Comic-Con 2012: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel Report

AMC's hit zombie series comes out in force to San Diego.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

"The Walking Dead" is everywhere at this year's Comic-Con International. Issue # 100 of the comic book series debuted at the show, Activision announced "The Walking Dead" first-person-shooter video game and Petco Field was overtaken by a "Walking Dead" themed obstacle course. The next stop on the "Walking Dead" domination tour was Hall H; the biggest and most difficult room to get into in the San Diego Convention Center.

In front of a packed crowd on Friday afternoon, moderator Chris Hardwick welcomed a huge panel including "Walking Dead" creator, Robert Kirkman, producers Glen Mazzarra, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and Dave Alpert in addition to cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Laurie Holden, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun.
Gurira and Morrissey are both new additions to the cast as the mysterious Michonne and the malevolent Governor, who controls the town of Woodbury. Gurira admitted that she loved learning how to use a Katana for her new role and she remarked that she felt completely accepted by the rest of the cast. Morrissey favorably compared his "Walking Dead" experience to his appearance on "The Next Doctor" TV special of BBC's "Doctor Who." He remarked that both shows are labors of love for the cast and crew.
Less loved was Callies' Lori; whom even Callies called a "home wrecker." But Callies also defended her character and said that Lori tried to deal with Shane as best she could. Callies also reiterated that Lori was not telling Rick to kill Shane, only to watch his back.
Lincoln stated that Rick has lost part of his humanity to his drive to protect his loved ones. But he also noted that Rick will acknowledge his need for other people this season. Reedus added that he is pleased that Daryl is evolving and growing within the group. However, Kirkman said that he still has no current plans to add Daryl to the comic book series at this point.
On an amusing note, it was revealed that Lincoln, Morrissey and Cohen practice their American accents during weekend Skype chats and that Lincoln keeps his American dialect even when not filming as a way to maintain his character. 
Mazzara stated that he feels that the show has entered "the zone" because he and the crew constantly push to things that no other zombie story has attempted to depict. He also restated the importance of staying true to the feel of the comic and its fully developed characters.
"The Walking Dead" will return to AMC on Sunday, October 14.