Writing 'The Walking Dead' TV Series Is 'Like Going Home Again,' Says Robert Kirkman

We got our first look at "The Walking Dead" television series yesterday in the form of a long (4.5 minutes!) trailer featuring the events transpiring before and after police officer Rick Grimes finds himself in a world of shambling, flesh-hungry zombies.

While we'll have to wait until Halloween night for the series' premiere, we'll have to wait even longer to get our first look at an episode of series penned by "The Walking Dead" creator himself, Robert Kirkman. When I visited the set of "The Walking Dead" in June, I asked the writer about scripting the fourth episode of the series and revisiting characters he'd left behind long ago.

It's fun going back and writing the thing, because I don't remember very much from the early issues of the comic," Kirkman told MTV News.

"The story in the comic moves so much, a lot of the characters die, and it's a frequent death rate in the book," he added. "So I'm getting to write characters that I haven't even really thought about for a long time, because they've been out of the book for a while."

With award-winning director Frank Darabont handling script duties for the first few episodes, Kirkman said he's had more than enough time to reacquaint himself with the series original cast of characters. In fact, the writer said the experience is sort of like getting a chance to rewrite some of the stories he authored when his career was just beginning.

"It's kind of like going back home again and getting a second pass at earlier stuff," he said. "It's a lot of fun."

"The Walking Dead" premieres on AMC October 31 at 10 PM EST.

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