The Walking Dead At Comic Con 2015



At comic con this past weekend, The Walking Dead creators were dropping bombs like you read about. There was no Robert Kirkman unfortunately, due to ill health (get well soon Robert!) but most of the major players were present to give us insights into the new season of the main show and the upcoming premiere of Fear The Walking Dead. Read on for a more detail and look at some trailers and both panels.

Instead of my slowing walking (or shambling) you through it, why don’t you just check these videos out for yourself. I’ll be on the other side with a couple of thoughts. Enjoy…


The Walking Dead Season 6 trailer… 



And now the Comic Con panel… 



Fear The Walking Dead trailer… 



And the Fear The Walking Dead panel… 



Think about what Harvey Dent said in Dark Knight, “…you’ll live long enough to see yourself become the villain…”, I’m looking at you Rick Grimes! I’m thinking the main show, or The Mothership if you will, is taking an interesting approach to our heroes. It seems to me as though Rick n’ Co. are fast becoming the bad guys. Particularly Rick and Carol. Like charismatic cult leaders, they have intelligent and strong willed individuals like Daryl, Michonne and Abraham falling into step with their aggressive world view. All in the name of keeping those they care about safe. Now, with the addition of Morgan, we get a fresh perspective on our group that reveals, we too have fallen into league with their particular brand of brutal survival. I can’t wait for this show to return. 

What follows is a spoiler for the comic and might be a spoilers thought for the show, if in doubt jump past the next image for some Fear The Walking Dead reaction.

I didn’t read the comic books passed issue 100 because Kirkman killed off Glenn, and he did so in a horribly bloody way. The guy who beat Glenn to death is named Negan, and we all expect him to make his sweary debut on the show this year. Does this mean Steven Yeun needs to worry about his day job? I’m predicting no. I think Scott M. Gimple knows he has stuck too close to the books and that we expect Glenn to meet “Lucille”, Negan’s weapon of choice, with squishy results. Precisely because we expect it to happen, I believe it won’t. Although I do feel we will lose a lead character, and I think that character will be Maggie. Lauren Cohen was missing from the panel at SDCC, was she afraid she might reveal too much? Only time will tell.



Whilst Marvel go cosmic with their universe building and DC try to follow suit, and even franchises like The Transformers try to build a connected universe, The Walking Dead have quietly gone ahead and done it. And done it well…

Fear The Walking Dead looks incredible. 

Just the right amount of common ground is on show here, with a new and exciting view on the out break that started it all. We get a familiar city scape back drop to replace the Georgia country side, we get a wonderfully diverse cast, of incredibly talented actors to join on this journey, and we get new, fresh Walkers who appear to share more with the modern “infected” than the tradition shambling “geeks” we get on the main show. 

With Kirkman’s claims that our new group are less “nuclear family, more dirty bomb…’ I can see there being as much conflict within our group as there is in the world outside. I’m very keen. 

My only concern is the rather wonky decision made by AMC, to release "Fear” in the UK on the BT network. I don’t know anyone who has BT! This means, there is no “legal” way for me to see the show when it’s released. Read into that what you will. I wonder if BT were hoping to attract new customers with Fear? Well, you’ll need to offer a lot more than that I think. I worry that the release of such a major show in such a limited way will shake AMC and their international partners’ confidence in Fear The Walking Dead. Why didn’t they go with FX, the home of The Walking Dead? I hope maybe a streaming service like Amazon Prime or Netflix get the show in line with their U.S. counterparts, or even iTunes. I could be tempted to buy a season pass!

Sort it out AMC!



What do think, are you looking forward to the new season of The Walking Dead? Does Fear look like it’s going to deliver? How will you be viewing this show when it hits? Drop you wisdom in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Marc