C2E2: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel

Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden spill what they know about season 2 and a certain 'master of horror' who might write an episode...

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

C2E2: 'The Walking Dead' Panel

"The Walking Dead" was a surprise smash hit for AMC last fall, replicating the comic book’s success on a much larger scale. And while the first season felt a little short at just six episodes, the cast and crew of "The Walking Dead" will begin production on the 13 episode second season in June.
During this weekend’s C2E2 in Chicago, Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden (who respectively play Shane and Andrea on the series) took questions from the crowd and dropped hints for where the series may go. Holden even name dropped one of the biggest names in horror as a potential writer for an upcoming episode.
“I heard a rumor that Stephen King’s going to write [an episode],” related Holden. This tidbit earned a round of applause from the audience. Holden also mentioned a rumor that Charlie Sheen wants to make a cameo appearance as a zombie but it wasn’t clear if she was kidding or not.
Holden also addressed the mental state of her character Andrea, who attempted to commit suicide in the season finale by allowing herself to be blown up  in the CDC.
“The only reason Andrea left the CDC is because she didn’t want Dale’s blood on her hands," related Holden. "She has lost everything and has no love in her life and there will be a lot of resentment towards Dale in season two. Andrea will get stronger and find her feet. In the [comic book] she emerges as a warrior, so I’m excited for that. She may be a bit of a lone wolf in season two, just trying to find her feet.”

Bernthal was very cognisant and open about the fact that his character, Shane dies relatively early in the comic book. Although this would suggest that his death on the show may be imminent, Bernthal insisted that he hasn’t seen the scripts for season two yet. But he did indicate that Shane will take a darker turn.
“Shane screwed up pretty big at the end of the season," offered Bernthal. "We’re gonna see a guy who is really, really lonely. It’s a different kind of loneliness. He’s with the people he loves and he can’t be with them the way he wants to. You will see the worst of him and the best of him in season two.”
Holden also indicated that fan favorite characters from the comic book like Tyreese, Michonne and The Governor could potentially show up in the second season. But she expressed doubt that the characters would move into the nearly vacant prison as they did in the books simply because the second season has a lot of ground to cover.
"The Walking Dead" will return this October on AMC.