‘Walking Dead’ Composer Teases Prison Theme

Now that we’ve had some time to digest that record-breaking, action-packed season two finale of the most zombie-riffic show on television, “The Walking Dead,” we can focus on season three and the fact that Rick and Co. will finally be sent to prison.

We’ve heard a little about what creator Robert Kirkman and the show’s producers have in store for us next season, but how about a little preview action from wonderfully talented and fanboy-beloved composer Bear McCreary? MTV News was very lucky to attend McCreary’s scoring session for the season finale, after which he shared his thoughts for what he has planned for a “prison theme” of sorts.

“Fans who have seen the season finale, have heard a little hint of what could become the prison theme,” McCreary said. “There’s this rhythmic idea in the bass and the low strings. It’s almost like a jackhammer. I mean, it’s so aggressive and mean and powerful. And it’s kind of subtle here, and it builds up. And as I wrote it, I kind of thought, I could bring this back, you know?”

McCreary went on to say that the challenge will be to keep the music of season three new, but familiar, without treading on old territory.

“There’s something really powerful there that could become, sort of like a heartbeat-like theme for this location, which is kind of similar to what I had in mind when I read the comics years ago when I first got there,” he said. “I had been thinking about it, there’s so many great prison shows and movies and there are certain sounds you kind of associate with it, and I don’t want to do that.  But, we’ll see. I mean it really depends on where they take the show. It’s a little early to think about it, but I’m definitely thinking about it anyway.”

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