And I’m not talking about the character that’s already bitten the dust on Herschel’s farm, but another one — someone you may actually care about this time. I’ve been hemming and hawing if I should actually tell you precisely who might become zombie food, because the news is merely based on a recent casting update for another television series, TNT’s upcoming Frank Darabont produced “L.A. Noir.” Ultimately, I’ve decided that if you really want to be possibly spoiled, you can read the sources I’m about to link to. Otherwise you can be secure in the knowledge that the second half of season two, premiering February 12 on AMC, will at least have higher stakes than the first.
Variety reported the casting of a current “The Walking Dead” survivalist as merely that, and then Vulture jumped on the prospect that the decision also meant the performer would have to leave the first show in order to star as the lead in the new one. It’s all circumstantial and based on the supposition that it will be really hard for said thespian to appear in two series that shoot simultaneously on opposite coasts of the country. That seems pretty valid, and it doesn’t hurt that the mysterious actor/actress might very well have been the one TV Line reported wanted to be so loyal to Darabont, after AMC unceremoniously shit-canned the director and showrunner, that they asked to be written off of “The Walking Dead.”
But the main reason why the story, and thus the spoiler, is believable is because the death of this particular character on the show would tie directly into the original Image comic book series. Granted, it would come a little later in the apparent storyline than it initially occurred. Still, fans of the comic have been expecting this moment since before the end of season one, so they’ve probably had it figured out well before now and this will just confirm what they already know. Whether this will make the second season of “The Walking Dead” more than a wash is hard to tell, but the impact might mean more at this point than it did in the comic. So it’s got that going for it, which is nice.
Of course, like all things, the execution is what matters more than anything else. Let’s just hope this one goes better — for the audience, if not the characters — than much of the previous. Feel free to speculate in the comments, just, y’know, don’t spoil nothin’.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He thinks the actor-in-question will probably do well in a period 40s/50s noir, but he will lament the loss of them on “Dead” simply because they’re one of the few bright spots in that apocalyptic program.