Q: Ming chose you for who he’d want on his team during a zombie apocalypse. What kind of skills would you bring to the table?
A: I’ve got an arsenal in my house. It’s kind of funny. My children are into martial arts, so they’re dealing with nunchucks and swords. We’ve bought them actual swords. In my wife’s car, she’s got a complete set of emergency flares, road signs and everything she needs. I also put in a machete, just in case.
Q: Hey, you never know when you’ll need a machete, right?
A: Exactly! The one thing that’s most important is I have a plan. I’m the kind of guy who likes to think about stuff before it happens. I’d rather have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it. We were caught in Hurricane Sandy and we weren’t prepared for everything. Now I’ve got an emergency preparation plan that can pretty much be used for almost any situation. It’s not necessarily a zombie apocalypse plan, but it can be used for that. It’s fun to think about it.
Q: If you had to pick any superhero to back you during an apocalypse, who would it be and why?
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Q: You were a newcomer to Hell on Wheels last season. What has surprised you the most about being on the show so far?
A: I’ve never worked on a Western. It’s a very specific genre. How well everything was written and the quality of production was a good surprise.
Q: You’re now in your second season of playing Louise Ellison. What kinds of things has your character taught you about women during the 19th century?
A: I actually really love playing women in period because there’s so many social constraints that are driving these characters, but underneath all that is the same kind of humanity and human nature that we all have, no matter the time period. Women in particular were expected to behave and act a certain way and keep everything buttoned up. To play a woman who doesn’t really exist within any of those confines was great. Her job as a reporter is very much in a man’s world, as well as her liberal mind in her personal life. Knowing that she worked in this real hard-nosed profession isn’t too far off from the way women have to compete now.
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This Halloween, it’s haunt or be haunted, and ShopTheWalkingDead.com has everything you need to go out and stalk the living. To honor the most frightening month of the year and celebrate the return of Season 5, the official The Walking Dead store is stocked with gory gear, party paraphernalia and character costumes. Items include Walker wear, a Rick Grimes costume bundle, Walker costume makeup and Zombie masks. To prepare you for your Halloween bash, you can also pick up pint glasses, decorations, video games and even a dartboard.
Click here to visit The Walking Dead Official Store.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
Q: Season 5 opens up with Rick gagged and bound. Having gone through a day (or more) of shooting like that, what tricks did you come up with to stay sane?
A: To stay sane? Rick’s not sane. We’re in a very dark, dangerous place. When we shot that opening sequence with the throat slit, it was so realistic and horrific.
Q: You’ve referred to the premiere as the most action-intense episode yet. Did you undergo any additional training to prepare for it?
A: We just turned up for work and within a couple of days of filming it, we felt like we hadn’t stopped filming since last season. The first time we had the table read, everybody was absolutely thrilled and terrified. We hit the ground running and it was fun. It’s an amazing, violent Escape from New York, but with zombies. This was not an episode where anybody had time to ease in. We just went for it. I think, as a result, it’s incredible. It’s got everything in it.
Q: You’ve mentioned before hating Woodbury, but loving the prison. How do you feel about Terminus?
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This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately after The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2, “Strangers.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be Tyreese himself — actor Chad L. Coleman — and Breaking Bad‘s Matt Jones (Badger). They’ll be taking questions live during the broadcast, so log on to TalkingDead.com now to submit your queries. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer real-time questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time!
Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.
Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead premiere at 9/8c on AMC.
Want more Talking Dead? Watch these exclusive video highlights and a bonus segment from the latest episode, featuring Chris Hardwick and guests Greg Nicotero, Scott M. Gimple and Conan O’Brien.
Talking Dead: Highlights: Episode 501: Conan’s Survivability
After a live fan vote at amc.com/playdead, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Chris Hardwick discuss whether Conan could survive the apocalypse.
Talking Dead: Bonus Scene: Episode 501
Greg Nicotero shares the process behind creating the explosion featured during The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere; Conan O’Brien chooses one character he’d hook up with during the apocalypse; while Scott Gimple shares his thoughts on Gareth’s morale.
Click here to see photos from this week’s episode of Talking Dead.
An all-new episode of Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead on AMC.
Want to attend the Season 6 Premiere in Los Angeles with your friends? AMC is giving you that chance with the Dead Carpet Sweepstakes. Entering is easy: Just tune in to The Walking Dead broadcast every Sunday night at 9/8c, and watch for two code words revealed during the commercial breaks. At the end of the episode, go to amc.com/deadcarpet to submit the code words and enter the sweepstakes. Each week, one lucky winner will receive a The Walking Dead Pro Pinball Machine by Stern Pinball. Then, at the end of the Sweepstakes period on Mon., Dec. 1, there will be 1 grand prize random drawing from all eligible entries received throughout all of the entry periods. The grand prize winner and three guests will be picked to go to next season’s Los Angeles red carpet premiere, where they’ll meet the show’s cast. Round-trip airfare, a two night hotel stay and $500 cash are included. (Please note: The entry period each week closes Mondays at 6AM ET.)
Didn’t win the first week? Don’t worry! A new winner is chosen every Sunday throughout the first half of Season 5.
The Walking Dead returns this Sunday October 12 9/8c on AMC.
AMC is counting down to The Walking Dead premiere in a uniquely undead way, and residents of New York City and Los Angeles are invited to join the countdown. Beginning today, Thursday, October 9, fans visiting the Times Square pedestrian plaza (located at Broadway and 42nd St) in New York City and the corner of Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles will catch sight of an oversized walker hand. With every day that passes, the hand will lose a finger until there are no fingers left and it’s time to tune in to the Sunday premiere on AMC. If you’re planning to check it out, keep on the lookout for stray walkers that will be roaming the area.
The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 12 9/8c on AMC.
Q: How would you describe Sidney Snow in one word?
A: Snake-charmer. I think he’s a charming sociopath freed from the shackles of a conscience. [Laughs]
Q: What was your first day on set like? Was it intimidating to join the cast of a show that’s already in its fourth season?
A: Well, sometimes it can be, and I’ve definitely had that experience before. But from the moment I got the job – I think about five minutes after my agent called and told me I got the job – Anson [Mount] called my cell phone and said, “Hey, I want to welcome you to the family. I hope you like rehearsing. We have barbeques every weekend out here, we’re so happy to have you, and we can’t wait to meet you in person.” I couldn’t have felt more welcomed. It was just great.
Q: Talk about the scene at the beginning of Episode 405, “Life’s a Mystery,” when we first meet Sidney. Was it unsettling to film with your head in a noose?
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Q: What can fans expect during the upcoming season of Comic Book Men?
A: This year, we find our niche. We let our geek flag fly. In the past, we held back a little because we wondered if anyone would understand who or what we’re talking about, but this season, we went for it. There are a lot of guest stars including DMC from Run DMC, which was awesome for me. My jaw hit the ground. He had some amazing stories about selling comic books to buy his turntables. Stuff like that is heaven to me.
Q: Is there a moment from the first 3 seasons that made you laugh out loud?
A: The beauty of the show is you get to see me laugh out loud during the podcast sequences. There have definitely been moments, like the Trivia Chew-Off we did last year, I thought were really hysterical. Walt has some crazy one-liners and when the boys sit around the store, that’s the stuff that makes me laugh the hardest. To be fair, they’re all my friends. I’ve found them funny for years.
Q: Any plans to live-tweet this season? What do you enjoy most about interacting with fans in real time?
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