The Walking Dead’s 15th Anniversary Variant Covers For The Re-released Issues

We learned a few months ago that Image Comics and Skybound are going to reprint some of the key issues of The Walking Dead for the 15th anniversary which is approaching next month. This week, I was emailed the high resolution photos of the variant covers and these will come in their normal color, or in black and white. You can pick these up in comic book stores on October 13th and the list of the reprinted issues are the following in this order.

#1

#2 (First appearance of Carl and Lori, Glenn, Andrea, and Sophia)

#7 (First appearance of Tyrese)

#19 (First appearance of Michonne)

#27 (First appearance of The Governor)

#48 (Death of Lori, Judith, and The Governor/Final Prison Battle)

#53( First appearance of Abraham, Eugene, Rosita)

#92 (First Appearance of Jesus)

#98 (Death of Abraham/First appearance of Dwight)

#100 (First appearance of Negan/death of Glenn Rhee)

#108 (First appearance of Ezekiel/Shiva)

#127(Post All Out War/First appearance of Magna and her group)

#132 (First Appearance of Alpha)

#167 (Andrea’s death issue)

#171 (First Appearance of The Princess)

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AMC Network Announces The Walking Dead NYCC Panel

AMC today released new unit and behind-the-scenes photography from the highly-anticipated new season of The Walking Dead, premiering Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c.

In addition, select cast and producers from the show will be at New York Comic Con for a panel, moderated by Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 6th and 8/7c.

Cast members including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride and Jeffrey Dean Morgan join Executive Producer and Showrunner Angela Kang, Executive Producer and Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert and Special Effects Makeup Supervisor and Executive Producer Greg Nicotero to discuss the show’s exciting new chapter and what’s to come in Season 9.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c.

The Walking Dead News: Sons Of Anarchy Alum Ryan Hurst Joins The Cast

One of the best casting choices in the universe of The Walking Dead since Jeffrey Dean Morgan was revealed this week and his name is Ryan Hurst. Ryan was on the hit TV series Sons Of Anarchy on FX as one of the fan favorites Opie. His character received a brutal death during season 5 and since then, he has appeared in Bates Motel and Outsider. He will now appear on the 9th season of The Walking Dead as one of the whisperers but not just one of them, he will play as Alpha’s right hand man, Beta. You most likely want to know who is Beta would you? I will give you the rundown.

 

Beta made his first appearance on issue #154 (4th part of volume 26: Call To Arms) in the comic series as Negan encountered him after he escaped from jail. He is very tall and wields two large knives. After Negan’s encounter with him, Beta orders the rest of The Whisperers to take Negan back to their camp. When Michonne and Aaron tries to look for Negan in the woods, Beta and The Whisperers attacks them until Dwight stops it. That is all I can say now about his debut in the comic series. Fans have anticipated if Beta will appear at all in the upcoming season since Alpha and The Whisperers debuted long before him in the comic series. Ryan Hurst and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s interactions on the show should be very interesting so we will have to wait until we see.

 

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Fear The Walking Dead News: Will Morgan Return to Alexandria?

 

The second half of the fourth season of Fear The Walking Dead has arrived at AMC, and has revealed the odd unknown. Among them, we could know the desire of Morgan (Lennie James) to return to Alexandria, and has asked allies to follow him in his mission

After having been visiting the different survivors of Fear The Walking Dead, Morgan decides that it is best to return with his original group of friends to provide the necessary help. At the request to be followed, only seems to agree Al (Maggie Grace), who agrees to take him there. But, will there finally be another ‘crossover’?

Everything seems to indicate that no. Or, at least, for now. In response to the recent production decision to renew Fear The Walking Dead for a fifth season, the fact that both zombie titles merge into one is a probability that, in the short term, is not contemplated. This should not mean a resounding ‘no’ to Morgan’s return, as he could leave and remain in his origin series. But here lies the big problem:

The ninth season of The Walking Dead raises a temporary leap of no less than a year and a half, so it would be very difficult to make the two chronological lines come together. Also, Scott Gimple has indicated that there are no plans for a new ‘crossover’ soon. Of course, this does not close the door to occur in the future, but it is something that we can discard right now:

“No [excludes more crosses] That’s all I have to say, it does not, but I would not wait for it all the time, things could happen, you never know who could appear in Fear The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead and potentially to people in the past of ‘Fear the Walking Dead “.

However, an existing option is that the protagonists of The Walking Dead do march to Fear with the intention of following this plot in its corresponding timeline. However, it seems an unlikely option.

The ninth season of The Walking Dead will arrive at AMC on October 7th.

 

SDCC 2018-AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead Press Conferences

More San Diego Comic Con news came out as I was invited to attend both of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead press conferences. The Fear one started first as the cast and producers of the season made their way to the long table. The cast included Colman Domingo, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lennie James, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace and Jenna Elfman as they all talked about what to expect from the second half of season 4 as the back half of the season deals with more character development and a natural disaster. I also spoke with Alycia and Maggie for a few minutes after the conference to talk about Travis’ death way back in season 3. I also spoke with Scott Gimple as we talked about the comic series of The Walking Dead, his new comic series with Robert Kirkman Die!Die!Die, and future possible storylines of The Walking Dead especially since Volume 30:New World Order just finished not too long ago.

 

Here is the audio

https://youtu.be/ikNbhSCan_Y

 

After that conference was over, The Walking Dead started and we learned more information to the upcoming season and Andrew Lincoln’s departure of the show. That got sad to hear him say it because he loves the show and working with everyone there. The Press conference was very funny also as Norman and Andrew Lincoln had a “stare down” after the rest of the cast arrived, along with Jeffery Dean Morgan stealing the show over there with his very funny humor. Other cast members that were there was Danai Gurira and Lauren Cohan along with Greg Nicotero and the new show runner Angela Kang and Executive Producer Scott Gimple. The panel is a must listen!

Here is the audio from the conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huBlQfcTTow&t=6s

Meeting Andrew Lincoln face to face is a dream come true of mines and I am happy that it happened!

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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season 9 will have a “new look and feel” according to the new showrunner

 

“The Walking Dead” TV series has a new showrunner for season 9. In a recent interview, the new showrunner Angela Kang talked about the changes in the “look and feel” of the show, and other aspects of the story.

Kang is no stranger to the show, and has been a part of the TV series since the second season. Her role has been expanding gradually, and now she is the showrunner. In an interview with Variety, Kang teased that they are “playing with the style of the show a little bit.”

“I think fans will enjoy the new look and feel that we have,” Kang said. The long running show has a typical look and feel, something that Kang is aware of, but they do want to keep the show “fresh.” Apart from the look of the show they have apparently experimented with the sound too.

There will be a time jump in the next season similar to the comic series where there was a time jump in the comic series after All Out War ended. After using cars and jeeps on the streets, the heroes appear to have finally run out of gas for their vehicles. The next season will show them on horses and carts. “The world is starting to break down and nature is taking over,” Kang teased.

Apart from the changes in the transport the heroes will use, their weapons will also change. They will gradually move away from guns and bullets to more of hand weapons. The close-up shots of people slashing and stabbing zombies should make for some exciting action sequences, especially when they face a big horde. “It’s a fun evolution we’re playing with,” Kang said.

The show has had shocking exits of some of the main characters in Season 8, which is expected to continue in season 9.

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Jon Bernthal will return on AMC’s The Walking Dead for one episode

With Rick Grimes’s exit from The Walking Dead confirmed for the show’s ninth season, The Hollywood Reporter claims another character will make a dramatic return to the show. And we’re just as surprised as you are, considering this character hasn’t been part of the conversation for years.

According to the report, Jon Bernthal’s Shane will appear in at least one episode of  the upcoming season, likely to help see off Lincoln’s Rick. The two characters were cop buddies before the infection spread. Eventually, Shane became so unhinged that Rick had no choice but to kill him.

Because Shane died—and, later on, zombie Shane was killed—he isn’t going to return in the present day. Instead, it’s likely he’ll appear in a flashback, perhaps recounting an important moment between him and Rick before the world fell apart.

As for the departure of Lincoln’s Rick, how he’ll be phased out is unclear. The character has been a staple of the show from the beginning, but has become more embattled over the past few years. To breath new life into the show, The Walking Dead is making big changes to help spark fan interest.

The Hollywood Reporter claims Lauren Cohan’s Maggie is also expected to exit the show next season. For maximum impact, one would assume that both characters will die, rather than simply depart the group. Either way, it means big changes for fans of the show as Norman Reedus’s Daryl Dixon becomes more of a fixture.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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SDCC 2018-Skybound Reveals Their First Wave of The Walking Dead Exclusives

Skybound and Image Comics is celebrating 15 years of The Walking Dead with their collection of variant covers of the comic series and merchandise. This year at San Diego Comic Con, they will have exclusives as well and here are the first wave of them.

There are four figures of Rick Gimes from different eras of The Walking Dead. Check them out below.

The first one is from the first issue of the series as Rick is in his sherif outfit.

The second one is a repaint of Rick during the All Out War arc with the 15th anniversary t-shirt

The third is Rick during the No Turning Back arc and it is also taken from issue #149

The final one is taken from last year’s issue 163 retailer variant (which i do not own yet because it is too expensive) as we see Rick in Negan’s clothes with Lucille

The set along with a bloody version of it will cost $100 at their booth this July.

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McFarlane Toys-AMC’s The Walking Dead Negan Resin Statue

This fall, we will see the release of a new statue from McFarlane Toys and this time, it is Negan from AMC’s The Walking Dead. There is already a statue of him, but this time it is the first time they are releasing the television version of the same character and they have used the likeness of Jeffrey Dean Morgan to bring this statue to life. It features Negan bashing a walker in the head with his barbed-wired baseball bat Lucille along with two other walkers trying to attack him. This will be a must own for collectors but it will come with a price but here is the information below:

“One of the most iconic villains in television history brings a menacing  demeanor with a weapon to match. Negan, the leader of The Saviors carries his trusted weapon of choice, Lucille, a baseball bat adorned in barbed wire. No matter what Rick Grimes and his crew do, no one is safe when Negan comes around wielding Lucille.”

Product features:

• Showcases Negan in battle with three walkers featuring exploding head walker

• Features alternate interchangeable head

• 12.25 inches tall, 12.5 inches in depth

• Extreme amounts of detail action-packed into one commemorative resin

• Limited Edition, hand painted cold-cast resin statue

• Only 1,000 total statues produced

• Features Magnetic Assembly and a Rotating Base

• Each statue is individually and sequentially numbered

• Includes Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by Todd McFarlane

The gruesome resin statue will cost you $329.

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TV News- Lauren Cohan will return to The Walking Dead Season 9.

Lauren Cohan’s stint on The Walking Dead isn’t dead after all.

Cohan, who plays Maggie Rhee (née Greene) on the acclaimed AMC post-apocalyptic horror series, confirmed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday night that she’s definitely coming back to the show for season 9.

The actress later reiterated to Entertainment Weekly, “I’m going back. There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.” In terms of what Walking Dead fans can expect from season 9 Maggie, Cohan couldn’t reveal anything but did offer a tiny tease: “You know we’re not allowed to tell you anything, but it’s good.”

Cohan’s connection to The Walking Dead has been jumbled-up, perplexing, and anything but clear in recent months. When her costars Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick Grimes, and Norman Reedus, the man behind the formerly badass Daryl Dixon, signed on for season 9 seemingly without batting an eye, Cohan was holding out while she negotiated for higher pay and a better deal. AMC reportedly offered the actress a “modest salary increase” in exchange for her signing a long-term contract for the series, but she rejected it, an apparent standard practice in high-stakes re-negotiations.

Shortly after, Cohan was said to be in “active negotiations with AMC to extend her Walking Dead deal into season nine and beyond,” and hadn’t given the Walking Dead team any indication that she was seriously considering leaving the series. However, the situation grew more complicated — and past reports seemed to get negated — when Cohan climbed aboard the ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier.

It appears that now, Cohan is signed on for both her long-standing role as Maggie on The Walking Dead and her new gig on Whiskey Cavalier. Fingers crossed she can juggle both commitments.

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