DEAD MAN WALK­ING

THE WALK­ING DEAD IS LOS­ING ITS MAIN STAR, AN­DREW LIN­COLN. SHOWRUN­NER AN­GELA KANG EX­PLAINS HOW THE SHOW WILL GO ON

Empire (UK) - - THE ULTIMATE AUTUMN PREVIEW -

What does The Walk­ing Dead

look like with­out An­drew Lin­coln? Even though it started with the story of Rick, the show very quickly grew into an ensem­ble. We’ve got Nor­man Ree­dus as Daryl, Melissa Mcbride’s Carol and Danai Gurira’s Mi­chonne. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to tell more sto­ries with them.

The new se­ries takes place a cou­ple of years af­ter the pre­vi­ous one. How does the time jump change things?

It opens up a new chap­ter. Ev­ery­thing looks dif­fer­ent and it gives us the op­por­tu­nity to start our char­ac­ters in a new place; to re­set. Fans that have been on this jour­ney for eight sea­sons will be re­warded for pay­ing at­ten­tion to things that have been seeded in be­fore. But for view­ers who have lapsed or want to come in on some­thing new other than war, this is a re­ally in­ter­est­ing

part of the story where our char­ac­ters are deal­ing with how you re­build, as the world it­self de­grades.

How does Ne­gan fea­ture in Sea­son 9? What I’ll say about Ne­gan [Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan], which I’m re­ally ex­cited about, is we’re go­ing to show sides of him that have not been part of the show up to this point. He’s been in a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion and we get to see a dif­fer­ent Ne­gan.

And the zom­bies? We’re start­ing to see that zom­bies, which have been de­grad­ing over the show, are even more de­graded than be­fore. Greg Ni­cotero and his great team have come up with some amaz­ing make-up en­hanced by our fan­tas­tic VFX team. We have one with part of its cheek rot­ted out. That’s one of the guilty plea­sures of this show: watch­ing these mon­sters am­bling around that are also works of art. JAMES WHITE

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