‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Compare First Six Episodes To Comic, Address Season Two Rumors

It’s only a matter of weeks before “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC, bringing Robert Kirkman’s celebrated, long-running comic book series to life by way of Frank Darabont (“The Mist”), Gale Anne Hurd (“Incredible Hulk”), and a long list of other accomplished creators and cast.

During New York Comic Con, I managed to snag some time with Darabont and Hurd to discuss the series and its looming October 31 debut, and get a post-mortem of sorts on the first six episodes’ similarities to the comic’s initial story arc. Oh, and I also asked them about those rumors of an early green-light for the next 13 episodes of the series.

“What I find is that we’re very much on course with the philosophy we approached the show with,” Darabont told MTV News. “Which is, from the very first I always said to Robert Kirkman, ’I want to follow the narrative path you’ve laid out, but I want to take as many interesting detours and step off the path for a little bit as [much as] we can, as long as it feels organic to the overall.”

“And that’s exactly what we’ve done [with the first six episodes] and that’s exactly where the show is headed,” he added. “So no real surprises in that sense for me, because we’re following through on what we said we’d do.”

As for those rumors that the series has already been approved for another 13 episodes, Hurd quickly shot them down — but admitted that they’re the good kind of rumors, after all.

“I think we have to air first, and if the response is positive, which we’re very hopeful of, then I think we’ll be back next year with 13 episodes,” she said.

“I love internet rumors,” laughed Darabont. “And then I love how surprised and hurt people are when you go, ’No, that’s just a rumor,’ — like the internet is the fountain of wisdom and truth.”

“But we like rumors like that,” added Hurd.

The Walking Dead” premieres Halloween night, October 31, at 10 PM EST on AMC. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Steven Yeun, among other actors.

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