He returns for the forthcoming Comic Relief sequel.
The first teaser for the forthcoming 'Love Actually' sequel - a special short film exclusively for Comic Relief - has been launched featuring Andrew Lincoln reproducing his most iconic moment in the original movie, but this time inviting viewers to go and watch it.
Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor return for 'Red Nose Day Actually'
It was the moment that all girls wished would happen to them when Mark (Lincoln) appeared at Juliet's (Keira Knightley) door to express his undying and yet unreciprocated love in the 2003 Christmas movie, but this time his all-famous placards are expressing one thing and one thing only: 'Red Nose Day Actually'.
Fighting is all these survivors can do now.
'The Walking Dead' has left us feeling a little silly with the mid-season 6 premiere 'No Way Out'. We were feeling pretty tense after the 4-minute clip released prior to the showing which saw Abraham, Sasha and Daryl confronted by some armed bandits, but we can finally breathe a sigh of relief having seen that moment's unlikely resolution.
Daryl saves the day in 'The Walking Dead' mid-season 6 premiere
If you didn't see the clip, here's a quick recap. Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are on their way to Alexandria when a bunch of bikers known as The Saviors intercept them and demand they hand over their weapons - and, indeed, any other supplies they may have - claiming that everything now belongs to the mysterious Negan. They truly looked defeated but, as usual, Daryl had some tricks up his sleeve.
His character famously told Keira Knightley ‘to me you are perfect’, but to Lincoln he was a borderline stalker.
Love Actually is considered one of the most romantic films of all time and the scene where Andrew Lincoln’s character confesses his love for Keira Knightley is one of the movie’s most memorable moments. But 12 years on, Lincoln might just have said what we’ve all been secretly thinking, that his character is actually a bit of a stalker.
Even Andrew Lincoln thinks his Love Actually character was a bit of a stalker.
Speaking about his character Mark, Lincoln told The Wrap: “He is a stalker. That was my question to Richard Curtis, ‘Do you not think we’re sort of borderline stalker territory here?’ And he said, ‘No, no. Not with you playing it, darling. You’ll be alright.’”
The mid-series wrap up of season 6 brings a lot of drama.
It looks like that's the end of Alexandria as the eighth episode of 'The Walking Dead' - entitled 'Start To Finish' - wraps up the first half of season six and the final adventures of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company for the year.
More bloodshed in 'The Walking Dead'
As much as it was such a relief to discover that Glenn (Steven Yeun) had miraculously survived a walker ambush, unfortunately the team found themselves in need of another miracle when the walls of Alexandria became breached with the collapse of the church tower. And after that, things only went from bad to worse.
We're happy, but we're a little confused at the same time.
Well, that was a bit of an anticlimax. 'The Walking Dead' season 6 left viewers hyperventilating a few weeks ago when they apparently killed off one of the best characters in the entire show, and now we've finally got a resolution, we're a little taken aback by the banality of it.
How does Glenn survive?
All season out stress levels have been rocking back and forth; is Alexandria safe or isn't it? When will the Wolves attack next? What happened to so-and-so? And speaking of the latter, that's been the biggest topic of conversation since the episode 'Thank You' aired: What happened to Glenn?
Just when we thought we had no more nails left to bite...
With 'The Walking Dead' viewers still sore about Glenn's death in episode three, some sort of explanation, or indeed confirmation, was needed. And it turns out we're still none the wiser come episode five: 'Now'. To make matters worse, everyone is totally losing faith.
Circumstances surrounding Glenn's death are still up in the air
It seemed Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang had finally reached a safe haven at the beginning of the series in the form of Alexandria, but now the barricades have broken on that plan when the Wolves showed up and wrecked everything. They can't actually leave Alexandria without encountering the walkers and there's no word on what's happened to Glenn and the other members of his group. Episode four gave us some background on Morgan's (Lennie James) involvement in the whole series, but this is the first time since October that we've received an update on these troops' lives.
The Walking Dead just took the gore level up to 11.
Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead featured one of the most gruesome scenes of the entire series so far. Twitter sparked into life after Gareth (Andrew J. West), leader of Terminus, forced Lawrence Gilliard Jr's Bob to watch as he took a bite out of his newly amputated, charred leg.
Remember The Walking Dead season 4? Well, things just got weirder
"We didn't want to hurt you before," Gareth tells Bob, who had woken up chained to a post. "We didn't want to pull you away from your group or scare you. These are not things that we wanted to do," he added.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead: Finally, Somebody Bites Into A Charred Leg
The face of didn't disappoint and not everybody made it to the end - SPOILERS AHEAD
The Walking Dead has reached the midway point of season four and after being reunited with old foes and faced with new threats from within and outside the prison walls, the midseason finale did hold a lot of promise. When it aired on AMC last night, on Sunday, 1 December, the coming together of Rick Grimes and our new friend Brian Heriot, AKA our old enemy The Governor, did not disappoint.
Not everyone will make it to the end
Heriot, as he goes by now, has assumed the position as alpha dog of another collection of people, people in desperate need of a leader, and he has plans for war. He leads them with a rallying call, preaching to the camp, “The people who destroyed the camp I was in with Martinez, they live in a prison… We could live there,” before showing off his spoils from last week; a captured Michonne and Hershel, currently being held hostage. Tara is the only one who seems surprised by this, did he capture two people on his lonesome, with no help or weaponry? But the Gov is able to feed her some cock and bull story about how he happened to bump into them and got lucky. Whatever he's feeding the camp, Michonne and Hershel could be key to gaining access to the prison, and without bloodshed perhaps too.
The man behind the sinister Governor has spoken about what we might expect from the character now he has returned.
David Morrissey has won more than his fair share of fans for playing everyone's favorite character to hate on AMC's The Walking Dead. Last week, in the dying seconds of episode five (season four), we got our first glimpse of the returning Gov. and this week the entire episode was dedicated to the time he's spent between now and the end of season three, but we're still no closer to knowing what he wants.
The Governor and Rick will face off once again
Sitting down to speak with Rolling Stone, Morrissey digressed on what his character has been through and what he might want now that he is back in the frame in the series. Although unwilling to give too much away, Morrissey did give indications - similar to what we saw in last night's episode - that The Gov. may return as a changed man.
The biggest threat on last night's episode was the flu, not the zombie virus, however the biggest treat of the night was kept until the end
In the latest episode of The Walking Dead, titled 'Internment,' it wasn't just the zombies threatening harmony within the prison walls as a deadly outbreak of influenza was seriously affecting much of the group and tensions were beginning to mount. There was also a huge surprise in store for us as we reached the end of the episode, as we saw the shadowy return of a former favourite. The rest of this story contains spoilers.
The Walking Dead is back on track thanks to 'Internment'
The first thing we notice in 'Internment' is just how many sick people are draining the prisons' supplies from within the quarantine zone. With their numbers rising quick, its up to Hershel to work over time and ensure that he can save as many people as possible. But even for a guy with the patience of a saint, his wits are being run thin as the casualty numbers continue to rise and their conditions only seem to get worse. When we see our first flu-caused fatality die in Glenn's care, all whilst Glenn is having a coughing fit, we get to see just how serious things are. Things got even more worse when the deceased flu victims began to rewake as zombies (naturally) and climbed from their cells into the sick bay, making more zombies and placing Hershel and Glenn in grave danger.
There were some real horror moments in the latest episode of the AMC series as things began to get lively again
'Internment' is the latest episode of the Walking Dead and in a season where thrills and shocks were becoming more scarce in favour of pretty depressing story lines, episode five of the latest season was a much-needed shot in the arm. Twists were met with new shocks as 'Internment' and near-misses were met with genuine walker threats, and what's more,t here was a great little twist to cap off the episode. The rest of this article contains spoilers.
The series is back on track after last nights episode
The first thing we notice in 'Internment' is just how many sick people there are and how quickly their numbers are rising. Hershel is working over time to make sure that he can save as many people as possible, but even his patience is being run thin as the casualty numbers continue to rise due to the flu infecting the prison. Our first casualty occurred when one mof the guys Glenn was seeing to died right when Glenn was having a coughing fit, which wasn't too convenient to say the least. Things got even more inconvenient though when the deceased flu victims began to rewake as zombies and climbed from their cells into the sick bay, making more zombies and placing Hershel in grave danger.
We waved goodbye to a central character in the latest edition of the AMC series, but we might not have seen the last of them
Over the course of the past three seasons, we've waved goodbye to a number of important Walking Dead characters in unforgiving circumstances, but on the latest episode of the zombie drama, titled 'Indifference,' there was a much more civil goodbye from one of the less civil individuals. Their deeds and eventual banishing from the prison commune inevitably took up most of the episode, as we also discovered a little more about the remaining cast. The rest of this article contains spoilers.
Season four is well under way now
When we first met Carol, she was a frightened, deer in the headlights-type of girl whose survival often came into question. By the time she was cast out of the prison by Rick, she had developed into someone numb to violence or fear, someone willing to do what was needed when faced with danger. We found out this week that she didn't give a second thought to murdering Karen or David, as she told Rick that she did what she believed was essential for the well-being of the rest of the community.
They say watching television eats your brain...
This year's Halloween weekend's television is the stuff of a horror fan's dreams as scores of zombies prepare to invade our sets from ABC to NBC. Breaking Bad might have given us the year's most popular party outfits but the weekend's TV listings are peppered with the ever-popular presence of the shuffling undead.
Zombies! 'The Walking Dead' Has Helped Cement The Popularity Of Our Favourite Brain-Eaters.
From a zombie-themed wedding on SyFy's Naked Vegas (Oct. 29, 10 pm) to the haunting presence of the French dead on The Returned (Oct. 31, 9 pm), the resurrected corpses are out in full force this year. Syfy's scary movie will be Zombie Night, aired on Saturday at 9pm whilst The Walking Dead will continue on Sunday at 9pm on AMC.
Continue reading: Halloween Weekend TV Stalked By Zombies: What Are You Gonna Watch?
The zombie thriller carries on its record breaking viewership
The Walking Dead has always been a ratings winner for AMC. Seasons 1-3 have been a great success for the network, which has boasted Breaking Bad and Mad Men over the past fix years, but season 4’s premiere has topped it all with 16.1 million fans tuning in to see how Rick Grimes can protect his even larger group.
Rick Grimes had plenty to think about in the opening episode of season 4
If Nielsen are to be believed – and they are – The Walking Dead received the highest rating across all U.S programing on Sunday night. This includes NBC's NFL "Sunday Night Football" game, which usually draws the largest viewership in the 18-49 demographic.
The Walking Dead season 4 episode 1 began with calm, though quickly moved into chaos.
All was calm in the prison community during The Walking Dead season 4, episode 1, which aired on AMC on Sunday night (October 14, 2013) to fill the Breaking Bad sized hole in the networks' schedule.
Rick Grimes Takes Time Out From His Gardening To Chat With The Walkers
The long struggle between the suvivor's of the Governor's Woodbury and Rick's hastily put together prison community is now over and the survivors are trying to create structure. There's a nice little garden, a decision making council, some farm animals and communal meals.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 1: Sick As A Pig
AMC's hit flesh eating series returned last night to inject some zombie-shaped goodness into the hole left by the 'Breaking Bad' finale
The Walking Dead season four premiered on AMC on Sunday, 13 October, night and with this return there was an eerie calm over the people, as a sense of togetherness has developed over the period between the end of season three and here. As the title suggests, walkers have been scarce in numbers and devious characters have been keeping to themselves, but as detailed in our season four preview, there will be a whole new threat to the characters this season, one that is only just about to rear it's ugly head. The rest of this article contains spoilers.
What could be i store for the characters this season?
The Woodbury people are still hemmed in at the prison and we see Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in the yard tending to his crops, zombies clawing at him from the other side of the gate. Finding a gun in the ground during his work, he tosses it aside like yesterday's newspaper. Still the same old Grimes. When Carl (Chandler Riggs) comes out to see his dad, who is this time tending to the prison yard pigs farm, Rick warns him not to name the pigs (Carl notices that "Violet" looks sick) as they are food.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead Returns: '30 Days Without An Accident' Episode Recap
Will you be watching?
The Walking Dead is coming back on air this evening. We’ll give you a moment to contain your excitement. Ok, moment over. The series is back for another eight-week run, in what has been dubbed its “scariest season yet.” On the other hand, some news outlets are predicting a quieter, less action packed season ahead.
Andrew Lincoln's character is set for yet more power struggles this year.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the writers of TWD have chosen to go for a more low-key mood in the first few episodes. After the climactic ending of the last season, the defeat of the maniacal Governor and, of course, Andrea’s demise, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the rest of the survivors are due for some rest and so are the viewers, who were treated to an emotional spectacle at the end of last season, not to mention the culmination of a story arc that had been building for almost two seasons.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead Gearing Up For A Low-Key Season Premiere
Andrew Lincoln was a surprise casting as Rick Grimes, though he's more than proved his worth.
The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln was living a pretty stress free life in Britain. After graduating from the super-competitive Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he landed a part in the BBC series This is Life before going on to split his time between television, theater and movies.
Andrew Lincoln Beat 100 Rivals To 'The Walking Dead' Lead
After the success of Channel 4's Teachers, Lincoln had a solid reputation - in British acting circles at least - and a handful of movies followed, including the smash hit romantic comedy Love Actually. Though the 40-year-old was in work, he'd hardly set the screen alight.
Rick has new people to worry about as a new threat looms
Having kicked off as an all-out zombie drama, where survival was key at all costs and the most enjoyable scenes featured at least a mauling or two, if not the death of a main character, The Walking Dead has evolved into a fully fledged character drama over three seasons.
What should I do to them? Grimes thinks, and probably should say
And ahead of season four, which premieres this Sunday (Oct13) on AMC, the character responsible for the biggest arc – a certain Rick Grimes – is set to herd his sheep through a maze of greedy, barbaric humans and non-sentient zombies looking for their next meal of human flesh.
Spoilers ahead, you have been warned.
Fear not, grieving Breaking Bad fan, because there’s nothing like saying goodbye to your favorite TV show then welcoming the new one you really quite like. Flesh-guzzling zombies, The Governor and the must-talked-about ‘new threat' loom in season four of The Walking Dead: take a look at this sneak peak now.
The guys are back to thrill and shock us - not Andrea or Lori or T, though: they're all dead.
Continue reading: 'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Sneak Peak - Excited Much?
Minor spoilers ahead, so, you've been warned.
In a world in which HBO are the darlings of the boxset generation, AMC represent the plucky underdog. They’ve got Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead up their sleeve, and they’re not afraid to milk them. First came Better Call Saul, now we’ll have a whole new wave of Zombie survivors as a Walking Dead spin off series has been confirmed.
Andrew Lincoln is back as Rick Grimes
With season four ready to return in October, we’ll finally get to see how the new prison inhabitants settle in, and just what The Governor has planned now that he’s gone ‘full on crazy’ and ‘mental’. So far, Robert Kirkman’s creation has included many of the characters brought to life by his comic book series, although it’s unclear if any of those characters – or indeed the ones we know and love – are set to feature in the spin off.
'The Walking Dead' has inspired a spin-off series, due to reach our screens in 2015. AMC, the show's network is working alongside the creator -and comic book author- of the popular series to "create a new corner of The Walking Dead Universe."
The Walking Dead will have a companion as AMC intends to "Spread the Dead". In a press release, issued on Monday 16th September, the network announced they will be developing a separate series involving Robert Kirkman, comic book author and creator of The Walking Dead.
Andrew Lincoln at the premiere of The Walking Dead's third season in L.A.
The Walking Dead chronicles the life of police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as he attempts to survive and protect his family during a zombie apocalypse. The show also stars Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (Silent Hill) and new-comers Steven Yeun and Chandler Riggs.
Continue reading: AMC Will "Spread The Dead" By Expanding 'The Walking Dead' Universe
AMC is cashing in on the ever increasing popularity of 'The Walking Dead' with a brand new spin-off.
Much like the zombie plague, the appeal of The Walking Dead is unstoppable, as AMC is now set to expand its undead universe into a spin-off show. The new series will be set in another pocked of TWD universe, with completely separate characters and storylines. Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book series that the show is based on, will executive produce the new show, alongside series EPs Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.
It looks like the new series will not feature everyone's favorite Deputy Rick Grimes.
The as of yet unnamed project is geared for a 2015 premiere, but besides this, there has been precious little information released by AMC and Kirkman himself. The writer/executive producer expressed his excitement about the new creative endeavor in a statement, quoted by Newsarama.
Enroll in 'The Walking Dead' course now, and make it one day longer in hell.
How many days could you survive a zombie apocalypse? Seven? ‘Forty three’? No – you’re wrong. You all think you could survive for ages, but that’s because never been attacked by something intent on ripping your brain out and throating it whole – no sautéing or anything.
Yeah, books sold at a ridiculous a markup on some geek site might claim to have all the tools you need for survival - cut your hair so it can’t get grabbed (thanks Lee), for example – but what you really need is an official course.
Continue reading: Love 'The Walking Dead'? Then Take The Course, Idiot
It seems 'The Walking Dead's' Andrew Lincoln hasn't been affected by the celebrity complex.
Some actors enjoy watching the fruits of their labour – to see where they can improve or just out of vanity – but not Andrew Lincoln. It’s no secret that the actor, who rose to prominence playing Sheriff Rick Grimes on AMC’s gory, but entertaining The Walking Dead, doesn’t watch the show. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained exactly why that is. “The original reason is the fact that I don’t actually enjoy looking at myself,” Lincoln said.
While filming might be the best bit, Lincoln has mostly been busy with promotion lately.
He continued, explaining that he can’t stop himself from criticizing all the little pieces that could have been done differently – like most great artists, probably.
Walking Dead spoilers ahead, beware.
There’s a lot of brilliant TV hitting our screens very soon; we’re a lucky bunch. With Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead all returning in August, September and October, it promises to be a monumental Fall for TV dramas.
The latter – the zombie thriller spearheaded by Andrew Lincoln – provides something a little different. As well as the high drama, sometimes expertly written in to the show, the pure visceral thrill of the apocalypse has given a real edge to ACM’s programming, not to mention ‘Sundays’.
So far, the predictions are as far-fetched as reporter's imaginations can go.
Advance planning for “Man of Steel 2” is well underway and that can only mean one thing – Warner Bross and DC are looking for their next Batman. Sure, they could have teamed up Kale-El with, say, Wonder Woman for their next step towards the franchise to end all franchises – Justice League. As it stands, though, the list of contenders is largely male, white and around the age of 40.
Predictions abound as to Henry Cavill's co-star in Man of Steel 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, quite a few actors have been considered for the part – from Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles and The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln (could you imagine Rick Grimes as Superman?) to trending names such as Ryan Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. More outlandish rumors have even pegged Simon Pegg (ha!) and Daniel Dae Kim as being in the running. As of yet, however, no one is actually in the running.
Is it really 'About Time' for rom-com king Richard Curtis, responsible for 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually', to bow out?
Master of the romantic comedy genre, Richard Curtis, who helped bring us some of Britain's best-loved romance films of the last three decades has said that he thinks upcoming film About Time will be his last.
The thrice BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated director has tole Empire magazine, as reported by The Independent, that "[About Time] probably will be the last film I will direct." The 56 year-old filmmaker admitted he himself wasn't sure why he wanted to bow out, saying "I don't know. Just a feeling...just a feeling. It feels like a summing-up to me. We'll see how things turn out."
Richard Curtis Thinks About Time Will Be His Swansong.
Fan's wait patiently for the new season, and this 4.5 min trailer should keep them happy.
In the extended Walking Dead Season 4 trailer, let loose at Comic-Con 2013, we see a more hardened version of the survivors we’ve come to know and love. And as David Morrissey explained to io9, there’s a whole new threat to be wary of. From the trailer, we can deduce that the group (or probably Rick) decided that staying at the prison was best; they’ve built a farm and even have little piglets.
The opening scene sees Daryl using all his experience. “Just give it another second,” he says knowingly, presumably drawing walkers to him so they can loot wherever they’re residing. But how long can this last? Eventually, and we can only assume this is The Governor’s work, the group’s safety is compromised by someone feeding walkers near the gates, and attacking cell blocks.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead Season 4 Trailer - "Manageable, But Not For Long"
The hit AMC zombie series was one of the stand-out panels at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International
The Walking Dead will return to AMC on Sunday 13 October at 9 p.m. - the shows crew and cast revealed to a packed out Hall H at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International. The show's panel was one of the most popular throughout the whole weekend and with a host of treats lined up for fans, including the official release date of the much-anticipated four season, it also proved to be one of the most enjoyable panels of the weekend too.
The stars revealed more in San Diego than they did at the New York Comic Con
New showrunner Scott M. Gimple made his debut appearance with the rest of the Walking Dead crew on the panel, which included the comic book series creator Robert Kirkman, executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Sarah Wayne Callies as well as stars Andrew Lincoln, Lennie James, David Morrissey, Norman Reedus and more. Whilst there, the panel discussed the divisive season three, the complexities of their characters and where the next season might be heading, but made sure not to give away too much information about the zombie drama's next steps.
The Comic-Con panel got fans even more excited for the series opener, which is sadly still three months away.
AMC’s The Walking Dead resumes with its fourth season premiere on October 13 and everyone involved with the post-apocalyptic show has been promising a bigger, darker storyline than any of the ones we’ve seen before – at least on-screen. Those expectations were confirmed during the Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con, as executive producer Robert Kirkman and brand new showrunner Scott Gimple, not only announced the show’s return date for Season 4, but also teased (very sparingly) some of the upcoming action. Kirkman, who also wrote and created the original comic book, has been trying to juggle the two separate timelines and keep them both thrilling for fans, since the show first launched. According to the L.A. Times, he explained at the panel that he tries to keep the show, which is about two years behind on the timeline from the comic book story, fresh, exciting and unpredictable, so that even avid followers of the original Walking Dead story can find excitement in the adaptation.
Rick Grimes' group is once again under threat, from within this time.
While we are doing the television show and the comic book concurrently, the characters that are in the comic book series have existed, in some cases, one or two years on the timeline more than the characters from the television show," he said in an interview at Comic-Con. "So the Rick Grimes in the comic book is vastly different from the Rick Grimes in the television show. It's very easy to keep them both separate,” he said at Comic-Con for USA Today.
Comic-Con is one of the entertainment highlights of the year, though what's on offer for 2013?
Geeks of the world unite, for San Diego Comic Con 2013 is finally here. The cast and creators of your favorite cult television shows and movies are descending on the Californian city to tease new series', reveal casting details and give away tons of free stuff.
This place is like Glastonbury - it's impossible for you to see everything you want to see - so you're just gonna have to accept the inevitable clashes and focus on our Top 10 events that you really don't want to miss.
Continue reading: Comic-Con 2013: 10 Things You Really Don't Want To Miss
We take a look back at season three, and look towards season four
For many, season three of The Walking Dead ended disappointingly. Early threats of ‘war is coming’ died down and with a damp squib, the run petered out with many of the conflicts and plot lines intact. Perfect for those who enjoy the moody exchanges between Rick and The Governor, but the season’s denouement did little for the show’s progression.
It wouldn’t be fair to judge season three entirely on its own merits, though – season four is looking like it’ll have a profound effect on peoples’ opinions on the last.
The Walking Dead fans get into the swing of things
AMC’s The Walking Dead - starring Andrew Lincoln - has been renewed for a further season, meaning there will be at least one more to look forward to. The mid-season finale of the zombie thriller didn’t disappoint in terms of ratings, much like the previous episodes before it. The studio has also announced that showrunner Glen Mazzara is to leave the show
Here's the statement:
“Today, AMC announces the season 4 pick-up of The Walking Dead.
Continue reading: Zombie Fans Rejoice: Walking Dead Season 4 Is A Go!
The Walking Dead midseason finale on Sunday (Dec 2, 2012) further enforced AMC's popular zombie drama/thriller as one of the most successful shows on television today, with a massive 10.5 million viewers tuning in, only to be left with an un-dead like appetite for more.
This might not mean much to you 18-49 year-olds, but you; you're part of a key demographic. TV networks love you, and 6.9m of you have been watching The Walking Dead, which makes them very happy. We can't imagine many 50 year olds watching the sometimes gruesome drama, so we can only surmise that you under 18's are filling up on some pretty dark stuff. The impressive figures from Sunday's cliff-hanger were slightly less than October's third-season premiere but up 58 percent compared with season two's midseason finale. In fact, October's premiere scored 10.9 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated episode in series history, up more than 50 percent from its record-breaking season two premiere.
"Representing both the studio and the network as AMC does on this project, I speak for so many when I say 'thank you and congratulations' to everyone involved," AMC presidentCharlie Collier said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The records that The Walking Dead shattered today represent an enormous achievement of which we are so proud."
Sunday night's episode of 'The Walking Dead' was entitled 'Sick' - so we pretty much knew what we were in for. The second instalment of season three picked up after the premiere's abrupt cliff-hanger that saw Hershel bitten by a zombie, leading Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to perform an amateur leg amputation on the floor of the prison cafeteria. Nice.
In the concluding moments of that episode, the group discovered five mysterious figures hiding in the back of the room: more survivors. With both parties understandably cautious, guns were drawn, though Rick managed to calm the situation and convince the survivors that there are no hospitals, no cell phones and no national guard to help. Though it was a thrilling episode, we were left a little deflated by the lack of David Morrissey. The British star has signed on to play The Governor in the new series (a character considered one of the greatest comic book villains of all time) though is yet to appear. Show creator Robert Kirkman attempted to clear up the situation when speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, explaining, "People know that he's coming and that's something that's going to cause quite a bit of tension as viewers watch the episodes: When is he appearing, when is this going to happen? We've had a lot of fun teasing that and delaying that reveal but I will say we're not going to be torturing people for too long."
Though we're still waiting on episode two's ratings; the season premiere of The Walking Dead delivered a phenomenal 10.9 million viewers.
After such favourable preview responses, it's no surprise that Walking Dead season 3 absolutely smashed rating records, beating itself last year - ratings for which rose 50% on 2011 - and all other premieres of this fall so far. According to E!Online the total number of viewers, including the later showing at 12am, rose to a high of 15.2million.
Charlie Collier, president of the network that broadcasts The Walking Dead - starring Andrew Lincoln, said: "Thank you to the fans for making The Walking Dead such a tremendous success. We are honored and humbled that television's largest adult audience resides on AMC." He spoke of all the hard work that goes into making something so successful, saying: "So many people on both sides of the camera worked tirelessly on this project, and I thank and congratulate each of them for their amazing contribution.”
Even with such an extraordinary number of people tuning in, there could have been more yet. Sadly Dish Network, an American cable TV provider, is embroiled with an ongoing dispute with AMC and so none of Dish's subscribers could check in at all. AMC tried to make it available to stream online for Dish subscribers, but the site crashed due to an overwhelming rate of traffic.
The season premiere of "The Walking Dead" comes with a number of surprises, as Rick Grimes' group of survivors battle their way into an old maximum security prison and clear it out to set up camp inside. The gang have to fight an army of zombies to get through the prison yard. They separate into teams, with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) sniping out the walkers, Rick running to close the gates and cut off their entrance and the rest of the group fighting from behind the fences. Gore ensues, in typical series fashion. The fight is a tense one, but the gang manage to secure the prison yard in the end. There's no time to rest though, as the rest of the prison still awaits, supposedly holding supplies of food, ammo and medicine, oh goodie! In a twist that comes as no surprise to fans of the original comics, the walkers aren't the only challenge the survivors have to face in this episode.
The episode also features an appearance by the mystery hunter, who saved Andrea and is seen again kicking some serious zombie tail.
Meanwhile, Rick's group go forth to secure a larger area of the prison. They get separated by a heard of walkers at one point, leaving Maggie and Glenn all alone to protect themselves. Finally, the team manage to come back together, but not before Hershel gets himself bitten by what he thought was a dead body. The episode's final twist comes in the form of Rick chopping off Hershel's leg to save him from infection. Whether or not Hershel will survive, still remains to be seen in next week's episode.
The Walking Dead is readying itself for series 3, which will hit screens later this month, and one thing is for sure is that there wont be any shortage of gore, guts and glory. So, for those who still can't wait any longer even though the airing date is looming ever closer, here's a few mini-spoilers of what can be expected for season 3.
First off the bat, will be the introduction of Michonne, who was first brought in to the show during the shocking finale of series 2. Michonne, played by Danai Gurira, will have her character dissected and background laid out for all to see, and whether she will prove to be an ally to Jack and the rest of the survivors from series 1 will have to be seen.
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But a little oddness is forgivable: Directing a movie is a strange place for Richard Curtis, who's written umpteen Brit-friendly movies and TV shows over the years but hasn't directed one, until now.
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