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Repost: Read Quint's non-broken interview with The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln!

Published at: Dec. 5, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST by quint

A server issue has made Coax go wonky and for some reason this specific interview got hit worst of all, with only the questions showing up after being up (and readable) for a few hours. So, I'm reposting here until we can fix Coax again. Enjoy!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a phone interview I conducted yesterday with the star of AMC’s hit zombie show THE WALKING DEAD, Mr. Andrew Lincoln. For those eagle-eyed constant readers, you’ll remember that I’ve been a vocal (probably annoyingly so) fan of Robert Kirkman’s comic for years and was able to give you one of the earliest glimpses of the Frank Darabont-led TV adaptation of the material. It’s still a good read, especially considering how they didn’t include the tail end of the sequence I saw shot… You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. The only thing I got wrong was that Rick had seen zombies before he shoots the little girl zombie in the head. Anyway, on that visit I sat down for an informal, not-recorded chat with Andrew Lincoln that is brought up in the below interview. I wish I had more time, the final phoner clocking in at just around 12 minutes, which is just about enough time to get comfortable, but not really dig my teeth in to a solid conversation, but you take what you can get. Before I hand it over to the interview, I wanted to make mention of the writer’s room firing that everybody is all hot about and tell you why I didn’t bring it up here. First of all, Lincoln is an actor, not a suit or show-runner. If I was interviewing Darabont I’d probably have made mention of it, but even then it wouldn’t have been pressing in my mind. Don’t get me wrong. It must suck if you were in that writer’s room and I feel bad for those guys… But for fans to get all in a tizzy about it is kind of ridiculous. The writer’s room were responsible for only two episodes in the first season. This isn’t Darabont and Robert Kirkman leaving the show. I think it can only be a good thing to hire freelance writers and have Kirkman and Darabont essentially act as the writer’s room and Gods of the series. All that out of the way, here’s the interview. Lincoln drops a little info about Sunday’s season finale that might be spoilerish and we also talk about the hell that Rick Grimes might be facing in the future if the series sticks any near the comic trajectory, so spoiler warning if you a show fan that hasn’t read the comics yet! Enjoy!

Quint: How are you doing, sir?

Andrew Lincoln: I’m very well. How are you?

Quint: I’m doing fantastic. I don’t know if you will remember, but we met on the set. I was one of the first people on there. I was there on the day you shot the little girl.

Andrew Lincoln: Yes, I do remember! Yes, absolutely. It’s lovely to speak to you.

Quint: Yeah, it’s awesome sitting back as a fan watching having seen the hard work that you guys put into it and knowing how much passion Frank (Darabont) has for it and all of that going into and not only seeing it turn out so well, but also seeing the reaction and how popular it’s become.

Andrew Lincoln: You and me both, my friend. It’s been an incredible journey so far. I mean the filming of it was one of the most satisfying and exciting jobs of my life and this is just wild. The way it’s been received is beyond our wildest dreams, really; it’s fantastic.

Quint: Well it’s great because sometimes you can have the best premise and the best creative team and everything can come together and there’s no audience for it.

Andrew Lincoln: That is so true. That is absolutely true and you never can quite gauge a temperature for something, no matter how much fun and how good you think it is and the scriptwriting… as you say sometimes it can just miss the boat, but this time it seems to have really caught fire.

Quint: I remember when we talked at the end of that day, sitting in your trailer…

Andrew Lincoln: You said a great thing to me, which really stayed and it was very important for the rest of the shoot. I asked you… I said, “Why do you love this story so much and why do you think the hand being chopped off was so important?” You said, “Because it means that no one is safe.” It was one of the crucial parts about why it had such longevity, I think, for you and I love that. I think that that’s hopefully what we have tried to capture, particularly with the camp attack and all of those kinds of things that have happened.

Quint: The moment that I knew that you were right for the character is when we were talking about Rick as kind of a tortured soul and how this isn’t a guy finding his calling, this is a guy trying to do his best and ultimately always something is going wrong. No matter how many successes he has, he always has losses and it takes something from him each and every time.

Andrew Lincoln: That’s it! Everything costs him, which was absolutely vital I think… even more so with the killing of the walkers and things like that. It was very pertinent that you were there on the day with my first zombie kill. [Laughs] I mean that was my first, my inaugural kill you know and you kind of go… It is… It’s a horrific moment and there is always and always should be that recognition that it costs these characters and it irrevocably changes them.

Quint: And I love just the way the zombies have been presented, where they themselves are kind of tortured beings. One of my favorite moments from the pilot episode was how Frank kind of crosscuts between Morgan and Rick…

Andrew Lincoln: Yes, the execution of the woman… the crawler…

Quint: Yeah, where he felt like Rick had to go out of his way to put her out of her misery and I kind of love that in that one way where Morgan can’t pull the trigger on his wife and even though it’s not him holding a gun to his wife’s head, you still see that Rick is the one who would be able to make that call and go into those dark areas.

Andrew Lincoln: Yeah, I think it’s true. My brother in particular, who I value his judgment and he’s a huge comic book guy, he loves the comic books, he said he found that extremely profound. He said it was astonishing and very very moving. It’s almost like its stealth (storytelling). It feels like we have gone into people’s front rooms under the guise… I said the other day it’s like a Trojan Horse with a big old zombie and then we come inside and we sort of open people up and throw all of this emotion around in there and it seems to be moving people as well. We go in the guise of a zombie survival horror and actually what it is is a very human drama.

Quint: Absolutely, that’s what I’ve loved about Robert Kirkman’s book, but that’s what I love about horror as a genre itself. The best use of the genre is always used as a sugary pill. If you look at Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, that was all race relations as the underscore of that whole thing. When used right it can be a way to preach without preaching, you know?

Andrew Lincoln: Yeah, absolutely. I think all good art aspires to that as well.

Quint: Let’s talk a little bit about the core group because last time I had spoken with you the group hadn’t really formed yet, but now on the show the core group has and that’s kind of where we are.

Andrew Lincoln: It’s a pretty cool group of actors, don’t you think?

Quint: Oh man, I love Jeff DeMunn. I think his Dale is so perfect.

Andrew Lincoln: Isn’t it awesome? He’s just a wonderful actor full stop. So many of the characters… It was so lovely, the first time I shot, when I arrived at camp and we did it chronologically with the union and then the campfire scene, and I looked around and we were shooting it at night obviously and you know I just started hearing everybody talking and they had already established the camp hierarchy and it was wild. It was just wild to hear the voices and I just thought, “This is great.” Everywhere I looked people were putting in these extraordinary performances.

Quint: Have you worked with them individually or as a group? How is that dynamic working for you guys?



Andrew Lincoln: It’s very communal, it’s very open. It’s funny because it’s almost as if we are living it. The practicalities of shooting it are very open plan and also it’s just brutal filming, exposed filming, everything is very public and very raw and it’s great. It’s difficult, it’s powerful, and I’ve never been… When everybody cranks into a scene… Like for example when we get eth countdown happening in episode six and the panic starts to rise and everybody is reacting in their own individual perfectly pitched way, it’s really exciting being on set; it feels like a very tight and committed ensemble group. It doesn’t feel an isolated experience at all and that really just makes it more real and helps everybody.

Quint: And then I’m sure it’s also got to help you in the fact that you guys are forced to shoot chronologically in that as you get to know these people not only as people, but as characters also.

Andrew Lincoln: Yeah, it’s true. It’s a very interesting way of sort of feeling your way into a group. I mean particularly Rick; he comes in as an outsider and sort of is deferred to by Shane and instantly gets this status, but then he messes up and he comes back and then there’s a divisiveness in the group. It’s really the changeable nature of a group of people, a group of misfits that wouldn’t necessarily hang out together, but are thrown together on this life raft as it were. That’s the fascinating thing as an actor and playing these characters in this very tense environment where it changes scene to scene. One person can be a hero one minute and make a decision as you say that costs lives and that’s exactly what happens to Rick in the show and it costs him and he loses the confidence of his best friend and then even his wife is not 100% convinced with the call that he’s making.

Quint: That’s the beauty of the material and what I love seeing adapted so well, especially in the Shane/Rick/Lori love triangle. What I’m really loving is that you kind of hate Sarah Wayne Callie’s character (Lori) at the end of the first episode and you kind of hate her even more in the second episode, but then she turns around. In the third you are all of a sudden on her side. It’s the same thing with Shane; you kind of hate him for what he’s doing, but then he beats the hell out of that wife-beater and suddenly you are on his side and that’s…

Andrew Lincoln: I think you are absolutely right. The beauty of the show is that you have this moral dilemma constantly that seesaws in all of these characters. They are all flawed characters. They are all in an extraordinary situation which has no right answer or right way to behave. The exciting, it’s like going back to medieval times, everything’s so public. Every decision made is a life threatening decision, so everything is public and played out publicly and that’s difficult live under and people react better than other people you know and every intimate moment is so priceless and stolen. It’s very difficult to get privacy.

Quint: Let’s look ahead to the next season. You are looking at more than double the episodes of the first season, aren’t you? Are you prepared for that?

Andrew Lincoln: I’m getting my sleep in now, I’ll tell you that much and all of us are probably going to get to Atlanta early just to acclimate! I know how hard it was just doing six, just because it’s not a studio set. You know as well as everybody else who knows the graphic novel, it’s outdoors, man. [Laughs]

Quint: And it gets brutal. This is a very rocky ride for our group and I kind of noticed maybe a little foreshadowing with the Merle’s lopped off hand and all of that stuff.

Andrew Lincoln: Yeah it does seem (that way). I keep bumping into (Michael) Rooker at all of these kind of parties and conventions and it’s like I keep looking at him and going “It’s not good for me, man… I don’t see a bright future for me and you.” [Laughs]

Quint: All of my WALKING DEAD fan friends and I keep talking about that. We’re going “Oh man, Merle’s going to end up with the Governor. That’s where they are going to find him…”

Andrew Lincoln: [Laughs] That’s what we’ve got; we’ve got a year of speculation, basically.

Quint: That’s all good, man. Well I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and congratulations on the success. You guys have earned it.

Andrew Lincoln: Thank you so much and also maybe you’ll do a set visit next year sometime?

Quint: I’d love to. I keep trying to talk them into letting me be a zombie, so maybe you’ll get to put a bullet in my head next year, God willing.

Andrew Lincoln: I would love it. You know that was happening towards the end of the shoot. People were coming up to me and just going “Can I have your bullet?” I was giving bullets out, it was fantastic.

Quint: That’s awesome.

Andrew Lincoln: Well look, a real pleasure to speak to you again and take it easy. We’ll speak next year, hopefully.

Quint: Yeah, absolutely man. Thanks.

Andrew Lincoln: Thank you.

Quint: Alright, bye.



It was a pleasure chatting with Mr. Lincoln and I hope to get more chances to in the future. The man has one of the most fascinating characters on TV if the put him through the ringer like they do in the books. And he’s a nice fellow to boot. Now where to I start my “Kill me in Walking Dead Season 2” campaign? -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Good show

    by phifty2

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Good guy

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    This show is lame

    by MST3KPIMP

    pretentious and uninspired.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    FINALLY!

    by buffywrestling

    Worth the wait really. I laughed when you said , "Put a bullet into my head." and he goes, "Love to!" Heh. <p> The best thing I took away was this quote, "They are all in an extraordinary situation which has no right answer or right way to behave." I have always come to this type of thinking, especially when I see Talkbackers [Walkbackers?] saying the characters actions are so stupid because of what *they* would do if they were in that situation. I find that completely irrelevant to characterization.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Minor Quibble

    by Booster Gold Lives

    The photo of Lincoln and the horse both sitting on the mats should've been saved for your BTS column, because that's a great shot...had to look twice to see what the horse was doing. Other than that, great interview. I think one of the things about this show is that we fans of the books have an extra level of tension because we know what's coming (for example, the prison, the Governor, etc.) and while we're anxious to get there, we know it'll be a shitstorm when we do. Awesome stuff.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    show should have a good 14 epsiodes every season

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    6 sucks! I need more!

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    terrible show

    by lostboytexas

    a chore to watch.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Thanks for reposting! The show is not lame

    by catlettuce4

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    repost: Darabont find Joe Lansdale

    by deelzbub

    great writer. great dialogue writer. great southern dialogue writer. reads authentic and true!

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I didn't hate the latinos taking care of their grannies

    by deelzbub

    They're survivors, and they gotta hole up somewhere, right? Made sense to me. Didn't agree w/ the criticism that ep.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    the horse sitting:

    by zom-bot.com

    it's a real horse? i thought it was a well made fake used for the falling and attack shots. the muscles don't look right in that seated position (if horses will typically even sit like that at all)

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Enjoying it...

    by Professor.Heinrich.Von.Squawkencluck

    <p>... but not loving it. Yet. </p> <p>I get the sense that next season will drive on into deeper darker places and, that's what will keep me watching. I am, however, loving Andrew Lincoln in this. </p>

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    The HARRY'S TRON LEGACY review link is not working

    by KilliK

    i am getting a "Unable to connect to database server".could someone look into this or Harry just removed the review? tx.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Something not quite right

    by Tomarru

    Tbh, there are just so many holes in logic and general storytelling in this. The show is FAR FAR too slow and meandering for a zombie apocalypse and they telegraph everything far too much.<p> I mean ep 4 starts with a dragging 10 minute long monologue between 2 characters we hadnt really met, didn't care about and about crap that had no impact on anything. You knew it was cathartic trite just to try and have some hook for one of the two dying, some reconciliation before the end. It didn't work, I cared even less and more than that, they bored me.<p> How you make people care or get to know characters isn't by how much screentime or lines they have, it's about what they do within that time.<p> I just think it could be a LOT snappier without losing anything. Having a bunch of misfits around a campfire is not entertaining, having them all being attacked IS entertaining unfortuntely it makes up a fraction of the time allotted to each episode.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I thought I had a virus!

    by Raymar

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    The first episode was the best.

    by rbatty024

    But that doesn't mean the series hasn't maintained a level of quality for all six episodes. I'm kind of sick of the Ain't it Cool News reactions that either fall into the camp of it's the greatest thing ever or it's a complete travesty. Most stuff is in-between, folks.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah, mentaldominance

    by Colonel_Blimp

    Everyone knows real zombies can't smell.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Clearly Tomarru has the attention span of a gnat......

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    No worries. <p> Not everybody should be expected to have the ability to enjoy and appreciate great story-telling. <p> The camp-fire scene was actually one of the best scenes, especially with Dale's monologue on Time. But of course you would have to have an attention span higher than that of a beetle to appreciate that, rather than jonesing for the inevitable Zombie attack scene. <p> If you want mindless action with zero character development and growth, then I'm sure Michael Bay is cooking up something especially just for you. <p> Oh, and if it takes you a full 4 episodes to realize that you don't like a particular series, then you are in more trouble than any of us are giving you credit for.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    MENTALDOMINANCE

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    You mean Zombies can't smell? And here I was thinking that it was an established iron-clad scientific FACT that Zombies can indeed smell, .......and burp, and fart. <p> What was I thinking? <p> Oh well, I guess that means they can't see neither or hear, or feel for that matter. Oh wait...... (who makes these rules anyway?) <p> It's bizarre that you were able to suspend belief enough to accept the fact that these mythical non-existent creatures can see and hear (as obviously established on the show) but somehow the notion that they can smell as well or use yet another one of their senses, greatly offends your delicate sensibilities.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    zombot

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    They don't typically sit like that, but if you've ever been to a circus, you might be aware that even Elephants can be trained to sit like that.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Everyone looks dead next to Sarah

    by Knockers

    Palin pulls it off but the rest of the cast seems distracted. And nobody walks in Alaska. The state is too big especially when it snows which reminds me where is the friggin snow in this show?

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    mental dominance: zombie's sense of smell

    by deelzbub

    I agree wiyh you. If I have a slightly syuffy nose I have absolutely no sense of smell. Rotting zombie sinuses probably wouldn'y function either. <P> However, it would seem much more likely that a reanimated cold dead corpse would easily detect body heat coming from the living. Even plants can detect the direction of a heat source.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Let´s be real, the show is FAR from perfect

    by Ditko

    the acting sucks and the editing could use a few tricks here and there. The writing isn´t that great either, and I find amazing the staff can´t come up with anything more interesting to tell in that universe. However, it is STILL watchable, a TV show about zombies and it´s harmless. Keep it rollin'!

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    sorry for the typos

    by deelzbub

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    For all you Yanks.....

    by D o o d

    Andrew Lincoln is British and I'm quite surprised that it wasn't mentioned in this interview how good his american accent is!

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Those of you not liking the emphasis on long character moments

    by ufoclub1977

    that have nothing to do with the zombie storyline are also not representative of the entire new audience this show is gathering who doesn't give a shit about zombie movies... their formula for this show is working. They are gaining a bigger audience then the limited niche of zombie horror fans.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Wow, remember Drop the Dead Donkey?

    by Odog

    and This Life, great shows. Sheesh, showing my age.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Andrew Lincoln;s American accent is actually

    by lostboytexas

    fucking shite.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    This show is great, really great

    by AsimovLives

    I'd hate to be the fool who dislikes it.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Kai

    by Tomarru

    It's nothing about the attention span, if all the characters are vapid cliches, cardboard cutouts and placeholders then there is very little to actually pay attention to. You can't develop characters by just having them rhyme off overblown speaches in the vain attempt to advance their character sufficiently enough right before they are killed off. Lets face it, the only interresting characters that they have actually tried to develop are those that are off scouring the city and actually trying to DO something. The ones back at camp are nothing more than meat waiting for their time to run out.<p> The point im trying to make is that they can make it a series about characters, but that requires you can actually create characters and write a script that draws you in. So far all they've done is use zombies as the hook for a poorly scripted soap opera.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    So, mentaldominance

    by Sicuv Uyall

    You're wife rolls her eyes just like we do when you make stupid comments. She does.. look at her next time you say something.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Tomarru... you can watch something else

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Just change it back when Breaking Bad comes on.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Time warp

    by Sicuv Uyall

    typed at 2:26 pm pacific. look at the the post time.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    God, the opening credits SUCK!!

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Just kidding. Looking for something no one nitpicked on yet.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    i see

    by Sicuv Uyall

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    time warp 2:28 pm pacific

    by Sicuv Uyall

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    2:28 pm pacific again

    by Sicuv Uyall

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    2:29 pm pacific

    by Sicuv Uyall

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    damn

    by Sicuv Uyall

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Anyone seen Afterlife?

    by Carl's hat

    Bloody good show and there are some moments in that show that'll scare the crap outta you. Haven't seen The Walking Dead yet, but Lincoln was excellent in Afterlife. It's one of those below the radar shows so boys and girls do yourself a copy and find it, watch it.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The HUGE Problem...

    by Dr.Zeus

    ....that AMC is going to face will not come from the show's quality, but from "ABC Syndrome." I'm talking about the same "fickle public" that hates everything! And particularly hates waiting on anything. It's that same mentality that killed Lost, and while I applaud AMC for doing a great show. Outta sight and outta mind for the "I want it now" crowd will surely win the day.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Quint, here's a tip...

    by millionpoundshithammer

    When conducting an interview, here's a radical, revolutionary concept you ought to try: ASK. QUESTIONS. You have to scroll halfway through the transcript until the first actual question is asked. (Well, you did ask how he was doing, but I'm not counting that one). Seriously, man. You know your stuff, but, this kind of amateurism is embarrassing, it's cringeworthy. Read some books on technique. Pay attention to how good interviewers conduct themselves. Listen to Terry Gross. AiCN should not allow you to contact anyone in the industry until you've gone into journalism 101 rehab.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Egg from This Life!

    by Lone Fox

    I had no idea it was the same actor til I saw the first episode. I don't watch TV, but I get my folks to record Walking Dead so I get to watch it when I visit every month or so. Don't care about the state of television nowadays, this show keeps me interested regardless.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Best show since Breaking Bad and 6' Under.

    by Flip63Hole

    Can't think of anything else that's ever come close. At least there's something to watch on TV...

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Why does every AICN staffer...

    by Robusto

    Have the 'i liked it before it was popular so Im cooler' attitude. Like their afraid they'll come off as lame if people think they discovered something last. Eats at me. Harry has a bad habit of name dropping so he appears he's 'in the loop'. Love the site just wish it would evolve in maturity.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    You'd have to be a total faggot

    by Shpadoinkle

    to hate this show. Seriously, some clutching at straws joyless motherfucker that I don't believe is worth the oxygen. Fuck you and go fuck your fugly mother too, the dour cunt. There is nothing better on tv. Good job Lincoln, likeable chap

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Shpadoinkle

    by thx185

    "No! I must kill the joyless motherfuckers" Shpadoinkle shouted<br><br> The radio said "No, Shpadoinkle. You are the joyless motherfucker"<br><br> And then Shpadoinkle was a zombie.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The Zombies actually "sleep" in this show

    by MooseMalloy

    Has anyone mentioned that? I find the show good but not deserving of total devotion like others find it. It has it's problems. Can anyone tell me why a large group of people would set up a camp in the outdoors as opposed to finding or building some sort of shelter from the zombies? Is that explained in the comic?

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    MooseMalloy

    by thx185

    MooseMalloy, the comic starts with them camping out outside Atlanta, like you've seen on the show. But once they move on from there after the 1st story arc, they seek and use shelter. Shelter, along with other resources, is always one of the main elements to the ongoing story.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Million

    by Quint

    Thank you so much for highlighting how I can't conduct an interview and for your brilliant pointers. Read more interviews, why didn't I think of that?<BR><BR>In all seriousness, my interviewing style is very conversational... I understand if that's not your thing, but I've been doing this for nearly 16 years, have conducted thousands of interviews and the majority of feedback is positive. Even if it wasn't, this is my job, I'm paid to do it, it's how I do it and how I'm gonna keep on doing it. Fair warning for future interviews. Not your thing? That's cool. But just because you don't like that style doesn't mean everybody else agrees with you.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    It might not be a perfect show

    by Kraven Morehead

    but i'd be interested to see what people rank ahead of it. Mad Men is several months away. Dexter is still standing but is not as strong as it once was. I know I'm missing a few but it's so much better than other crap on TV. Is it The Wire? No. But it is good.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    OK, love Lincoln even MORE now.

    by AnnoyYou

    God, he's great. What American actor would have such trenchant and intelligent things to say about his character and the series? Maybe Jon Hamm, maybe Steve Buscemi. Wow. Lincoln rules. And he's gotten better looking as he ages. Win-win all around.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    The Walking Dead.

    by halowiscious

    I just don't understand how any of you pompous ingrates can cornhole, shitbag, and generally assrape a highly unique television show like The Walking Dead just 6 episodes in. It's pretty much an experiment and so far other than The Fringe and Dexter, is the best shit on the tube right now. Nothing like this has been done before. Yeah, with Lost you had a huge show with a known beginning and finite loosely written ending. You had all sorts of writers filling in the blanks episode to episode, doing whatever the fuck they wanted, and you pretty much were on the edge of your seat because somehow the human brain really likes to be confused as fuck, and severely messed with. Yes, Lost was a pretty amazing ride, but totally failed pretty much all of the viewers with half a brain in the end. Holy shit, I wanted to kill someone after I realized what was going on. I felt like a frog in a boiling pot of water! Low key and dismal. What is really cool about The Walking Dead, is that it will open up doorways for all sorts of interesting stories that are too long to make it into movie theaters, and that need to be told in this serialized form, and can have strong language and show some pretty grisly gore. The Stand would be done properly for once. Hell, any of Stephen King's Novels would be amazing as a series. The Tommyknockers, and even The Talisman would make excellent television in an ongoing series. The Gunslinger Series would fit this mode perfectly. I think The Walking Dead is doing amazing so far, and I hope when October rolls along, that the second season steamrolls the series along with the creators of the comic until the bitter end. All of you naysayers, and sit-com watchers can lick my taint. Lets say this series catches on and goes for several seasons to a finale that makes perfect sense. The next time someone pitches another excellent storyline, maybe it will be welcomed with open arms. This series, if successful, will open many more doors for more of these sorts of stories to become available to the public. Please give it some time. If it really does result in a shitfest and a pile of unrecognizable shit, then I will lick my own taint, and that will be that.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    halowiscious...

    by Bunger!

    huzzah, and glad you cared to type that much, because I just couldn't muster the gumption or give-a-crap!

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    okay Bungholio!!

    by halowiscious

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    bunholio!!!

    by halowiscious

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I meant Bungholio.

    by halowiscious

    Yeah, and I can see that you have a really short attention span.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I meant Bungholio

    by halowiscious

    Also, I can see that you have no attention span, so that makes sense.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Hey Bunger!

    by elgato73

    Are you really a cunt or do you play one on here? At least halowiscious had something intelligent to say. You and the other fucking pieces of shit who rip this show represent everything that is wrong with fandom.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire

    by halowiscious

    will be cancelled before The Walking dead. Waiting for Rescue Me to hopefully finish the last season. I really have nothing I'm interested in watching since Fringe and Dexter will be wrapping up soon. TV is in really bad shape this winter.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Thanks Elgato73!!!

    by halowiscious

    I get shit on constantly on here. Maybe it's because I spell amazingly well, and I make sense when I write as well as when I speak.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    halowiscious

    by lostboytexas

    you stupid bastard

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    halowiscious, re: Glenn

    by Immortal_Fish

    Remember when Glen was mapping out his plans on a dry erase board to such extent it urged his companions to ask what he did before the outbreak? Remember when he said he delivered pizzas and his companions (Rick and T-Square, I believe), kinda shrugged it off as plausible on realization? A neat little plot point, it was.<P>Remember how that took place during the same episode when the Hispanic gangbangers... I'm sorry, I mean those fine, upstanding pillars of society that only happen to fasten their plaid shirts up at the top button and only incidentally hold their pistols at 90 degrees and uncharacteristically have pot leaves tattooed onto the sides of their necks... remember when those guys built Kitt v2.0 in their chop shop under 24 hours...<P>I mean, remember when Glenn was mapping out his plans on a dry erase board to such extent it urged his companions to ask what he did before the outbreak? Back when he was doing repeat scavenging FOR WEEKS without EVER running into this do-gooder barrio? Remember when none of us bought the plausibility of it and how this reminded us all how the chronology and UTTER SENSE of this show was non-existent?<P>But some zombies ate people and that was all it took for you and others like you to stand up and salute. Enjoy.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Tee hee. Psst... Immortal_Fish

    by halowiscious

    Yes, the zombies are there to eat people. I love left4dead. I played that game a lot. I even bought the sequel. Amazing game. Loved it. I love all things zombie, but there has to be more to the story than just survival. If the comic just showed weekly zombie skirmishes and escapes, I would not have read the entire series up to issue 79. The thing is, maybe imagine a Jaws television series. Imagine perhaps a U.F.O invasion series based on a hit novel, or graphic novel or comic. You can throw in whatever you want as a genre or monster, or whatever. Maybe even a fucking Stargate. There has to be some sort of character development, and heart wrenching deaths, and maybe even some love story bullshit thrown in there as well. Perhaps some of the writers that Darabont fired, or maybe the one that left the show actually had written the Gangbanger geritol protector "Vatos" episode? That shit did not happen in the comic. That shit was like out of place and obviously filler. Bad filler. Kirkman would never have written something so horrid for his comic. I agree that it was a stupid idea, and most likely Darabont made the decision to do some weeding out with his writing staff after that episode. Who knows, maybe his brother-in-law wrote it. It's all about growing pains, and maybe, unless Darabont wrote that episode, I'm into watching this series for the long haul because, really, what else is left? You are all perfectly correct about Glenn. The thing is, the devotion to the comic completely resumed on the next episode when Amy dies and the camp gets attacked. I haven't watched tonight's episode yet, but I have an idea that the CDC stuff is just more filler. I really hope not, but I am going to have to reserve my judgement until season 2 resumes and we see if it gets kicked into a higher gear. I really fucking hope so. If it stays at this level, it might not get a third season. I hope that doesn't happen because I think just having this sort of thing on the air is a huge step forward for television.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Lostboylexus can eat my ass

    by halowiscious

    You really have nothing intelligent to say. BORING!!!!

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    t-bag, t-square,T-ball,tee-shirt, t-squared

    by halowiscious

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Richk HAD seen zombies before the girl

    by BadMrWonka

    even though it takes place first in the pilot, he's got his uniform already, it's clear it takes place after he sets off for Atlanta.<p> come on, Quint. tell me you just misspoke there...

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    acclimate

    by Symposium

    A very American word that. Did he really say that or did you change it from acclimatise?

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    or did you mean the first zombie he KILLED

    by BadMrWonka

    even so, I would assume the half-body lady he shoots is before the little girl, yeah? as well as the deputy he kills at the station, through the fence.

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    god, ImmortalFish is an everlasting douche

    by BadMrWonka

    just has to take a huge dump on everything anyone else enjoys....what a sad existence.

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Anyone who hates this show is a braindead shitbag

    by quantize

    fact...its fucking brilliant

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Quint would have been one of the first people to die...he's a bi

    by Bandit 37

    It's a Zombie Land fact. Also stop being a bitch when people say your write like shit because you do. I had no idea you were paid for this...by who, and in what?

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Okay,so I've watched the first 2 so far...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...but they stayed true to the books. If this is going keep running for a few years, the series is eventually going to catch up to the books, no? If the comics are up to #80 or so (I haven't read it since issue 40-ish), we're gonna get some filler in there somewhere. Obviously Darabont felt the writing was lacking - I don't know how much Kirkman actually contributes - and so, the purge of the staff. <p>I don't care for the 'Director of the Week' thing either. I'd like to see a single director for the series, or at least for each story arc. This was a concern I voiced after the pilot, which was essentially, "Yeah, the pilot was great, by what happens when Darabont goes off to do the next Stephen King adaptation?" I hope he stays as involved as he seems to be. I have high hopes for this show (TV is a vast wasteland these days), I hope it doesn't sink into the mire like so many others.<p>At least it's not on Fox - they would have pulled the plug already.

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Fish- dude, it's a big fuckin city

    by deelzbub

    very very easily could this ex-pizza delivery driver and one twenty-deep gang be scavenging the city of Atlanta and not run into each other. Glen wasn't there every fucking day anyway. What, at the most once a week?<P> Haters, silly-asses.

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Where is the Latino Survivor and his Family?

    by KryptonsLastSon

    This has been bugging me. He and his family are shown to have survived the attack on the camp, he helped bury the bodies. They are walking around before everyone heads out of camp for Atlanta. And yet, they are not shown in the convoy, not shown at the CDC, no discussion of them is had that I gathered.... Did I miss a throw away line about them not coming along? Help...

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    LOST

    by dodgethis27

    The waiting in between seasons is not what killed LOST. The fact that LOST sucked more with each new season killed LOST. First season was great though.

  • Dec. 8, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Can't wait till next year

    by HomerJay1

    In my mind, I heard Andrew Lincoln in his actual English accent... weird...