“The Walking Dead” co-creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that he has one big regret about the TV version of his hit zombie apocalypse graphic novel series—and it is probably not the one you’re thinking about.
“If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have done the CDC episode [at the end of the first season],” he told THR. The episode in question is the one in which Rick Grimes and his ragtag group of survivors makes a stop at CDC headquarters, where Dr. Jenner informs Rick that all survivors are already infected with the virus.
“[That big reveal] possibly gave away too much information and was such a big change very early on in the series,” Kirkman said. Dr. Jenner’s sharing of the information differed from how the survivors learned the bad news in the comic book series. In the graphic novel, Tyreese’s daughter, Julie, dies without a zombie bite, then reanimates. Rick and company then put two and two together.
Kirkman also second-guesses himself with the same episode in the sense that Dr. Jenner makes mention of researchers in France possibly being on to something in finding a cure.
“I’ve been careful in the comic series to not say what’s happening in other parts of the world,” he said, adding that he thinks it will be fun exploring what’s going on in other parts of the world in the upcoming companion series.
Speaking of the spinoff, AMC expects to air the pilot episode some time in 2015. The show is currently being cast and is expected to start filming soon. Rumors indicate that the show is a prequel to the current TV series and is set in the early days of the same zombie apocalypse.
“The Walking Dead” is currently in its fifth season, has been renewed for a sixth, and is coming upon its fifth season’s midway point this Sunday. “The Walking Dead” Season 5 has been setting up a showdown the past few episodes that lacks the tension from Season 4’s midseason showdown between The Governor and the prison community.
Dawn – the supposed bad guy – is far less intimidating than The Governor and has only shown that she’s prone to slap people around while leaving lasting impressions on their faces in the process. It’s evident that the show’s writers are trying to make Dawn and the hospital group out to be villains, but in a show in which such delineations are becoming increasingly blurred, this viewer’s not convinced Dawn and company is entirely bad. So far, none of Dawn’s police officers have acted differently than anyone in Rick’s group would act if the tables were turned.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Rick sees this and the two groups wind up joining forces and resources. Tune in Sunday night to find out if this “Walking Dead” prediction comes true.
“The Walking Dead” airs on AMC this Sunday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m. Eastern.