowing…we’ll tackle it on the show.
Post-apocalyptic thrillers generally fall into two camps. In one, survivors must battle an outside threat, such as how The Walking Dead handles things. In the other, characters must simply figure out how to survive in the first place. With his atmospheric feature debut Air, director Christian Cantamessa leans towards the latter, though it’s entirely possible that an antagonistic force is out there, waiting to pounce. Almost anything is possible, really, since Air‘s first trailer delivers the bare minimum of footage that a trailer can possibly show.
Norman Reedus, an actor for whom smiling characters are a rarity, plays a caretaker named Bauer who lives in an underground bunker in a future where the Earth’s air has become toxic and unbreathable. He and his co-worker, Djimon Hounsou’s Cartwright, are tasked with waking from their deep sleep tanks twice a year to perform menial maintenance duties in their hub.
While Robert Kirkman wasn’t directly responsible for actor Norman Reedus turning from a Boondock Saints cult fave into a worldwide Walking Dead phenom, he did write the comic book source material. (Okay, so Daryl Dixon was never in the comic, but still.) Kirkman also isn’t personally responsible for the Reedus-starring psychological thriller Air, but he’s largely the reason why Reedus got the part and why the film got made in the first place. So you’d think Reedus would look a little more pleased to be standing around in the second official Air image seen above. But then again, he’s probably worried about his life and the fate of the world and stuff, so his sour demeanor can be forgiven.
Reedus plays Bauer, who teams up with Djimon Hounsou’s (Guardians of the Galaxy) Cartwright inside of an underground bunker while the Earth above them has been almost completely evacuated due to the air becoming toxic (for reasons that may or may not be shared during the film). This bunker is one of many created to house humanity’s more worthy specimens, who are in deep sleep tanks, meant to be woken up when the world is safe and can be repopulated. Cartwright and Bauer are awakened for their twice-a-year duties, and that’s when the secrets come out and everything starts to unravel. Do underground bunker stories ever NOT go completely wrong?
This just in: Syfy is now making ALL THE SHOWS. Seriously, it’s like they’re trying to make up for lost time and redeem everything since the dumbass name change, all in a matter of weeks. I have literally lost count of how many new series announcements we’ve covered in the last couple of days, but it’s done the nigh impossible and nearly overshadowed the Episode VII casting news. So what the hell, let’s bring on another new Syfy series announcement! Now it seems Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is joining in the barrage, developing a new sci-fi drama series called Clone.
The show is based on a best-selling comic series, but in spite of Kirkman’s involvement, he didn’t create this one; he’s just an executive producer. Clone is published by Kirkman’s Skybound Imprint, however. Created by writer David Schulner and artists Juan Jose Ryp & Felix Serrano. It launched in November 2012 and released its 14th issue last February. Schulner will both write and executive produce the TV incarnation of Clone. Here’s what it’s all about, via the Syfy press release:
Warning: spoilers if you’re not up to date with AMC’s zombie series!
After splitting Rick and the survivors apart, The Walking Dead spent the back half of the season gradually steered them all toward one place, the aptly named “Terminus.” And as most savvy viewers expected, it isn’t the utopian safe haven the survivors hoped it might be. The full extent of what’s going on hasn’t been revealed yet, but the finale made it pretty clear that, whatever it is, it ain’t good. It was more of a cliffhanger ending than the show has typically done, and the dire situation Rick and the others were left in is reflected perfectly by the first teaser poster for the next season, which you can see above. It’s all about survival.