'The Walking Dead' Creator Says Andrew Lincoln 'Eats, Drinks And Sleeps Rick Grimes'

The Walking DeadRobert Kirkman can sum up his experience watching "The Walking Dead" come to life as a television series in two words: "surreal" and "amazing."

The "Walking Dead" creator and series executive producer spoke with AMC from the set of the upcoming comic book adaptation, which has already begun shooting its pilot episode. Kirkman said that not only does the "Walking Dead" show feature scenes "straight out of" the comic book, it also improves on the source material in many ways.

"There are things here and there that along the way I should have caught, but didn't," he said. "There's some amazing stuff [Frank Darabont] added for Morgan's character in the Pilot episode that's just not in the comic. It was back story, but he handles it in a way that just really brings it to the forefront. It's like, Morgan, that guy is an awesome character!"

In the surreal department, Kirkman said he can't help himself from seeing Rick Grimes every time he looks at Andrew Lincoln, the English actor who was cast in the main role in April. "This guy just eats, drinks and sleeps Rick Grimes," said Kirkman. "Steven Yeun, the actor playing Glenn, was on set for the first time yesterday. He walked over and said hello to Andrew Lincoln. They were chatting, and I looked over and I was like, 'That's Rick talking to Glenn!'"

In revisiting the early days of "The Walking Dead," Kirkman said that there are certain characters and plot threads he wishes he'd spent more time on in the comic book. "It kind of makes me wish that Shane hadn't died in Issue 6," he said as an example. "Shane's a really cool guy, and there's a lot of story potential there. I blew through a lot of stuff that they're kind of dwelling on a little bit more here. So yeah, there are places where I'm like, 'Oh man, I wish I'd done it this way.' And that's kind of neat."

As for what Kirkman's most excited about for the future of "The Walking Dead" on television, he said: "There's an entire list I could go down, but I'd ruin the entire season for you. Everything that they're going to be cramming into every episode I cannot wait to see them pull off. And I know they're going to be pulling it off in an amazing way. It's non-stop awesome over here at the set of 'The Walking Dead.'"

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