Season 2 of The Walking Dead is still many months away, with the premiere set for October. Robert Kirkman, who created the comic book upon which AMC's zombie series is based, recently talked about some of the new developments for The Walking Dead Season 2, including some new locations for the surviving group of humans.
"We're mapping out everything. We got a lot of cool ideas. Everyone here is mindful of how well received the first season was. We're breaking our backs, story wise, to make sure the next season is twice is good, or three times as good, with a lot of twists and turns and pushing the envelop of what you can do on TV."
About the change of locale for Season 2, Robert Kirkman had this to say.
"I don't know if I can go into that, but I know [showrunner Frank Darabont] has said we're going to see Hershel's farm. We're looking to take some picturesque rural landscapes and play with that and come up with some cool zombie visuals. We'll see some of the locations of the first season, but we're going to mainly focus on breaking new ground. Oh, and we're going to feature a lava planet."
How much Rick vs. Shane drama will there be in Season 2 of The Walking Dead?
"That's definitely the core dynamic that's going on, but there's a lot of other interesting stuff in the mix. We're going to seeing a lot of Andrea and a lot more of Laurie."
"He's focusing on writing. He's in writers room every day. I'm writing some episodes and he's writing some episodes. We're trying to figure out what we're doing with the directing right now. The logistics and also being big part of the writers room will limit his time."
Bear McCreary is staying on the show as a composer. Robert Kirkman also confirmed an October premiere date for The Walking Dead Season 2. He then explained that the show will head down to San Diego this summer for Comic-Con 2011 with, "a 12-foot-tall zombie costume." He also talked about the upcoming video game for The Walking Dead, in comparison to another zombie video game, Left 4 Dead.
"Left 4 Dead is much more focused on action. One of the key aspects of Walking Dead is it focuses on characters and the emotion, and that theme is very much alive in the game, and luckily with modern games you can actually do that."
Robert Kirkman went onto add this about Season 2.
"We've been talking to [zombie effects master] Greg Nicotero a lot about some cool zombie stuff he has planned. As much as this show pushed the envelope of gore on TV, the joy of seeing the best zombies ever done on a TV show every week, all I can say you haven't seen anything yet."