Has 'The Walking Dead' Cast Been Reading The Comics?

We're mere days away from the premiere of "The Walking Dead" television series now, and while Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont, and everyone else associated with the project assure us there will be plenty of surprises for longtime readers of the comic, it's always interesting to find out whether the cast themselves are keeping up with the print adventures of Rick Grimes and his ragtag group of zombie-apocalypse survivors.

During New York Comic Con, I posed that question to cast members Norman Reedus (who plays a new character invented for the TV series named Daryl Dixon), Laurie Holden (Andrea), and Steven Yeun (Glenn).


"I knew the comic book visually, but I never really got into the characters and stuff, but on set I was reading them and trying to catch up and see where people go," Reedus told MTV News. "It's good that [Daryl Dixon] isn't in the comic book, because I'm such a freak I would try to find out when I die."

Reedus and the other cast members went on to heap praise on Kirkman's development of the individual characters that populate "The Walking Dead" — and their live-action translations by producers Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd.

"Every character could be its own little thing, it's so well written," he said. "The way that Gale and Frank have put it together, you're fascinated by each person's story and everyone's path is their individual path, so it's super interesting to watch each of them and how they interact. The zombies are the enemy, but the real enemy could be the person you're standing next to. Everyone's looking at each other out of the side of their eyes trying to figure out who they can trust."

While Reedus doesn't need to worry about discovering any spoilers regarding his character's arc in the series, that's not the case for Holden and Yeun, whose characters play big roles in the print series.

"I've read compendium one and then I stopped there, because all of our characters have an arc and I didn't want to get too ahead of myself," said Holden. "I did see the cover of a couple of the recent issues, so I think that Andrea and Glenn are going through some pretty bad stuff."

"Yeah, there's some stuff going down," agreed Yeun. "I stopped around the time they run into the second group of people. ... That was right before we started shooting, and I didn't want to go back to it straight off the bat, because I didn't want to spoil anything for myself. I remember I went through [issues] 1-60 in one day — I read it all over again — and I literally couldn't sleep for a day. It's so dark."

"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 notable actors. Keep it locked to Page all week for more "The Walking Dead" news, interviews, clips, and giveaways!

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