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The Walking Dead Season 3 Photos

AMC’s massively popular series, “The Walking Dead,” is almost back with it’s third season and to tide us over till October, Entertainment Weekly posted new pictures featuring some of the new characters.

Season three also holds an interesting and dire conflict between Rick’s group and a new group of survivors lead by the Governor (David Morrissey).

The first photo is of the new character Michonne played by Danai Gurira and Andrea, played by Laurie Holden. As you can see, this is a production shot, as Michonne’s “pet” walker (Thesay West) is wearing blue-screen gloves so that he’ll appear armless in the final version.

The next photo released features Andrea (Holden) and the new character The Governor, played by David Morrissey.

The last photo released shows our group leader, Rick, played by Andrew Lincoln and Daryl, played by Norman Reedus. Frankly they look very unhappy and we can guess it has something to do with the new setting of Woodbury.

EW also has additional cast photos, and a look at the zombie transformations of some of the walkers, including what Michonne’s “pets” look like before and after their walker transformation (which includes losing their arms and jaws). Check that out here.

The Walking Dead Season 3 premieres October 14 on AMC.

Danai Gurira Talks Michonne in Season 3 and Comic Con Offers Glimpse Into The New Season

 

“The Walking Dead” was a huge hit at Comic Con 2012 this year, and with season 3 on its way, fan excitement is building. In the new season we see the new character of Michonne as well as the introduction of the Governor.

Danai Gurira, the actress who plays Michonne, opened up about her character as well as the work that goes along with it.

“Initially, learning the sword was challenging,” she told Vulture at Comic-Con this weekend. “I started to take natural vitamins, tart cherry pills. Very good for the joints and the muscles. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do what Michonne has to do in 100 degree heat, but with those pills, I’m fine.”

Whatever Danai is doing, worked. Executive producer, Gale Ann Hurd expressed how impressed she was with Danai’s work.

“Michonne kicks ass with a katanna sword,” she said. “The intensity level is incredible, we’ve got our cast inoculated now, the new people realize just what they’re in for and the level that we expect, and they’ve become just as passionate about ‘The Walking Dead’ as we all are.”

You can now see the season 3 trailer below:

The Walking Dead’s Michonne Gets Her Own Action Figure

Fans of the comic book series know that Michonne is probably one of the most badass characters in the series and most of us can’t wait to see her in the AMC television series. Until then, we have a new action figure of the character that has been released. The action figure comes as a part of the exclusive swag that series creator Robert Kirkman will make available at his booth during Comic Con next month.

The figure comes from McFarlane Toys and is a limited edition collectible called Bloody Michonne.

The six inch figure will be selling for $25 and is fully accessorized along with 22 points of articulation. The packaging will feature new art by Charlie Adlard. It also comes with a bloody version of Michonne’s katana sword along with various implements such as her hammer, pliers, and power drill.

Michonne is played by Danai Gurira in the television series and will be a series regular beginning in the 3rd season which premieres in October.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale Swarms the Cable Ratings!

AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, continues to garner high ratings.  First it was broken in October 2011 with the season 2 premiere of the show.  Clocking in 7.3 million viewers.  In February, the show did it again, raising the bar to 8.1 million viewers for the mid-season premiere, the highest in cable history.  Well, it was up until the season finale last Bloody Sunday.  Again it has shattered its own basic-cable ratings for a second time this season.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show brought in 9 million viewers.  A zombie show that draws in mindless zombies that infect and create more mindless zombies.  Go figure.

As I take out my leather journal that contains the secrets of the future; dyed the color of police telephone box blue; I would like to issue a warning to any who have not watched AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, especially the season two finale.

Spoilers: You have been warned.

A herd is formed by the appearance of a helicopter.  One moved towards it with purpose.  others followed.  Then they kept walking a straight line, not knowing who was following whom.  It was like watching so many hipsters going towards the Apple store for their new iPad 3.

Now that Shane is dead, the invisible force field that protected the farm and all that dwell on it has weakened.  I think it was powered by the undiscovered fission produced by high school drama.  Nature of course abhors a vacuum, so an zombie herd immediately appears to fill the void that Shane’s homicidal tendencies has left behind.  Could the season finale actually be about surviving a real zombie threat?  Sweet Jeebus!  This is one episode of “The Walking Dead” I did not see coming for once.

In true zombie genre fashion, everyone flips out and makes moves that are questionable to survival.  It’s as if this is everyone’s first exposure to real zombies and has put them into shock.

Rick somehow gets flanked by zombies that were originally far behind him.  Rick and Carl then run into a barn, thus getting Carl and himself boxed inside.  Rick then lets zombies into the barn.  Instead of running, casually walks to the ladder almost within arm’s reach of being killed. Carl then sets zombies on fire with kerosene, while he and Carl wait in the protective comfort of wood and hay shelter.  They set the fire on the ground, so how could it possibly spread further?

Then there’s the rest of the group, who are unable to form coherent strategies without their genius leader Rick; or the sound of someone flipping out.

Team Humans first plan: Waste ammo and gas, driving around the farm in circles and shooting the walkers.  The idea is to get the attention of the dead and lead them off the farm.  Instead, let’s everyone drive, sow chaos and do donuts in the grass.

Team Humans second plan: Attempt to evacuate fifteen minutes after the walkers are first spotted.

Hershel does his best to stay as long as possible.  He needs to have the farm.  It’s his legacy, plus it’s always good to own land.

Lori can’t seem to keep a track of her child.  So she holds up the evacuation to look for him some more.  In fact, no one keeps an eye on Carl.  It’s not as if they’re engaged in work all the time.  Why can’t anyone keep an eye on the kid?  Here’s an idea.  How about give the kid a mentor, who passes on skills that he can later use to survive?  When the kid learns all that he can, he’s released from that mentor and on to the next babysitter.  If you want off babysitting duty, make the kid demonstrate a new skill with competence.  Sorted!

Team Humans third plan:  Drive away and hope for the best.  There is no set meeting place or technology to help them communicate.  The plague you see has somehow taken out all walkie-talkies and CB radios.

Team Zombies plan:  Find live flesh and eat them.  It’s worked out rather well.  I hope they win.

Oh, and some supporting cast get eaten.  Really, let’s stop the RV and park right outside a burning barn surrounded by zombies.  Oh mister red shirt.  I hardly knew your name.

Once the immediate threat are over, it’s time to sink back into drama.  To save time, let’s just list them off.

Lori is mad at Rick for killing Shane in self defence.

– Yet Lori was also the one to tell Rick that Shane was a threat.

– She also went out of her way to explain to Shane that she is thankful for all the things he’s done to protect her and Carl thus far.

– Lori also goes out of her way to tell Shane that she doesn’t know who the father is of the unborn child within her, again giving Shane false hope.

Carol wants to be feel safe.  To do this, she needles Rick with her nagging, while attempting to get Daryl to turn on Rick.  You know, because he’s the leader they deserve, not the one that they need.  In the awesome Batman sort of way.

Carl begins to cry knowing that his dad has killed Shane, even though he’s responsible for indirectly killing Dale.  Stupid kid.

Rick lays out how their new situation will work, which is:

1. Everyone shuts up.

2. Everyone does as he says.

Everyone appears upset at this outburst and are shocked, as if they were oblivious to their own idiocy which causes it.  It’s almost as if you can hear the gears of mutiny turning.

Instantly the force field is back up and no more real zombie threats are to be had.

While other plots may have appeared within the season finale; such as the television series first introduction to the sword-wielding heroine, Michonne, played by Danai Gurira.  The best part of the finale is the finale shot.  A backdrop of the prison, which in the gloom of the pale moon light, looks like Castle Hogwarts.  If we’re lucky, maybe Snape will replace Shane.

The Walking Dead Season 3 Casting Revelation

::::Spoilers Ahead if you haven’t seen the finale of Season 2::::

In the finale of the season 2 of AMC’s mega hit show, “The Walking Dead” a new  character was introduced (if only briefly) that will be a major part of season 3. However, if you haven’t watched the finale yet, it would be wise to not continue on.

 As promised by the show runner Glen Mazzara, the season 2 finale did indeed have several surprises that fans of both the show and the comic book series were sure to enjoy.

In the climatic season finale, Andrea (played by Laurie Holden) was about to be eaten by some very angry (or hungry) walkers when she is saved by the slice of a mysterious sword, which belongs to a character that fans of the comic book have been patiently waiting for since the beginning of the series. The scene pulls back to only reveal a cloaked female figure. The female is also oddly walking two walkers chained behind her like pets.

If you have read the books, you know this character is set to be Michonne, an incredibly bad-ass chick with a samurai sword. And yeah she could probably kick your ass.

Up until recently, the producers were keeping quiet on when this character would be revealed along with the identity of the actress that was set to play her. but following the season finale, in AMC “Talking Dead” show, the creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman revealed the identity of Michonne to be Danai Gurira.

You might know her from HBO’s drama set in New Orleans called, “Treme” since she has appeared in six episodes of the series. But she is a veteran actress of several television shows and movies.

 

Since the series is now over, we have to patiently wait for season 3 which has been set to have 16 episodes.

Along with Gurira, David Morrissey has been cast as the major antagonist for the show, The Governor and Michael Rooker will reprise his role as Merle Dixon, Daryl’s older brother.

You can read the official AMC press release about the casting of Michonne below:

AMC has cast actress Danai Gurira (Treme/The Visitor) in the coveted role of Michonne in its original series, “The Walking Dead.” Tonight’s season two finale first featured the iconic character who will reappear in season three of the AMC series. Michonne, a fan favorite from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, is a mysterious woman armed with a sword.

“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by walkers, where the interpersonal conflicts often present a greater danger than anything else and over time, the characters grow willing to do almost anything to survive.

“The Walking Dead” received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestically and internationally. “Above all else, “The Walking Dead” hasn’t lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it’s thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter). “…with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (US Weekly). “The Walking Dead is a feast. Dig in.”(The Guardian- UK). “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel-Germany).

“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for best television series and won the 2011 Emmy award for outstanding prosthetic make-up. It is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert.

Filming for season 3 will begin in May and is set to begin the new season in October 2012.