All reports of The Walking Dead‘s demise have been greatly overstated. By 9:15am on Saturday (over an hour before doors opened to the general public), the parking lot of the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center was jam packed and lines were forming outside for this year’s Walker Stalker Con. When the doors opened at 10:30am, it was as if the zombies had broken through the gates! Fans of the AMC television series, which is currently in its ninth season, packed the convention hall to meet their favorite stars, get autographs, take photos, and sit for Q&A panels.
Kings of Con takes over the south today in episode 8’s “Plano, TX.” Never a dull moment with Rob and Rich (Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr), our beloved “C-list” actors who tour the cons with humor, aplomb, alcohol, drugs, etc. The guests are the icing as usual.
The Walking Dead Episode 7.1 “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”
Directed by Greg Nicotero
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt AMC
Air Date: October 23, 2016
Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…
It was nearly 7 months ago when we got the Season 6 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and it was an excruciatingly long wait, considering that we were left with a cliffhanger of terrifying proportions. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was introduced as the villainous Negan, a leather jacket-clad, well-spoken madman who wields a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat named Lucille that he uses to bash people’s heads in. Rick and his crew had run afoul with Negan’s soldiers after they raided what they thought was his main compound in a preemptive attack. Turns out, that was just an outpost.
Meanwhile, Morgan was off looking for Carol, who left the Alexandria Safe Zone because she couldn’t bare to kill anymore, even though she was obviously very good at it. He eventually found her hiding and injured, but she refused to return with him. Instead, she ran off again only to be found by one of the Saviors from the group she slaughtered (in her defense, they attacked her first), who then shoots her. Thankfully, it was Morgan to the rescue again. Right after Morgan kills the attacking Savior, two other men wearing homemade armor arrive, one of whom is on horseback. Morgan tells them that Carol is injured and needs help, and one of the men say, “Then let’s get you some help” and shakes Morgan’s hand — a symbol of hope in this desperate world.
The New York Comic-Con panel for The Walking Dead at Madison Square Garden was full of excitement on Saturday night as much of the show’s cast and crew took the stage to discuss the upcoming highly anticipated seventh season.
Along with moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), those on stage included main cast members Norman Reedus (Daryl), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Melissa McBride (Carol), Lennie James (Morgan), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Austin Nichols (Spencer), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Seth Gilliam (Gabriel), series showrunner Scott M. Gimple, and producers Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, and Gale Anne Hurd.
This past weekend, the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, NJ hosted Walker Stalker Con. The convention featured stars of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead as well as several other guests. The ferocious fans, many dressed as zombies (cough… walkers) were given an opportunity to meet, greet, get autographs from, take selfies with, and coolest of all, chat with their favorite actors. The weekend of the 2nd/3rd we were at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in Secaucus, and one thing that was obvious at both cons, sometimes smaller is better!