Ever since the first images of zombies from “The Walking Dead” hit the ’net, it was clear that fans needn’t be afraid of Robert Kirkman’s post-apocalyptic saga getting softened for television. What they should be afraid of, however, was the magic worked by makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero in bringing the shambling, flesh-hungry creatures to life… or in this case, living death.
Yesterday we brought you a brand new clip from “The Walking Dead” featuring a particularly terrifying zombie that main character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) encounters in the series’ premiere. When I spoke to “The Walking Dead” producers Gale Anne Hurd and Frank Darabont (who also wrote and directed the premiere), I asked them which zombies were their favorites from the six episodes filmed.
“You know what I love? I love the zombie [with the] axe through the head,” Hurd told MTV News. “That’s one of my favorites.”
“The axe through the head is good,” agreed Darabont. “I’m particularly fond of Daryl, [played by] Norman Reedus, firing the arrow into the eye of the severed zombie head. That’s good.”
“That’s particularly fun,” added Hurd.
“You have to damage the brain,” explained Darabont. “You can’t just cut the head off. There’s a head that’s on the ground that’s still moving and he decides to finish it off in inimitable Daryl fashion — with his crossbow.”
“Got to love a man with a crossbow,” laughed 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 notable actors. Keep it locked to Page all week for more “The Walking Dead” news, interviews, clips, and giveaways!