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The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman On How Aliens Figured Into The Comic’s Origins (Yes, Aliens)

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KirkmanAMC’s The Walking Dead has taken pop culture by storm, a subject of water-cooler buzz in the vein of Lost or The X-Files. Hell, they’re even doing another TV spinoff. If you’d told me just a few years back that the channel that gave us Mad Men was going to air a critically acclaimed, highly successful series about the zombie apocalypse, I would have laughed in your face, and then probably asked what the hell you were doing in my house. But it turns out, none of that might have happened without one bold, bald-faced lie.

The Hollywood Reporter has posted an exclusive clip from the upcoming documentary Comics in Focus: The Image Revolution, in which Kirkman talks about how difficult it was to get a publisher behind his idea for The Walking Dead. In the interview, he says, “When I pitched [it] originally, it was turned down, simply because there had never been a successful zombie book in the history of comics.” Image publishers Eric Stephenson and Jim Valentino were skeptical. Why should they gamble on something that had never worked before on the comics page? They wanted a hook, something to make The Walking Dead stand out in an overcrowded genre.

So Kirkman sold them aliens.

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The Walking Dead And Breaking Bad Holiday TV Marathons On AMC

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Nothing says the holiday season like meth and zombies. Over the holiday break, AMC will air a back-to-back TV marathon of two of their most popular TV shows, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. This is the perfect time to catch up on Breaking Bad if you’re one of the very few out there that hasn’t seen a single episode of the Emmy Award-winning TV series.

The back-to-back marathon will begin this Friday December 27th at noon EST/PST starting with season one of Breaking Bad. The series marathon will continue until December 30th starting at noon every day in between. It breaks down to a season of Breaking Bad every day with the first day featuring the TV series’ first two seasons (season one is only seven episodes long).

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The Walking Dead’s Producers Reveal Plot Details For The Rest Of Season Four

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SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD TV SHOW & COMIC BOOK BELOW!

This year’s Walking Dead mid-season finale should’ve been its third-season finale last year. It seems like new showrunner Scott Gimple basically wasted eight episodes of season four to bring us to the same point at the end of season three. While there was some character development along the way, The Walking Dead redeemed itself in the eyes of many frustrated fans with season four’s mid-season finale. However, there are still some big questions surrounding the fate of The Walking Dead‘s characters, namely the Grimes family.

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Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season 2 Is Every Bit As Depressingly Tense As Its Predecessor

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Warning: The story below will give away one of the most important events from the first season of the Telltale Games Walking Dead series, so don’t read on if you haven’t played that one yet. (And seriously, why haven’t you?) But I’ll be keeping it spoiler-free when talking about the new game, so no worries for those who haven’t paid for this latest season yet.

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The Walking Dead Pays Tribute To [SPOILER] In This Video

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Here’s the thing. We don’t ever want to spoil things for anyone here at GFR, even though it can’t be helped sometimes. AMC doesn’t have much of a problem with it though, as they’ve gone and spoiled a major plot point right there in the title of the video we’re going to show you. It does say “(SPOILERS)” in the beginning, but the eyes tend to continue working after seeing that, especially when the picture for the video gives it all away. As such, we’re going to put this cover of the latest issue of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead in between any unwitting eyes and the video. Your weaselly smiles are thanks enough.

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Frank Darabont Sues AMC Over Walking Dead Profits

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Frank and AndyAlthough The Walking Dead is AMC’s most popular and successful TV series to date, its developer, and first showrunner, Frank Darabont is looking to get a piece of the zombie pie. Today, the writer/director/producer filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court against his former bosses. The reasoning behind the legal is that Darabont has yet to receive any money as a profit participant.

According to THR, Darabont accused the basic cable network in “self dealing,” a practice that includes setting an unrealistically low license fee. He also accused AMC for using questionable accounting practices, thus depriving profit participants of compensation. The suit alleges that he was wrongfully terminated and wants to continue to receive an executive producer credit. According to Darabont, he is entitled to proceeds from The Walking Dead post-show The Talking Dead, as well as the upcoming spinoff series. All told, Darabont believes he is due upwards of $10 million in royalties.