What’s better than an all-new episode of The Walking Dead? How about an all-new episode preceded by five-and-a-half hours of all the previous ones? That’s right: On Sun., Dec. 5 starting at 4:30/3:30c, AMC will air the entire first season of The Walking Dead, culminating with the Season Finale at 10/9c. If you haven’t yet seen what Entertainment Weekly is calling the “Best New Show on TV,” here’s your chance to see the show in full in one sitting. (And if you’ve been following the series from the start, you know you’ll want to relive every undead moment.)
The shootout that leads to Rick’s coma, the hordes of walkers in Atlanta, the abandonment of Merle, the undead attack at the camp, the survivors’ treacherous journey to the CDC… It’s all happening on Sun., Dec. 5 at 4:30/3:30c, followed immediately by the Season Finale at 10/9c.
The actress describes the sisterly bond she formed with Emma Bell (Amy), the similarities between herself and Andrea and how Michael Jackson helps her relieve stress after a long day of shooting.
Q: I understand that you and Emma Bell, who played your sister, became very close on-set. Did that make Amy’s death easier or harder to portray?
A: From the moment we met, we got along like a house on fire. I always wanted a little sister and she always wanted a big sister so we kind of adopted each other. And we did everything off set together. We were inseparable. People were like, “Oh my God, you two.”
Q: Did they think you were just being method actors?
A: They were thinking we were being all method-y, but we just cared for each other. And, yes, it made the work a thousand times easier because all I had to do was look in her eyes, see this beautiful girl with this kind heart, and just imagine her being taken from the world and I lost it.
Q: In what ways are you and your character alike?
A: Prior to the apocalypse, Andrea was a human rights lawyer and right now I’m pursuing my masters in human rights at Columbia University. The very fact that what she’s passionate about is exactly what I’m passionate about is quite special. Also [in the comic book]…, Andrea ends up being quite the sharpshooter, and it’s a skill set that I have.
Q: How good of a shot are you?
Survival isn’t just about staying alive — it’s also about holding on to one’s humanity. And whether or not Rick and the others have found sanctuary at the CDC, their humanity remains constantly in jeopardy. How close have each come to losing sight of it? A look at these online extras for Episode 5 may reveal the truth.
• Production stills of Episode 5 plus two sneak peeks of next week’s Season Finale
• An “Inside The Walking Dead” video that takes you behind the scenes of Episode 5 (Contains Spoilers)
• Video highlights of Episode 5 that sum it up in brief
• A video of Episode 5′s most talked-about scenes
• An online trivia quiz that tests your memory of the episode
• Something to say? Bring it up in the Talk Forum’s open thread for the episode
Also worth your attention:
This week Deadline Hollywood discusses the ratings for Episode 4 while Wired gives thanks for The Walking Dead and Entertainment Weekly features the series on its cover.
• Wired is thankful that with “AMC’s awesome adaptation of The Walking Dead comic book series, there’s finally a zombie story in the mainstream that relies on deeply-drawn characters, not just scaring viewers.”
• The Walking Dead lands on Entertainment Weekly‘s cover, as the magazine asks, “How in the world did a show that begins with a policeman shooting a little (albeit zombified) girl in the head ever make it on to television? And how did it become the hottest new series of the year?”
• Ratings for Episode 4, “Vatos” held relatively steady according to Deadline Hollywood. TV by the Numbers notes that even with a 5 percent drop it “will still easily be the top scripted show on cable for the week with adults 18-49.”
If you’ve already taken The Walking Dead Survival Test, you know how you’d fare if you actually came face-to-face with the end of the world. But what to do if you need to (again) test the apocalyptic readiness of yourself, your friends or your colleagues immediately? Here’s one solution: The Walking Dead Survival Test for Android tablets and smart phones. Simply go to the Android Marketplaceand download the FREE App and in mere seconds you’ll have timely insight into your own end-of-the-world preparedness.
Entertainment Weekly this week honored The Walking Dead with a cover story highlighting AMC’s original series as “The Best New Show on TV.” The issue (hitting stands Nov. 29) includes interviews with comic creator Robert Kirkman, executive producers Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd and star Andrew Lincoln, and traces the origin of The Walking Dead from its comic book roots through its unlikely path to becoming a bona finde television sensation. “How in the world did a show that begins with a policeman shooting a little (albeit zombified) girl in the head ever make it on to television?” teases EW.com about the issue. “And how did it become the hottest new series of the year? The new issue of Entertainment Weekly examines the past, present, and future of AMC’s zombie survival epic.”
And don’t miss an encore of The Walking Dead Episode 4 this Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9/8c followed by an all-new episode at 10/9c.
The actor talks about making a racist redneck likable, compares Daryl to a pet snake and describes the strangest meal he ever ate (it wasn’t squirrel).
Q: What was your favorite part about playing Daryl?
A: He’s such a mixed guy. Growing up with a brother like Michael Rooker’s character, you’d imagine he’d have tons of chicks on his shoulder. I think trying to find a way to be the little brother, but still be a badass in his own way and still show that he cares about his brother. Trying to show that he has feelings and trying to find a likable guy in a racist, you know?
Q: How do you make a racist likable?
A: I was looking for that fine line to get to where I actually join the group and become somebody that they can trust. I’m sort of like this pet snake: somebody that is around all the time and works with all these people, but he might snap at any second. It’s like, you have to pick and choose your friends carefully, and sometimes you get stuck with whoever is not bitten. And the best part is that Daryl could go so many different ways since he’s such a wild card. He could hook up with someone, he could become a total crazy person or maybe just become a really nice guy.
Q: Between starring in The Boondock Saints and this, you’ve handled your fair share of weapons on-screen. How did the crossbow compare?
The 79th installment of Robert Kirkman’s Eisner-winning comic book series hits the stands this Wed., Nov. 24, but you don’t need to wait until then to find out what happens next. AMCtv.com hereby presents the first seven pages of the latest issue of The Walking Dead comic, in which the survivors at the Alexandria Safe Zone find themselves surrounded by the undead.
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Dale‘s RV offers the survivors shelter, comfort and a small taste of the creature comforts of the life they once knew. Not surprisingly, the father figure who owns it offers those around him a kindred sense of security. “He’s a bit of a guardian,” actor Jeffrey DeMunn says of his character Dale in this new video interview. “He’s not frightened of death, and he can just press ahead and take care of those he has come to love and care for.”
Check out this video to learn more about Dale, and don’t miss an encore of The Walking Dead Episode 4 this Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9/8c followed by an all-new episode at 10/9c.