AMC’s The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on television. The epic, post-apocalyptic juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down
as it steadily churns out season after season of carnage and drama. The
Walking Dead is currently wrapping up its fourth season, and we’ve taken
a look back at the bloody trail the series has blazed, and dug up some
interesting bits of information on the smash hit show.
THE LAST SUPPER
their character is killed off on the series, all principal actors
receive a ceremonial “Last Supper” before they film their death scenes.
Cast member IronE “T-Dog” Singleton stated that during tradition, they
give the cast members mementos from the show, and he received the riot
shield that his character had used throughout the third season.
THE Z WORD
word “zombie” is never used to describe the undead characters in The
Walking Dead. “Walkers” and “Biters” are used the most by cast members,
but they also rely on a steady stream of synonyms to describe the
shuffling hordes, including “geeks”, “skanks”, and “lame brains.”
KEEPING UP WITH THE DIXONS
Dixon brothers, Merle (Michael Rooker) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), were created solely as characters for The Walking Dead television series. The fan favorites, along with
T-Dog, Jacqui (Jeryl Prescott Sales), and Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja), only appear on the show and do not appear in eponymous comic series.
THE DARABONT BUNCH
developer and Executive-Producer, Frank Darabont, tapped into his past
projects in order to cast some major roles in The Walking Dead. Darabont
had previously directed Laurie Holden (Andrea), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), Juan Gabriel
Pareja (Morales), and Melissa McBride (Carol) in his adaptation of Stephen King’s The
Mist. DeMunn in particular has a long history of collaborations with
Darabont, having also acted in his adaptations of The Green Mile, and
The Shawshank Redemption.
AN HOMAGE TO A VIRUS KILLER
In season 1 of The Walking Dead, the group reaches the Center for
Disease Control in Atlanta, only to find one remaining scientist at the
facility named Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich). This character is named after the famed
English scientist, Edward Jenner, who developed the invaluable Smallpox
Vaccine in the 1790’s.