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Darabont: No Second-Season
Order For WALKING DEAD Yet!!

I am – Hercules!! Writer-director Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile,” “The Mist”) says the rumor of an early 13-episode second season order for his AMC zombie series “The Walking Dead” is only a rumor. The filmmaker seems particularly startled at the idea that season two would start production only a month or two after he completes season one. “Shooting in February? As tired as I am right now getting season one through post, I'd rather shoot myself,” Darabont tells Ain't It Cool. The six-episode first season of “Walking Dead” launches Halloween night on AMC.
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  • Sept. 2, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Six episodes?

    by HoboCode


  • Sept. 2, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by JMG84


  • Sept. 2, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Darn, darn, darn...

    by LordPorkington

    Okay, so it was a rumour, but it's just *got* to get a second season, hasn't it? We're all going to watch it on AMC, then rave about it enough for the fools in the suits (and I'm not generalising, they really *are* fools - but that's another story) to actually give us that second season that we all dearly want. Assuming it doesn't turn out to be a steaming pile o' shite of course.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I'll watch them all even if they suck, with the hopes...

    by vic twenty

    that the next episode will be great. I'm sure the undead legions will be more than happy with what Frank has come up with. And like Kirkman writes, they don't have to come up with a lame ending, just a 'to be continued'.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    wishful thinking on the behalf of forums

    by RealDoubleJ

    Even a HBO series doesn't get a green-lit until the ratings come back for the 4th episode generally. Has AMC got the coverage to receive "Dambusters" ratings for the 1st episode?? I ask as an outsider to the imperium that is America. I presume they'd take the same option that they do with 'Breaking Bad' & wait to see if Bryan Cranston is nominated for Lead Actor in the awards show before entertaining the thought of another series.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Best start kissing my ass then

    by gruntybear

    What was all that tripe a few days back about AMC having such huge confidence in this new zombie series? BULL to the SHIT! Told you the Halloween night premiere was an indication that AMC's resolve over this micro-niche genre pioneer was wavering. We'll be lucky to see the full 6 episode first season maintain a consistent weekly timeslot at this rate. Watch for a buried "finale" sometime during the Christmas re-run season.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The Walking Bored

    by ErichZann

    Warning to anyone who hasn't checked out the comic series: DON'T. It's a soap opera with an occasional zombie attack thrown in. Just like "Day of the Dead" in that way, actually. Anyone who likes it is just admitting they would rather watch a lifetime movie than a true horror film.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    No second season order yet?

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    6 > 0...that ain't no flimflam

    by harmless

    check my maths. i'm right.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to...

    by Luc1ferous

    ..some inventive FX make up, possibly shoddy acting, but possibly not as well... I'm with-holding proper judgement until i see the Pilot on november first (not an American).

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by lostboytexas

    each episode is 3 hours long right?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Love the comic series!

    by fanboy71

    Never watched a lifetime movie. Maybe if your idea of a lifetime movie is a great story, great character development and not so many colorful explosions and fart jokes, I might have to check them out.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    ErichZann VS Almost Every Review I've Read


    Hmmm. Who do I trust?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Darabont cannot get hired to do movies so he does TV

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    Super Lame Time

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I'd have to agree with Fanboy Erich

    by RealDoubleJ

    Could you explain to me what makes 'a true horror film' if it's not allowed to let the audience invest in the world presented to them so that they'll have a reason to become emotional when the proverbial occurs? An example would help.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by LordPorkington

    Please apply your chopping skills to the stupid cunt who calls himself ErichZann. Cheers mate.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by L.H.Puttgrass

    That was a fake CHOPPAH. <p> He has a zero(0) for an oh(O). <p> Reminds me of those multiple fake Dick Bloods. Remember that confusion?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I <3 Zombies

    by buffywrestling

    Anyone hear that they are going to be showing the BBC Zomb series "Dead Set" on IFC on the same night [Hallowen]? <p> All about the Z-word this coming holiday. Play along. <p> I want to see a zombie try to pry iteslf from the cold, snowy ground & everyone will pretend that they haven't see "Dead Snow". <p> These are the demands & sayings of buffywrestling.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Darabont can't get hired to do movies?!?

    by eoneon

    Fuck you! You fucking lame tool! Darabont is a cool director in my book. Let's see you do better you douche canoe

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Choppah was a Dickblood imposter anyway

    by buffywrestling

    Who gives a fuck what anyone with a fucking dash in their handle nowadays has to say. <p> Except for Xiphos_2. He's the Jason Statham of talkbacks. <p> These are the demands & sayings of buffywrestling.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Key word: Yet

    by ATARI

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by NeverTalksBack

    Your assessment of the Walking Dead comic book series is both juvenile and highly inaccurate. Clearly you don't understand drama, lifetime my ass. Like what?! Not enough gore for you? Simply put you clearly don't know what you are talking about. I personally think it's one of the best comics I've ever read, and I'm not a big fan of soap operas either... <p> <p> Well said Fanboy71 ;)

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    When the fuck else?

    by Mr. Profit

    Would you premiere a zombie themed TV show? AMC is the ONLY channel now it seems who keeps the tradition of showing horror films in October and on Halloween. Premiering the show on Halloween makes sense. All the advertising and lead up would make more sense on that date since all month everything will be horror. <p>So why would they roll out a new horror show in September during the new season roll out of all broadcast shows on a network that wins awards for their dramas, but they have low ratings? Doesn't make much business sense. <p>Also with the uptick in ratings for genre related program, I don't see how this show can't meet or exceed the ratings levels of Breaking Bad.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    I don't see this thing lasting more than the 6 eps, sadly...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Looks like AMC is already getting lilly-livered about it. Too bad. Also, maybe Darabont, after The Mist (great, unrelenting horror film, but totally rejected by Mongoloid America) IS being blackballed by the industry, who knows? Bottom Line, I just can't see the citizens of Dumbfuckistan being interested in a weekly zombie apocalypse horror series on the home of that snoozefest Mad Men (just my opinion, I've worked in advertising so nothing new there to keep me interested), it's just not gonna happen. I'd bet money that AMC declares it a "miniseries" in November and burns off the episodes, probably neglecting to air one so they can pitch the Blu-Ray and DVD as "Featuring An Un-Aired Special Episode!" Just like NBC did with the cheesy, yet underrated Persons Unknown.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Jason Statham?

    by Xiphos_2

    Nice thanks Buffy.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Six episodes is awesome!

    by WarrenSmooth

    I'm tired of TV shows that pad their shows with filler episodes just to stretch the season out. Do we really want to see some crappy "Glenn's Story" flashback episode or a "funny" episode focused on Dale's missing Viagra bottle? That's what you'll get with a 30 episode season. Six hours leaves no time for that bullshit!

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    If he shot himself...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...would he come back as a zombie?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by RedJester

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Great TV series

    by redshirt

    I am trying to think of some great TV series that started of with a great first few episodes. The list is pretty short. I remember the ER premier was awesome, but the Buffy premier was pretty lame, as were pretty much all the Star Trek premieres. Any other thoughts on this idea?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by skywise404

    Kirkman opened the first compilation with a preface stating that the series was not really a horror story but a story about what people become when dealing with horrifying situations. When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you so to speak.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    The X-Files started pretty strong, and 95% of Lost's first season was outstanding.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by redshirt

    Yes, put those 2 on the list for sure! Lets make it even tougher. How many shows started and ended great? That eliminates X-Files. Didn't see the last season of Lost, so I don't know if it stays on the list.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Dead Set

    by tomthumbstallywhacker

    ... wasn't BBC, it was Channel 4. the beeb wouldnt have had the balls to make the first zombie TV series. Fact.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Walking Dead = Milking the cow

    by KilliK

    thats what the comic has turned into,so i have stopped reading it for sometime now.but i ll give a chance to the series.after all its Darabont.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    skywise - exactly.

    by ErichZann

    So to all you saying it is horror: eat my brains.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    Neither show makes the list then. I would say, even though it's not a genre show, Newhart.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Being Human - the bbc show - was short

    by MonkeyManReturns

    Each season was about six or so episodes and guess what - it actually worked...I don't mind this...6 clean episodes, no mid-season break (what a dumb idea those are), and the network can keep a tight budget going so more seasons can be made. Nice. It like it. Imagine if Flashforward was 6 shows long...or Dollhouse...we actually may have had something people would have watched...

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST


    by MonkeyManReturns

    I don't trust anything you say. I don't believe you have brains.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Soooo, if it's not horror...

    by NeverTalksBack

    it must be a lifetime movie, nuance much?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr. Darabont

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Looking forward to TWD but holding out hope for your long-rumored The Long Walk adaptation.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST

    They just showed "Being Human" here

    by buffywrestling

    in Canada on "Space" {it's like the SyfY channel but completely better} & I must admit, I was completely dismissive of the premise - a ghost, a vampire, a werewolf, all shacking up as room mates - it turned out more dramatic than corny & quite interesting.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Look have I got a second series?

    by alan_poon

    Smell my cheese you mother!

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I've got cheese!

    by mynamesdan

    mm. it's nice. go on, smell it.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    NBC's The Office was only 6 episodes...

    by Big_Ern_McCracken

    I remember hating the pilot since it was a direct rip of the BBC's original pilot and thinking to myself there is no fucking way this will go to series with ony 6 fucking episodes.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Being Human

    by MonkeyManReturns

    It's a good show...reaction can be mixed but most people are surprised by it. I was worried that season 2 would have nowhere to go, and then they totally delivered a great season. Curious how the American version will play out.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by JAMF

    you're right actually but i read it anyway. i do find the 'who's sleeping with who?' and 'whos got issues this week' bits to be boring but other than that its okay. i've been reading for 76 issues now so... i'll keep going i guess

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Umm...of COURSE there's no order for a 2nd season yet

    by slone13

    <p>The first episode of season one isn't even airing till October.</p> <p>Name me one television series that has ever had a 2nd season greenlit before even one episode of the show has ever aired. </p>

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by slone13

    I can't figure out if I'm laughing with the guy or at him. I guess it doesn't matter. At least I'm laughing.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I've never read the comic, don't plan to read the comic

    by skycrapper

    but I'll check this TV series out. I'm sure the first episode is going to be like watching the first hour of 28 day later but the zombies look pretty spectacular so I'm in.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    CHippy: Good thing you kept your cool

    by buffywrestling

    And didn't fly off the handle. That would have been embarrassing.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Choppa - Shut the fuck up

    by PeanutButterSlut

    This isn't Warhammer 40,000. You aren't an Ork. Your "eh' bozz we be choppin' them humies' " bullshit has reached it's end. <p> Your sick fucking delusions are a plague to all TB's. Please fuck yourself. <p> Your obviously CHOP-BASED retort is coming, proving you are a fucking dickchin.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    <p> <p>

    by PeanutButterSlut <p>,000%29 <p> CHOPPA = FAIL

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    DOTD Remake

    by Stalkeye

    Actually, it was the best Zombie movie since..well, Zombi. Didn't really care for 28 Days later as it tried to come off as some "revision" of the Zombie genre.<p>as for comparing the latter parts to A-team..nah, it was more like Aliens if anything with Polley taking the "Ripley" part. My only gripe besides the Zombie Baby would be the ambiguous ending.(Did they or didn't they?) great for a remake unlike many nowadays and Splice was a letdown.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by fanboy71

    The first episode of Firefly was fantastic. Probably the best pilot I have ever watched IMHO. Uh, if you count the REAL first episode (Serenity), and not the fake first episode that FOX made them clammmer together (The Train Job) which had to reintroduce everyone and their roles on the ship that the real first episode had already established quite brilliantly, but which was, of course, shelved by the retarded dickheads at FOX who wouldn't know a good show if it swam up and bit them on the ass. Yes, I am still bitter.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I have difficulty picturing you doing

    by buffywrestling

    anything "all day long", Chippy. Unless it's sucking. I'm sure you're ace at that.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    "Their warriors are characterized by large, crude, garishly painted weapons called 'choppas', inexplicably sharp melee weapons forged from scrap" <p> Choppa, your an RPG miniature assembling fucking ass spelunker.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    Choppa died of A.I.D.S. while being buttfucked at a miniature painting expo. <p> More than likely he will return, though, and continue the saga of his 15 YO life...(he plays Final Fanatsy while awaiting forum posts here and gets distracted).

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut


  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    DOTD Ending

    by Alientoast

    "would be the ambiguous ending.(Did they or didn't they?)"...they don't show what happens, but they were pretty much dead meat (excuse the pun). The boat essentially coasted into the island and they had no supplies. Even if they somehow were able to push off from the dock (doubtful based on how close the zombies were after the actors left the camera's field of least, doubtful without some zombies leaping on board), they still would have no supplies, limited ammo (probably not enough to clean that island of the undead,) or means to propel the boat. They would die of thirst even if the zombies didn't get them, and even if it rained by some miracle, they had no food supplies so they would slowly get weaker from hunger and be less able to fend off a zombie onsault, to speak nothing of trying to get food/water/shelter AFTER they dealt with the waves of zombies.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    slone13, was Kurt Russel laughing too?

    by Immortal_Fish

    If he was, then it's okay.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by BarryConvex

    So you're a republican and play Warhammer 40K... It all makes sense now.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Watch your back, Choppah.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Oh, I get it now.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    You're a rightwingnut who works part-time at McDonalds and plays Warhammer in your spare time.<BR><BR>Makes sense.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I can play this game too

    by SithMenace

    CHOPPAH, don't you have a Babylon 5 convention to get dressed for?<p>You've been slightly MENACED!<p>See how annoying that is? Gotta love the lonely retards around here that try to coin a catchphrase, as if there aren't a zillion better things to do with your time.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Hey Redshirt

    by Jack Shepherd

    Breaking Bad probably had the best first three episodes of any series I've ever seen. In fact, that series probably has more genuinely good episodes of any series I've ever seen, and they've only made about 30 eps.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Not buying it.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Damn--<BR><BR>You're on fire today, Chops.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    "Choppah was a Dickblood imposter anyway"

    by jimmy rabbitte

    When that sentence makes any kind of sense to you; you've been hanging around these boards, for far too long.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Funny how people slam me in threads

    by RPLocke

    But Choppah can't even be funny for one second of his life and people ignore him.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Darabont doesn't have to direct EVERY episode!

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Do it like Masters of Horror and have the greats of teh genre take a stab at it. I mean, you've GOT to let Romero do an episode don't you?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    You've GOT to let Romero do an episode!

    by WarrenSmooth

    No... no they don't... not if they actually care about things like logic and pacing. George is a great idea man but that fucker's edit knob broke off decades ago.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I still have faith in Romero

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    The man was a fucking GENIOUS and invented the genre. I don't know what the fuck has happened to him lately but it seems to have manifested itself in his WRITING. His directing has never been that flashy, but has always been adept. There would be no harm in letting him direct an already completed script.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Sequels before movies are out and now...

    by Oldnewbie

    Second season talks before an episode of season one airs. What the fuck is wrong with people??

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I still have faith in Romero

    by RPLocke


  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by redshirt

    I will give you Firefly on a technicality. It was only half a season. And yes, I am still bitter about it as well. Never saw Breaking Bad. Notice, however, how difficult a topic it is to come up with only a couple answers! Would MASH even qualify?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    6 episodes is a standard in the UK

    by dasaroo

    It's called focus, bitches. Concise, economical. Here are a few 6 eps/season shows: The Office (Gervais) Extras (Gervais) FAWLTY FUCKING TOWERS. That said, this fucker has not even aired yet, and Darabont is pimping a second run?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Romero doesn't want to do it

    by mr teaspoon

    and you spelled genius wrong, dipshit. shocktill "I'd probably say no," he said. "I'm sitting here at home, my zombies are in the closet and I have my own peculiar way of using them. I'm clinging to my own franchise, as peculiar as that is. It's not big box office, but it's mine and I'll stick with it."

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    RE: Umm...of COURSE there's no order for a 2nd seasn yet

    by filmstu2005

    @ slone13 "Name me one television series that has ever had a 2nd season greenlit before even one episode of the show has ever aired." Well, Green Lantern 2 got "green"-lit before Greena Latern 1 ever aired...Just saying.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by tomandshell

    That one got renewed before it started airing, right? Anyway, six episodes might make a season when you're talking about British sitcoms--but this is America and in these here parts, that's what we call a miniseries.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I'm in the camp of " How can it not be good"

    by liljuniorbrown

    All factors in play, AMC,writers,Darabount,source material, and it's about a zombie apocalypse. How can it not be good?

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Re: Spartacus c/o tomandshell

    by Dan the Geek

    As an American, I understand your observation about the short first season, but Breaking Bad's first season was cut to seven episodes due to the fucking Writers' Strike and it's going solid three years on, Emmy wins for Bryan Cranston, etc. Quality reigns on AMC. This is the network that said, "Yes, please" to Mad Men when HBO passed. Believe me, I'd rather we had a longer season, but if and when it pays off, there's guaranteed more to come, y'know?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by malificus

    No? (looking dejected)Oh well. I'm late to the party I've been reading Walking Dead for quite a while, but I only just watched The Mist today and that asshole Darabont will fuck this Walking Dead property with all the finesse of a 14 year old fingering his cousin. What a total douche ending, I won't spoil it for any masochists who haven't clipped on their nipple electrodes and watched that POS movie but that convinced me, having never watched a moment of the show, that his adaption of Walking Dead will suck like a $1200 Dyson. Sometimes a comic series works so well BECAUSE it's a comic series and adapting them to a different media like movies is just trying to rope in dummies who are too lazy or stupid to check out the source material and who needs twats like them anyway?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    I guess the guy at DragonCon

    by HermesTrismestigus

    Lied or was wishfully thinking when he said they picked it up for season two and for everybody to make sure to watch it because he worked on it.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    At least John Russo's Night Of The Living Dead comic...

    by Caffienelover1978

    isnt being brought to the small screen. I really dig the story line of Walking Dead. I guess Darabont is reduced to a Mike Garris type of director now. I mean a play it safe go to guy for material without actually hitting taboo subjects that the stories describe...I would love to see The Stand done without playing it safe. Russo's comics lacks anything that what made the zombie films that he and Romero help create the reason that that film appeals to us.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    It's great!

    by Akhenaton

    Saw the first episode, and it did not let me down. It can be found online, for those interested...

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Wow. Everyone is wrong here. Everyone.

    by TroaAxaltion Bam. Two different sites with two different sources. It's got a second season, there ya go. Also, the premier did NOT steal from 28 days later, the scenario was completely different and Walking Dead was way more realistic about it.