“The Walking Dead” may still be in production for the new season, but news comes out of the walker camp every week, and this week we saw Rick’s dearly departed Lori as a walker, rumors of a new villain, and Norman Reedus releases a photography book, like anyone needed another reason to love him.
The Stir dished on the possibility of a new villain that would make the Governor look like Mary Poppins. “Negan” is a very bad guy from the books who carries a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. And names it “Lucille.” Is anyone else mentally visualizing some ironic Kenny Rogers’ music somewhere in an episode?
We knew he loved Instagram, but Reedus’ limited edition photo book, “The Sun’s Coming Up… Like A Big Bald Head,” is available for pre-order. The PR line is that “This provocative collection redefines our daily encounters. Through his penetrating imagery, Reedus takes us on what proves to be a hauntingly intimate journey through the dark and sublime.”
But co-star Andrew Lincoln had a few words of his own, according to the official Big Bald Head website of his production company:
“Every photograph is in some way autobiographical, as its composition and content all depend on the eye and the mind of the taker. But I would suggest not attempting this with these images.
I first met Norman on a blistering hot Georgia day four years ago. I have been trying to pin him down ever since and he has constantly eluded me. He is one of those rare human beings (if indeed he is one), that continues to surprise you the more you get to know him…
“I had never met a Norman until Mr. Reedus appeared in my zombie apocalypse. He was my first Norman after 39 years on this planet. And so, as Barry White so eloquently put it…Norman is, ‘my first, my last, my everything.’”
Sounds like Lincoln and Reedus might be spending a wee bit too much quality time on set. Bromance, anyone?
But then, poor Andrew/Rick must be feeling pretty lonely without wifey anymore after she got infected and had to be dispatched by little Carl last season with a bullet to the noggin. Rick spent last season hallucinating her return, and now we see that he was seeing a bit more than we were, via some deleted scenes that will be on the upcoming DVD. No wonder he was so spooked. Although some show fans would argue the non-walker version was scary enough.
Y’all can be so catty sometimes.
Another promo for the next season of “The Walking Dead” is making the rounds, thanks to Entertainment Weekly. Seems everyone’s favorite poncho-wearing, crossbow-shooting redneck has added a new accessory to his post-apocalypse fashion statement — a bandana.
We’re not sure why Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) might want to cover his face from zombies, unless the gas of decomposition is getting to be a bit much with all those dead stumbling around. More puzzling is why they would cover Reedus’ face, as he has become sort of the “Walking Dead” poster boy for all the ladies watching.
Sex sells, Gale Ann Hurd. To men and women. Just sayin’.
But here’s Daryl going incognito on the shooting set for the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead.”
Huffington Post posted a great, long interview with Michael Rooker, aka Merle Dixon on “The Walking Dead,” or formerly of TWD as he became a zombie and was killed by his brother last season. But you know we still love him, as we “genre” fans embrace you for life once you’ve made your mark with us.
I had forgotten about his role in “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” which he reveals was his first role, and talks about his method acting technique for the role in this clip. He was seriously disturbing in that movie if you haven’t seen it.
He also talks about his love of horror and some of his other roles in horror, including movies like “The Dark Half” and “Slither.” He doesn’t even mention “Mississippi Burning,” where he had a rather notorious run-in with Gene Hackman.
So anyway, check out this great interview and watch Rooker mess with the Huff Post guy. Priceless. Can’t we bring him back to “The Walking Dead?” Please?
As reported here last week, now everyone is picking up the spoiler about Merle biting the dust, and it looks like it will be this Sunday’s episode, “This Sorrowful Life,” rather than the season finale. The only thing that remains somewhat of a mystery is the how and what will happen to him after he turns, but you don’t really expect me not to have spoilers on that as well, do you?
If you don’t want to know, don’t read on.
It looks like Merle will go out a hero, or trying to be a hero, anyway. With the looming deal to hand over Michonne to The Governor to try to avoid a war between Woodbury and the prison, Merle is off to deliver her, but ends up cutting her loose, with the idea of taking the bull by the horns, so to speak, and taking out The Gov.
As bad ass as Merle is, he will fail.
And we all know what happens to those who die, if a bullet isn’t put through their brain. So yes, Merle will turn and some one will take him out. Given the history of the show, and bearing in mind what would make the most gut-wrenching death scene, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that his brother, Daryl, is likely the one who has to put him down. Andrea killed her sister, and Carl shot his own mother in the head, so Daryl won’t be spared. But, unlike those two who rather calmly did what had to be done, tough guy Daryl won’t take it so well, from what the spoilers are saying.
That’s a nice way of telling you you better have those Kleenex handy, guys. ‘Cause people are divided on most characters on this show, but everyone freakin’ loves Daryl. Everyone.
Speaking of love, it doesn’t exactly take a genius to figure out the wedding part of the article must be Glenn and Maggie, who make things official in this episode, at least as far as an engagement. Now, this will be a test of the writers for the show, not to make this a cheap, melodramatic moment, but a touch of hope in such a bleak landscape. Let’s hope they pull it off.
If it doesn’t happen tonight, we have positive confirmation on one major character who will die this season, or at least be turned to a walker. It’s confirmed by a photo of the character as a zombie, so there is no disputing it — all that remains to be determined is if he is put down and if so, by whom.
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