The Walking Dead was a huge hit for AMC. They probably didn’t even realize how popular the zombie series would be. And though, the channel has been running marathons in the last week or so, The Walking Dead Season One DVD has extras that are must-haves for any horror fan out there, according to series star Andrew Lincoln.
“You’ve got the Making-Of, Inside The Walking Dead, Sneak Peeks with Robert Kurkland on the set…the writer of the comic book and you’ve got the amazing makeup designs with all the zombie makeup, which is phenomenal,” Lincoln, who stars as Rick Grimes on the program explains. Greg Nicotero and his team are just the best in the business. He’s like the Willy Wonka of gore. Just to see the attention and craftsmanship and artistry that goes into just one zombie is astonishing.”
Best of those extras? How about zombie school? Fans can actually learn the fine art of walking like a zombie.
The popularity of The Walking Dead has only escalated and Lincoln thinks he knows why – and he says it’s not just one element, but rather the whole picture from the producers, Frank Darabont (The Green Mile) and Gail Ann Hurd (Terminator) and the production team to the actors and the special effects. But, most of all, it’s the story, the characters and the fact that the show goes pedal-to-the-floor within the horror genre.
“The first time I saw it I was doing looping (re-voicing tracks) on episode one,” Lincoln recalls. “I saw the opening sequence which involves me and a small zombie and I knew what was coming, but even I laughed out loud. I couldn’t do my job. I said, ‘Is this the edit?’ and Frank [Darabont] just cackled and went, ‘Yeah.’ They didn’t pull any punches.”
This week the actor tells us he’s “selling zombies in Oslo,” which is ridiculous-speak for promoting the first season of The Walking Dead. And though that sounds funny, Lincoln tells HollywoodOutbreak.com that his family – including his 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter – is learning his special language.
“When I was at work she said, ‘Kill any zombies, daddy?’ ” he laughs adding, “She just sent me a message, ‘Sell any zombies yet, daddy?’ It’s just like zombies are a part of our life now.”
And there is a season two in the works, but so far Lincoln has no clue how the story will develop, but he does know the amount of show has doubled to a total of 13 new episodes.
“It’s going to be great to have a 13 act run at it just because there are so many, fascinating, brilliant characters in the band of brothers that I want to know more about as an actor in the show, so we can really push it out and deepen it.” he stresses.
Sounds detailed, huh? For me the appeal of season two is simply - I just can’t wait for the zombies and humans to start kicking butts again.