THE WALK­ING DEAD

The eye of the tiger…

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2016 Tv Preview - Joseph McCabe

SEA­SON 7 US BROAD­CAST AMC from 23 Oc­to­ber UK BROAD­CAST Fox from 24 Oc­to­ber

re­turn­ing SHOW! Af­ter in­tro­duc­ing Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan’s base­ball-wield­ing an­tag­o­nist ne­gan in the sea­son fi­nale, what does the adap­ta­tion of robert Kirk­man’s zom­bie-filled comic book do for an en­core? Ac­cord­ing to Kirk­man, it gets down­right an­i­mal­is­tic, in­tro­duc­ing two more fan favourite char­ac­ters – ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva.

“We were reaching that point where ezekiel is in the sto­ry­line so it was just a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion,” says Kirk­man. “As we move through the sto­ry­line, we’ll be bring­ing more char­ac­ters in, and some char­ac­ters will ar­rive later. there will def­i­nitely be other char­ac­ters that you can see this sea­son and some sur­prises com­ing but right now it’s all about ezekiel and Shiva.”

to Kirk­man’s clear re­lief, Shiva will be a visual ef­fects creation. “[ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer] gale [Anne Hurd] pointed out that it’s not par­tic­u­larly hu­mane to have a live tiger on set, and is also very dan­ger­ous for the ac­tors. So i was like, ‘great, no real tiger. i can still come to set. that sounds awe­some!’ Be­cause i would not have gone to set if there had been a real tiger any­where near set. So there’s no real tiger in­volved. it’s all magic!”

ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Dave Alpert tells SFX that, like so much of The Walk­ing Dead, ezekiel and Shiva’s in­tro­duc­tion on the show will dif­fer from its de­pic­tion in print. “that’s not go­ing to play out ex­actly the same as it did in the comic. there’ll be a lot of swerves.”

Tiger not in­cluded.

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