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The Walking Dead Casts Dallas Roberts In New Role

When fans think of the upcoming season 3 of “The Walking Dead,” they are most likely anticipating the introduction of new characters Michonne and the Governor. However, they aren’t the only new characters this season. AMC has announced that Dallas Roberts will be appearing as the character of Milton, one of the residents of Woodbury.

Robert Kirkman, comic book creator and series executive producer, explained,

“Milton is the details guy. He’s the guy that works with the Governor, who is monitoring all situations and is trying to help the Governor make sense of this world that they’re living in. He’s not exactly a scientist, but he’s a smart guy that is trying to find out how zombies behave. Watching him do his little experiments is going to be a lot of fun.”

According to the series showrunner, Glen Mazzara, fans will see Milton being not necessarily an imposing threat on the gang, but more of someone attempting to make themselves useful in a terrible situation.

“We were examining, ‘How do people survive in this apocalyptic world, and what can people contribute?’” says Mazzara. “And we didn’t think it was plausible that every single character we meet is an efficient zombie killer. We just didn’t buy that everyone we know would be active and deft enough to kill every walker. We wanted to show how other people survive, and Dallas has come in and helped us establish that character. He just adds a lot of heart and humanity to Woodbury, which further complicates what that is. That is a real town with real people and real survivors. It’s not necessarily a group of bad guys.”

The third season of “The Walking Dead” is set to premiere on October 14, 2012 and will feature 16 episodes.

Robert Kirkman Talks Differences Between Comic & Season 2 of the Walking Dead

Season 3 of the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” is almost here and in the anticipation of Season 2 being unveiled on DVD and Blu-ray, the series creator Robert Kirkman spoke at length in featurettes about the process of adapting the comic series to television.

One specific featurette on the dvd release is called “The Ink Alive” in which Kirkman focuses specfically on the differences between the television series and the comic series.

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While the series may deviate heavily from the events of the comic series, the show tries to preserve specific key moments as well as the overall spirit of the story. Major plotline such as Hershel’s Farm in season 2 and the prison setting of season 3 are kept in tact while minor liberties are taken with the characters.

Robert Kirkman explains:

“There are things that happen in the comic that you absolutely have to put in the show, otherwise you’re not doing the comic justice. But maybe we move it up, maybe we move it back, we add different characters into the mix. We just do little adjustments to make it a little more compelling for the audience that is invested in the source material.”

Fans of both series’ may notice one of the biggest deviations is the storyline of Shane. Viewers of the show saw Shane die in a tragic way, however, in the comics, the event of his death is much different and takes place much earlier in the storyline than the show presents.

Kirkman explained that in the television series, he was able to delve into Shane’s descent into madness and his conflict with Rick.

“To have that extra little notch. That’s a cool byproduct of really smart writers being able to look at that material and go, ‘Hey good job Robert, now let’s do this.’”

However, keeping Shane alive longer also had a larger effect on the series as it resulted in new storylines and one of the biggest deviations between the series and the comics.

The death of Dale occurs much sooner in the television show much to the frustration of fans. In the comics, as Kirkman points out, Dale goes on to have a relationship with Andrea, but in the series, because Shane is still around and Dale is suspicious of Shane, Dale is snuffed out much earlier.

It was a moment in the series that upset fans immensely, but Kirkman thinks that fan enthusiasm is “cool.”

The first half of season 2 was dominated by the gang focusing on finding Sophia. Kirkman felt that the search and discovery of Sophia was important to several of the characters and wouldnt have had the writers change a thing.

“To not do that story simply because I didn’t think of it when I was writing the comic, or because I did the comic a little differently is absurd to me. Staying true to that stuff is great when it’s necessary, but there are so many great ideas thrown around in the writers’ room that you just have to do that stuff. And I think it makes the show that much better.”

Now, with season 3 almost here, Kirkman spoke about the major turning points of characters as the show moves to one of the most anticipated location of the comic series and the introduction of much loved characters Michonne and The Governor.

“The most important stories over the life of the comic book series start when they find that prison. Comic book fans know now we’re really getting to the good stuff. Now we’re going to see Michonne, we’re probably going to see the Governor, we’re going to see Woodbury, we’re going to see all of these different things that people know and love from the comic book and they know is on the horizon just some from seeing that image at the end of the second season.”

The Walking Dead season 3 premieres October 14, 2012 on AMC.

A Majority of Walking Dead Players Try To Do The Right Thing

It seems The Walking Dead video game from Telltale games is proving to be just as much a social commentary as it is a captivating video game. Players are, as a majority, trying to do the right thing.

“Not even a zombie apocalypse can stop people from being intrinsically good,” said video game publisher and developer Telltale Games.

Similar to several popular games out right now, player choices are an important aspect of Telltale’s episodic adventure game. The game, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, tasks players with making difficult (and morally ambiguous) decisions that affect the outcome of the story. However, according to new statistics revealed after the The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved For Help was released, most people try to make the “right” choice even if it means endangering themselves or others.

(Warning: The rest of this article contains major spoilers for The Walking Dead) 

87 percent of players, when faced with the crossbow-weildling woman, chose to wait rather than shoot her dead. The majority (85 percent of players) then decided to chop off high-school teacher David’s leg to save him from approaching walkers, and most also chose to spare the life of demented dairy farmer Andy St. John (80 percent of players).

Telltale Games senior director of marketing Richard Iggo analyzed these statistics and said,

“Some of the stats we’ve seen coming back from player decisions have created a perception that even in dire times – and when faced with no-win situations where each decision is morally grey – the majority of people will try to do the ‘right’ thing if they can, even if there’s really no ‘right’ decision to be made,” Iggo told GamesBeat. ”It’s fascinating because even when we offer players a decision where the apparently darker option might make sense from a purely logical point of view, they’ll often try to choose the ‘higher’ ground at personal cost even if that means being put in danger or having a relationship with another character suffer because of it.”

Iggo also noted that the game’s engines track every decision players make. Statistics for the larger story-changing choices are displayed at the end of each episode, while the video trailers offer a more in-depth look into smaller, more subtle choices that help shape series protagonist Lee Everett’s personality.

“One of my favorites is where we see people stop punching Andy St. John,” Iggo said. “If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know that we’re almost up to 1.5 million punches on Andy. In that scene, you wail away on him until you see a wide-angle shot of the other survivors watching you including the impressionable Clementine. The camera then cuts back to a first person perspective, and you can continue to strike, but what we see is that most people stop. They realize that they’re being watched and that people are forming an opinion of them right there, and most people don’t want to be seen as a monster even in light of what the St. John family did. Most people take the higher ground, get up, walk away, and leave Andy to his fate.”

One choice, that wasn’t covered in the statistics trailer, invovles a small moment early on in Episode 2. Players must pass out four pieces of food among ten very hungry survivors. Unsurprisingly, the children — Clementine and Duck — were the most picked, followed by Mark. But it’s the fourth pick, the hard-as-nails curmudgeon Larry, that most surprised Telltale.

Iggo had a theory on why players chose they way they did.

“People chose to feed the guy that had been nothing but trouble since they met him, but I guess they felt sorry for him or his daughter Lilly. Or maybe they hoped that, by feeding him, he might tone down his aggression towards them and perhaps not reveal to the group what he knows about [Lee’s] past,” said Iggo.

However, players will never know if their kindness mattered to Larry as he meets his maker at the end of Episode 2. And if thought that was shocking, you haven’t seen anything yet.

“In terms of absolute heartbreak in the episodes we’ve seen so far, [Episode 3: Long Road Ahead] takes the crown. You’re really going to have your morals tested right from the opening scenes of the episode, and since the bulk of people who play the game seem to make decisions based on what they would actually do in the situations presented to them, this episode is going to hold up a very dark mirror for a lot of people.”

Whether player’s good actions are a result of their naturally kind hearts or they’re desire as gamer’s to get the best ending possible, it is still nice to see that during the apocalypse we may have some kind survivors at least.

New Walking Dead Season 3 Photo And An Update From Robert Kirkman

While fans await the premiere of season 3 of AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead,” creator, Robert Kirkman has released a set photo as well as offered a short update for the newest season.

The series started out with a six-episode first season, which was followed by a thirteen-episode second season. And coming this fall, we’ll see the first eight episodes of what will go on to be a sixteen-episode third season. As of last week, production on the midseason finale has wrapped.

He recently tweeted,

We wrapped on the mid-season finale of @WalkingDead_AMC a few hours ago. Amazing work from all involved, this Georgia crew kicks ass!

Kirkman also shared the following photo, which gives us a look at the Woodbury welcome center.

Woodbury may seem like a welcoming safe haven for Rick and the gang, but anyone who knows whats in store for the crew, Woodbury is anything but. The band of survivors have a tough season ahead of them, between the walkers and the other’s still alive. This new season will also see the introduction of the highly anticipated character, The Governor.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC with new episodes October 14. Those looking for a way to pass the time between now and then might check out the Walking Dead Facebook game.

The Walking Dead 100th Comic Issue Becomes Best Seller

Robert Kirkman has a lot to be proud of. He has a hit comic book series that has entranced fans as well as a hit television show based on his work, and most recently two different video games inspired by the world he created. However, he has even more to brag about as his 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic book series has become the best-selling comic of the 21st century according to Image Comics.

The issue has already sold out of its initial order of 383,612 copies.

Part of the reason for the higher-than-usual sales could be, as the New York Times pointed out, that fans and collectors flock toward milestone issues, such as number 100 in a series, as well as issues with multiple covers. The 100th issue released a total of nine different covers, which fans flocked to collect.

Another big draw was likely the expectation that something particularly big might happen in the storyline. (It did, but we won’t spoil it for you here.)

The comic book series has also had other awards including receiving the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International.

The massively popular AMC television series probably didn’t hurt sales either. Season three of the series is set to begin on Oct. 14.

New Details Released On Walking Dead Video Game

The Walking Dead: Video Game creators have released the first details about the new game.

Angel Gonzalez, creative lead for the project, said the developers wanted to portray the Walkers from the series as closely as possible, including the way they react to sound and smell, according to Digital Spy.

“When referencing the show, one of the things that stood out to us was how the Walkers reacted to sound; they were suspicious of gunfire,” Gonzalez said. “Seeming to know that only humans were able to wield weapons, the Walkers instinctively moved toward the sounds people made. They are also attracted to other sounds, so someone moving through that world needs to be aware of the amount and type of noise they make at all times.”

The developers are creating the games Walkers the same way, so players will have to be careful, quiet and sneaky to avoid confrontations during gameplay.

“If you show up with guns blazing, you’ll quickly find yourself dealing with a much larger crowd and you could easily be overwhelmed,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez also said players will give off a greater scent and attract more Walkers by staying in one place for too long, keeping true to the story that Walkers can identify the living by their sense of smell.

“Humans give off a scent that the Walkers can detect, and the longer we stand still (like when we are looking at a shelf for supplies) the larger the radius of that scent becomes. Stand still for too long and a Walker shambling down the street looking for a meal might just discover you standing inside a store,” Gonzalez said.

Activision announced the new title last week, stating that it will be a first-person shooter based on the AMC television series.

The game’s story will take place prior to the events in the show, and it centers on Daryl Dixon and his brother Merle as they fight their way across the Georgia countryside to reach Atlanta.

Terminal Reality (Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Kinect Star Wars) is developing the game.

It will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC sometime in 2013.

First Look: Charlie Adlard’s Alternative Issue #1 Walking Dead Magazine Cover

Titan Magazines and Skybound have announced the launch of The Walking Dead official magazine. The new release will be based on the best-selling comic book series, graphic novels and Emmy-winning AMC television series.

“The Walking Dead” continues to wow and rope in new fans with its groundbreaking comic book as well as being the highest rated basic cable drama. To build on its success and offer even more exciting content to the fans, The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine is set to answer questions and quench the thirst of fans.

Nick Landau, Titan Publisher commented on the new project by saying,

“We’re very excited to be publishing the quarterly The Walking Dead Magazine with Robert Kirkman and Skybound, which will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to get unlimited access to the show and comic.”

The magazine will feature an inside look at the comic book as well as show in a fully sanctioned quarterly publication. Readers will get exclusive access to in-depth interviews with creator Robert Kirkman, showrunner Glen Mazzara, and executive producer David Alpert. There will also be interviews from the lead actors of the series. Kirkman as well as series artist Charlie Adlard will also make appearances within the pages of the magazine.

Kirkman stated,

“This magazine will be your one stop destination for all the news pertaining to the comic, TV show, video game, toys, games, and whatever else exists in the ever-expanding Walking Dead universe!  If it’s happening, you’ll find out all about it right here!”

There will also be plenty of behind-the-scenes information and pics from Greg Nicotero and how he creates his on-screen zombies.

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine debuts in the U.S. on October 23, in the UK on November 8, and in Australia & New Zealand on December 18 with 100 pages of all-access awesomeness. Issue #1 of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine also comes with an alternative cover featuring an exclusive, colored zombie scene by Adlard. This alternative cover will only be available through comic book stores.

Fans of The Walking Dead are urged to like the magazine on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with developments and deals. Also, the magazine is currently offering fans a special preorder subscription saving of 20% off the cover price.

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.

Walking Dead Fans Can Pay To Be Chased By Zombies

If you are a fan of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” or the zombie genre at all, you have probably contemplated what you would do during the impending zombie apocalypse. Would you be a scrappy fighter who kicks ass or a resourceful loner who finds a fortified perch to eek out an existance, or in the worst case: a meal for the living dead?

Well know you can find out without having to wait around for it to happen for real. Thanks to the Walking Dead Escape: San Diego, fans can find out exactly how they would handle the situation. The event is inviting up to 15,000 people to sign up for the chance to live while the zombie apocalypse begins.

The event is open to anyone 16 years or older and will begin on July 14th-16th inside Petco Park. The enticing event acts as a tie-in to the upcoming Comic-Con International.

“Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, who will be participating in the event said,

“We wanted fans to experience — as closely as possible — the end of the world. It’s going to be a fun, messy time.”

The course for the escape was designed by Ruckus Athletics and creatively guided by Kirkman himself. It has intricate and interactive details that are true to original best-selling comic series that inspired the AMC series and is celebrating the release of its 100th issue.

Kirkman also assured that participants will not be timed, and that it is more of a “go-at-your-own-pace” type of event.

“You can run, jog, walk,” he said. “I’m probably going to crawl.”

Fans can register as a survivor or as a Walker or even as a spectator though that doesn’t seem as much fun.

Once participants reach the finish line or the “decontamination zone”, survivors will be evaluated to see if they have been infected. There will also be 15 makeup artists on site to make the Walkers as grotesque and real as possible. If you choose to be spectator, you can snap photos from the sidelines.

The event costs $70 for tickets but it seems to be worth it. At the end, all those who participated will receive an exclusive varient copy of the 100th issue which will be incredibly rare.

For more information about the event will work you can visit the event’s FAQ list. You can also see a map of the arena below:

AMC To Air All 19 Episodes of Walking Dead In One Weekend

For avid fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” or newcomers looking to get a late start, the network will air all 19 episodes from the show’s first two seasons during its Season 3 Preview Weekend July 7-8 beginning at 11:30 a.m./10:30 central each day.

The event, which airs one week before Comic-Con, will culminate with a Talking Dead live primetime special on July 8 at 8 p.m./9 central. The one-time-only airing of “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), will be followed by a never-before-seen black and white version of “The Walking Dead” pilot episode at 10/9c.

This version of the pilot was created specifically for fans of Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead comic book,” according to AMC, as it holds true to the book’s black and white art style. Hardwick will introduce each episode of the marathon from the set of season three in Atlanta, so fans will be able to see some of the new sets.

With help from cast members and producers, he will set up the plot of each episode, and discuss climactic moments and characters. Each episode will close with new character and scene-specific content from the first two seasons, including behind-the-scenes footage and sit-down interviews with cast members.

During the hour-long “Talking Dead” event, shot live in Los Angeles, Hardwick will offer a look at season three, including a scene from the new season, video interviews with the cast, a tour of the new set and a look at props and wardrobes.

The show’s executive producers and celebrity fans will also be featured.

“The Walking Dead’s” involvement at Comic-Con will be discussed, as well as a look at the set-up of the show’s booth for the event.

At one point during the live show, Hardwick will provide a code to viewers, which they can use to enter The Walking Dead Watch to Win Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a trip to Atlanta and a “stagger on” role as a zombie on the show, according to AMC.