Robert Kirkman made an appearance on Thursday at New York Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming sixth season of the AMC television series The Walking Dead, which is based on his long-running comic book series.
During the panel, titled “The Walking Dead’: An Inside Look with Robert Kirkman,” Kirkman, who is an executive producer on the show, as well as one of its writers, said that Season 6 will have lots of cliffhangers at the end of very episode. He also talked about Lennie James’s return as Morgan, his favorite zombie kills, and the future of the Fear the Walking Dead.
Check out our on-site coverage of the panel, including some photos, here below.
Nerdist senior editor Dan Casey moderated the panel. Here’s some tidbits:
Regarding the Season 6 premiere event at Madison Square Garden:
Kirkman said that it’s cool to have a big premiere event that the fans get to go to. “If you are going tomorrow, there will be ninjas,” he said.
Regarding how intense the show has become, and what can we expect from the “Ricktatorship”?
“We’ll have a lot more Morgan thrown in the mix, Lennie James is back…. Most intense season of TWD yet.”
On bringing Lennie James back as Morgan:
Kirkman reminds everyone that Morgan does come back in the comic book series. “It took a while to get to where [James] had an open schedule.”
Taking the opportunity to sneak a hot question in, moderator Casey asked, “How does Daryl die this season?” to much audience laughter.
“I would say decapitation, but that’s not all of it,” says Kirkman, who added “Norman is such a jerk.” [He’s just kidding, everyone!]
Casey asked, “You introduced Alexandria, will we get a chance to see the other communities?” to which the secretive Kirkman replied, “I can’t answer that.”
“Negan,” Casey baits him, to great cheers from the audience. Kirman responds: “I don’t know when that would be? Ok I know who.” And who is it? “Ed O’Neill,” he reveals.
Regarding the conflict in Alexandria Safe Zone, who will step up as a leader? Will it be Maggie? “Yeah, Maggie is bridging between Alex and ricks group,” Kirkman said. “A lot of cool stuff with Maggie is happening season.”
We can expect a Lot of new zombie action this season, but what is Kirkman’s favorite zombie death so far? “A lot of Michonne kills are my favorite,” he revealed.
On what effect showrunner Scott Gimple had on the AMC series:
“He [Gimple] wants to dig deep and get into their psyche and stuff. He’s been on the show from the second season on. He’s always the details guy. He definitely knows the comic books better than I do.”
When it comes to the prequel television series Fear the Walking Dead, Casey mentioned how he enjoyed how they took their time with the story. Kirkman says it always bugged him that in The Walking Dead they never got to show how this Glenn, a pizza boy, learned to shoot a gun. “With Fear, it’s fun to show the hesitancy.”
Casey points out that so far we’ve seen zombies on land. But we’ve never seen zombies on sea, which is where Season 2 of Fear seems to be headed. Kirkman said the next season of Fear will be different from TWD, but similar in that there’s a journey. “There’s definitely some water zombie action coming up…. There will be a little seafaring adventure,” he said.
Before Fear goes to Season 2 next year, a series 16 one-minute webisodes will be released that take the zombies to the skies on Flight 462. Kirkman talked about the new web series, which he said is meant to keep Fear in the minds of the audience. One survivor on the plane, which was seen at the end of Fear, will join the cast of the AMC show.
When asked, “How has the book changed?” referring to The Walking Dead comic, he answered, “I try not to change anything. I don’t want to allow the show or video games to influence the way I write the comic.”
Speaking of the comic, Casey said that issue 146 or 145 “whittled down the cast.” Issue 144, Kirkman clarifed. “Lotsa people lost their heads.”
Where does Kirkman want to see TWD go? “Be it a video game or a cruise, I’m a fan of all this stuff. But I think to myself, if I was just a fan, what would be cool to me?”
Is there another arc you would like to see in a playable video game format. “Fear the huntress,” he said. “No way out.”
If a zombie apocalypse breaks out, how would you fare? “I wouldn’t fare well at all,” he revealed.
Kirkman has a lot of projects, and said that he’s in a bunch of different rooms: the writer’s room for TWD, the writer’s room in Fear TWD, the writer’s room in Outcast, and then go home, where he writes his comics.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for Season 6 this Sunday, October 11, 2015, while the first episode will premiere at a special ticketed event at NYC’s Madison Square Garden arena this Friday, October 9, 2015.
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