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The Walking Dead, Now With More Horse

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The Walking Dead MichonneEvery fan of The Walking Dead knows that Michonne is a certified badass. This may vary by degrees depending on whether we’re talking about Robert Kirkman’s comics, or AMC’s hit television show where actress Danai Gurira portrays the katana-wielding character, but I stand by this statement across the board. When the zombie drama returns to the airwaves—or cable feeds, as is the case—on Sunday, October 13, she’ll still be a badass, but this time she’ll have a horse.

Opting for a different mode of transportation makes a great deal of sense after the whole world goes to hell. There aren’t exactly gas stations on every corner anymore, and now that the dead have risen and are walking around, there are a finite number of fan belts left in the world. All the cars are bound for the scrap heap eventually. This is a fact that has been noted by producers and creators. For Gurira, however, this equine edition to the cast has also been a big change, and a challenge. Michonne may be comfortable on horseback, but the actress that plays her, not so much.

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The Scooby-Doo Gang Invades Walking Dead And Firefly

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Cue the organs. It’s a z-z-z-zombie! It doesn’t work quite as well as g-g-g-ghost, but ghosts aren’t really anyways. The undead, however…those guys are legit. And while the gang from Scooby-Doo isn’t accustomed to taking on valid threats, artist/photographer Jeff Zoet recently set up a gorgeously crafted photo shoot which sets the gang in the middle of a zombie infestation. Granted, it isn’t really in direct reference to The Walking Dead, because if that happened, we’d be reminded of just show inferior that show’s characters are when compared to Shaggy and Scoob. You know what Scooby Snacks are really made of? Carl fucking Grimes.

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The Walking Dead’s Original Season Three Ending Revealed

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AndreaWhile season three of The Walking Dead doesn’t come out on home video for a few more weeks, details on the third season are slowly emerging to the surface. The season three finale also leaves a lot to the imagination after a very strong start with Rick’s group taking over the prison and the introduction to Woodbury and the Governor. The season ended with a whimper as Rick’s group took in more people into his group and the Governor is still on the run. The zombies seem subdued and less threatening as the season unfolded. Apparently, The Walking Dead had an opportunity to be bleaker in the season finale, but ex-showrunner Glen Mazzara opted to end on the (somewhat) positive side.

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the cast of The Walking Dead talked about the gruesomeness and brutality of the original ending of the season three finale. It still involved the death of Lauren Holden’s Andrea (YES!), but it was bleaker than what ended up airing last February. Actor Dallas Roberts, who played the Governor’s smart henchmen, described his role in Andrea’s death on The Walking Dead. Apparently, the death/torture room involved a fight between Andrea and Milton. Roberts described:

“Originally, the beating scene that started the episode wasn’t there. Originally, I showed up and was led into the room where Andrea was…and then [The Governor] shot me in the stomach, completely unexpectedly.… There was a lot more of Milton trying to open the door and him trying to free her from the chains. And then there was a section where he was going to wrap the chain around the neck and try to choke her to death before he turned so she wouldn’t have to deal with Walker Milton, or Biter Milton, as it were.…They both desperately wanted for that to work but at that point he had bled out so much. So he pulls and pulls and pulls but he doesn’t get it done and he falls against the wall and is passed out. And he never comes back from that until he turns into a walker…And then at the end of that, it was just Tyreese and someone else who found her. Rick and Daryl and Michonne weren’t there. So it was essentially the same idea, except you saw me taking chunks out of Laurie Holden in that version.”

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Teased By Series Creators

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With only two months until the season four premiere of The Walking Dead, fans of the AMC TV series are anxiously awaiting its return. Season three only ended this past February, but it seems like a lifetime ago when we last saw our favorite zombie survivalists. With the Governor on the run and Rick’s group getting better and better at killing zombies, The Walking Dead’s new showrunner Scott Gimple and executive producer Robert Kirkman hint at a new threat that Rick’s group will come in contact with during the run of season four. Gimple and Kirkman further teased that this new threat has nothing to do with The Governor or herds of zombies.

In an interview with IGN.com during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the AMC crew talked about what should genre fans expect from The Walking Dead season four. Rick’s group is still using the prison as a safe haven from zombies and the conflict with The Governor has yet to be resolved. Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman explained:

As for the new threat, Gimple could only tease its nature. “It’s a force that you can’t just stab in the face, you can’t talk reason to.”

Kirkman elaborated a little, saying, “Possibly the most deadly threat that they’ve faced thus far. They’re still going to be dealing with the zombies, they’re still very much a threat. They’re still going to be dealing with humans, that’s still very much a threat. But there’s a new element thrown in, this new unseen force that is going to be extremely dangerous and possibly more dangerous than anything.”

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Star Wars Parkour, Because The Alliance Isn’t Dangerous Enough

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So, you’re a Jedi who’s just looking to have a lazy Sunday (or whatever they call it), when all of a sudden you find yourself under attack from an enemy threat. Not a great day to have left your landspeeder at home, but fear not. All you have to do is focus on the part of the Force that turns you into an amazing Parkour-style free runner. That’s what stunt coordinator Ronnie Shalvis had his stunt team do for the above video, which is nearly as awe-inspiring as anything from Lucas’ latter trilogy.

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The Walking Dead Cast And Crew Tease New Threats In The New Season

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Some of you may know that I have a troubled relationship with AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead. A long-time devotee of Robert Kirkman’s comics, I’m one of many who have been jerked around by the adaptation. But I love the source material so much that I keep coming back for more, week after week. It’s not a particularly healthy relationship. That said, I’m cautiously optimistic for the upcoming season four, currently in production. The trailer they unleashed at San Diego Comic-Con is fantastic, I like new showrunner Scott Gimple, and while it didn’t do anything to increase my excitement, this new behind-the-scenes video from the set of season four doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm either.

The cast and crew say all of the right things, and promise things like “deeper, darker” storylines, “shocking” new elements, and “more zombies than ever before.” Zombies are great, zombies are wonderful, I have a sleeve of zombies tattooed on my arm, but that’s still not what’s most interesting in this video. The best parts of the comics are the characters, and the something has always been lacking thus far in their translation from page to screen.