‘The Walking Dead’: Devastation Is Ahead

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According to The Walking Dead (AMC) co-executive producer and creator, Robert Kirkman, speaking on October 11 at the New York Comic Con, there will be many “devastating” episodes this season. The premiere episode, last week, was devastating enough, but many fans have speculated that what Kirkman was referring to is that more than one regular on the popular series will get killed off this season.

Showrunner Scott Gimple was the first one of the two to talk about there being some “devastating” episodes of The Walking Dead on the way. Then, Kirkman echoed Gimple’s words, adding that there was no “kidding” about their both using that word. It is no wonder that the audience at the New York Comic Con were somewhat dismayed by their words, fearing that one of the show’s most popular characters might become Walker Chow in the near future.

Though Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman did not reveal exactly who would be getting killed off this season on The Walking Dead, Kirkman did tell Chris Hardwick, the host of The Talking Dead, that he would cause him to cry when he talked about the characters who were killed during his show. Kirkman described it as a “goal” of his and Scott’s to get to the point where one of the Talking Dead episodes was just Hardwick “crying.”

The premiere episode of The Walking Dead re-affirmed the fact that the show is totally awesome in that it was the most-watched cable TV episode of all time. It also was the highest-rated cable TV episode in what is known as the Live+3 ratings. that rating takes into account all viewers, even those who DVR shows to watch them later.

So, just how well did The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere episode, No Sanctuary, do in the Live+3 ratings? Over 5 million viewers checked it out later. Combining the estimated 17.3 million people who watched the premiere as it aired with the 5.086 million who reportedly viewed it later, 22.372 million people, in total, watched the premiere. That beat out the previous highest-rated cable episode ever, which was the season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead. That episode attracted a mere 20.2 million total viewers.

Another tidbit of news for fans of The Walking Dead is that Morgan Jones, played by Lennie James, will meet up with his old pal, Sheriff Rick Grimes, sometime later in season 5, or so hinted co-executive producer, Gale Anne Hurd, to a reporter from Zap2It. She said that there was a definite “reason” that Morgan was in the episode.

Though Gareth (Andrew J. West) was shot in the premiere episode of The Walking Dead, that does not mean he was killed. He just might crop up in future episodes. Also, the supervillain from the comic book series, Negan, will likely appear this season.

This Saturday, at an event dubbed the “Walker Stalker Con,” more than 5,000 fans of The Walking Dead in Atlanta celebrated the new season of their favorite show by dressing up as either a character from the series or one of the walking dead. Then, they invaded the AmericasMart and got the chance to meet some of the actors from the AMC series and ask them questions. On hand at the event were Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, Andrew “Rick Grimes” Lincoln, Scott “Hershel” Wilson, Melissa “Carol” McBride, and Michael “Merle” Rooker. The event will continue on Sunday.

The Walking Dead has a lot more great episodes ahead this season, though there will, no doubt, be some “devastation” ahead. Some of the cast who began season five will not make it to season six of the series, sadly. Please leave comments below and mention which character might be most likely to become “Walker Chow.”

Written By Douglas Cobb

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