Could The “Prominent Gay Character” Be an Aaron/Jesus Remix? Gimple Dishes on New Character in Season 5B

Spoilers for The Walking Dead comic book and television show – you have been warned.

aaron-the-walking-deadDuring the midseason finale of The Talking Dead, Robert Kirkman revealed that a “prominent gay character” from the comic book series would be introduced during the back half of Season 5 of The Walking Dead.

With rumors circling of the upcoming appearance of the Alexandria Safe Zone during season 5B, most fans of the comic book assumed that a man by the name of Aaron would be the next comic specific character to be introduced in the show. Aaron is introduced in Issue 67 of The Walking Dead, and is dubbed as a recruiter for the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Together with his boyfriend, Eric, they scoured the surrounding areas for survivors they deemed worthy of joining the ASZ – this is how Rick and his band of survivors eventually get to the Safe-Zone.

However, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scott Gimple was questioned as to whether Aaron would be making an appearance as the prominent gay character from the comics that Kirkman promised, and he made it seem as though it might not be the character that everyone is expecting: Continue reading

UPDATE: The Walking Dead Spin-Off to Be Set in Los Angeles

Update: 12/16/2014

TheWalkingDead.com has officially reported that The Walking Dead Companion series will be set in the Los Angeles area.

This comes as little surprise as we announced on Saturday that the filming location would be Los Angeles. But, now it’s official! There is no word whether the story will stay in Los Angeles full-time, or if just the pilot episode will be filmed there.

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There has been so much hype and drama over the new The Walking Dead companion series in the recent weeks. First it was reported that the series would be filmed in Pennsylvania until we were able to disprove that. Then three principle roles were cast for the series that is now being dubbed as “Cobalt”. Since then, no news has arisen…until today.

According to Reddit user KiddMicks, his/her neighborhood is now being scouted for the upcoming spinoff series set to be filmed and released in 2015. KiddMicks claims to have received a letter from Key Assistant Location Manager, Ted Kim – who appears to have worked on a number of series and movies including “Law & Order: LA” and 2014’s movie “Sextape”. Continue reading

A Look Ahead to Season 5B of ‘The Walking Dead’

Check out this newly released video featuring the actors and producers chatting about the back half of Season 5. From the looks of it, the show isn’t getting any happier any time soon. The Walking Dead returns Sun., Feb. 8th at 9/8c, only on AMC.

What are you hoping to see in the second half of Season 5? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

The Walking Dead Comics Heading to Uncharted Territory in Issue #139?

Holy crap! TheWalkingDead.com just released two new covers for Issues #138 and #139 of The Walking Dead. The cover for Issue 138 seems to imply that The Whisperers storyline is still occurring; however, 138 marks the official end of the “A New Beginning” arch. Will The Whisperers make it past Issue 138, or will they meet a relatively early demise?

We have a feeling that The Whisperers storyline will be wrapped up relatively soon – especially since we have yet to see any of Michonne or the remaining Saviors since the time-hop. There is a lot of story to tell, and fans are itching to find out what’s been going on with Michonne since the end of All Out War.

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That brings us to the cover for Issue 139, which is even MORE tantalizing. The issue is dubbed “From the Edge of the World” – and from the looks of it, The Walking Dead universe is about to get a whole lot bigger. Has Rick Grimes established trade routes with other states or countries? Those do look a bit like Asian-style sails, but there are also a number of newer looking luxury boats. Alexandria, Virginia is located on the banks of the Potomac River, which connects to countless other waterways, as well as the Atlantic Ocean – so the possibilities are endless!

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Even better news for fans of The Walking Dead comic book series – March 2015 will be a double-release month!

Based on these new covers, what are you guys anticipating will happen in the coming issues? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

‘The Walking Dead’ – What Kind Of (Half) Season Has It Been?

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Spoiler Warning for Season 5A of The Walking DeadSpoilers Lurk Within!

Aaaand breathe. By now, every fan of The Walking Dead may have just about come to terms with the events of the mid-season finale, if not entirely accepted it and begun a petition. It was a gut punch amid a season full of gut punches and I feel this season in particular is one that started on an upswing and continued in this vein as it unfolded. There are so many different elements to talk about from this first 8, so I’ll try and get to as many of them as I can, while keeping this short and sweet…unlike this intro.

There’s More Than One Leader

I feel this first half of the season really belonged to four characters – Carol, Daryl, Abraham and Beth. These were the characters that the standalone episodes of the season chose to focus on and both the writers and the actors knocked it out of the park. Whether it was Carol singlehandedly saving the group from Terminus, Daryl going to painstaking lengths to get his trusty crossbow back, Abraham discovering that the mission that was his sole driving force was in fact based on a lie, or Beth well and truly shedding the farm girl personality we met in Season 2, each of the characters deservedly got their chance to shine in a show that’s ensemble has grown at an exponential rate. I think it speaks to the richness of storytelling that The Walking Dead offers and is a testament to the writers of the series that they can juggle so many characters and different threads to the story without it ever feeling convoluted or too dense, a balancing act that is skillfully managed by showrunner Scott M. Gimple. Continue reading

The Walking Dead Gift Ideas for Christmas – 2014 Edition

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit? The Walking Dead Enthusiasts sure are! If you caught the latest podcast episode entitled “Coda” then you heard several holiday gift ideas from podcast host Ryan. Below we have a collection of some killer gift ideas for the holidays, all of which are The Walking Dead themed!

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The Walking Dead: Compendium One

The Walking Dead wouldn’t be a massive AMC hit television show without the original comic book. Honestly, if you haven’t read the comic yet, what are you waiting for?! See where the comic differs from the show – from the characters to the most important story lines. The comic book is pretty graphic and covers a range of adult topics, so we caution you if purchasing for a child. Then again, if they watch the television show, there shouldn’t be anything too shocking in there! With The Walking Dead: Compendium One, you’ll get giant book that covers issue 1-48. Happy reading!

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The Walking Dead Seasons 1-4 DVD

Have a special someone that you want to convert into a The Walking Dead fanatic? Why not get them up to speed with seasons 1-4 all bundled together on DVD or Blu-ray? Watch Rick navigate the zombie apocalypse in Season 1, visit the farm in Season 2, conquer the prison in Season 3 and battle The Governor in Season 4! This bundle doesn’t include the first half of Season 5, but by the time they receive the gift, they very well may be all caught up for Season 5B which premieres early February 2015.

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Telltale Games: The Walking Dead – Game of the Year

We’ve seen The Walking Dead start out as just a comic book then evolve into a television show. The success of the hit zombie drama has even turned the franchise into a video game by Telltale Games. Gamers will get a touching story of a girl named Clementine as she makes her way through the post-apocalyptic world. The game is broken down in episodes, all of which are contained in the Game of the Year edition. The Walking Dead Enthusiasts HIGHLY recommend this game for fans of the franchise. It tells a completely different story, but holds true to the overall dark nature of the show.

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The Walking Dead Novel Collection – The Governor Series

Have you watched the show, up to-date on the comic book and even played the Telltale game? Bookworms should appreciate this collection then. A bundle of five novels based in The Walking Dead universe written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga is up for purchase. The novels cover different character story lines not seen in the comic book or the television series. For instance, learn about the back story of The Governor – how did he become the super villain that he is?

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The Walking Dead Board Games

Like Ryan said in the latest podcast episode, many of us head home to our families for the holidays. There are plenty of board games that can be played with friends and family that are The Walking Dead related. These board games span from Monopoly, Trivia, Risk to even Yahtzee. There are even original versions of the game not based on classics. You can find one game based on the television series and one based on the comic book! They’re both confusing as all hell, but worth an attempt in you’re a super fan.

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The Walking Dead Figurine Collection

Decorate your shelves in your room, house, office, bathroom (hey, we don’t judge) with The Walking Dead figurine collection. There are a wide range of different figures you can purchase from Dorkside Toys – Funko Pop! Vinyl and McFarlane Toys are the most popular these days. Have Glenn and Beth watch the living room, Rick Grimes can cover the kitchen, toss some walkers around the halls and even let Sebastian’s favorite character Daryl protect you while you sleep.

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The Walking Dead Threads

Want to show off your love for The Walking Dead? Why not roam the streets, malls or even cozy up to at home with some The Walking Dead style clothing. Might we suggest our most popular print, “It’s Mrs. Daryl Dixon to You, Bitch” t-shirt? Don’t let any ladies move in your man!

What are some of your favorite Walking Dead related gifts? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to add them to the list!

‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series Casts 3 Character Roles!

After last week’s debacle about the spin off series filming somewhere in Pennsylvania, we’ve finally been given some real news about the upcoming The Walking Dead companion series. As most of you know, the untitled companion series will explore the days following the initial onset of the same zombie apocalypse The Walking Dead is set in, but in a different location.

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While news has been relatively quiet regarding the spin-off for a while, this week saw a couple major announcements regarding the series. Earlier this week, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm) were cast as a brother/sister duo. Dillane will play Nick, a recovering drug addict; while Debnam Carey will play an ambitious character by the name of Ashley. Both will play the children of the yet to be cast character Nancy Tomkins, a guidance counselor.

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Today it was announced that Cliff Curtis (Gang Related, Missing) was cast as male lead Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife Andrea, and is described as a good man who tries to do right by everyone in his life.

Not only has the spin-off gained three new actors, it’s also been given a “code name” for the pilot episode; Cobalt. Since the show hasn’t actually been given a series order, it’s likely that Cobalt will be the name of the pilot, and not the name of the entire series.

The pilot episode will be co-written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, with Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert executive producing, and Adam Davidson directing.

What are you hoping to see from The Walking Dead companion series? Are you afraid it will be more of the same, or are you expecting some exciting storylines? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

#63 – “The Impossible Shot” – E8:S5 – “Coda”

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Wow, the midseason finale was crazzzzzy. While we enjoyed the first half of season five, we did have a few issues with the way the Season 5A ended. All in all, this might just be the best season of The Walking Dead yet – believe it, or not! Make sure to sound off with your thoughts on the midseason finale in the comments section below!

On this episode of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast we discuss:

  • Season 5/Episode 8 entitled “CODA”
  • When are episode details no longer considered spoilers?
  • The PA spin-off series casting controversy!
  • Other spin-off related casting news
  • Beth’s impossible death shot
  • Where is Rick and co. headed next?
  • Zombie Kill of the Week, Episode Ratings and Pick of the Week!
  • Plans for off-season

Dennis’ Pick of the Week: Into the Dead – a super simple runner style game for your mobile device.

Sebastian’s Pick of the Week: Cool documentary about The Walking Dead Comics: A Decade of the Dead.

Ryan’s Pick of the Week: Multiple Christmas presents for The Walking Dead fanboy or girl in your life! We’ll have a full list on our website within the next few days!

If you would like to be included in the show; whether it’s general comments about the new episode, sharing your Zombie Kill of the Week, or if you have your own Pick of The Week, feel free to email us at thewalkingdeadenthusiasts@gmail.com.

You can also keep in touch by LIKING us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. We also have a toll-free ZOMB-line where you can call in and leave your thoughts: 347.699.6621.

If you enjoyed this week’s show – please head over iTunes and subscribe to our show. Feel free to leave us a rating and some feedback so we can further improve our show!

Be sure to visit our sponsors Loot Crate and Dorkside Toys and buy some toys for the nerds in your life!

Thanks everyone for a great first half of the season! We’ll be back periodically throughout the midseason hiatus to bring you brand spanking new episodes of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast!

#63 – “How About a Side of Filler With That Turkey?” – E7:S5 – “Crossed”

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With only one episode remaining before the dreaded midseason hiatus, what’s in store for Rick and his band of survivors? Will the group successfully recover Beth and Carol without loosing any members, or will it be a midseason bloodbath? We discuss this and more on the most recent episode of our podcast – Episode 7 “Crossed.”

On this episode of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast we discuss:

  • Season 5/Episode 7 entitled “Crossed”
  • Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads – what’s your preference?
  • Do they need to start killing off more characters?
  • Was Emily Kinney spotted on the S5 finale set?
  • Is Sasha turning into the new Andrea?
  • Pooping adventure with Sebastian and Ryan
  • The meaning of CODA aka the midseason finale’s episode title
  • Zombie Kill of the Week, Episode Ratings and Pick of the Week!

Dennis’ Pick of the Week: Zombies, Monsters and Robots on Steam. A bit like Gears of War and it’s 100% free, even better!

Sebastian’s Pick of the Week: How Everything Goes to Hell During a Zombie Apocalypse from the Oatmeal.com.

Ryan’s Pick of the Week: Zombie Fungus that infects ants – say whaaa?

If you would like to be included in the show; whether it’s general comments about the new episode, sharing your Zombie Kill of the Week, or if you have your own Pick of The Week, feel free to email us at thewalkingdeadenthusiasts@gmail.com.

You can also keep in touch by LIKING us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. We also have a toll-free ZOMB-line where you can call in and leave your thoughts: 347.699.6621.

If you enjoyed this week’s show – please head over iTunes and subscribe to our show. Feel free to leave us a rating and some feedback so we can further improve our show!

Be sure to visit our sponsors Loot Crate and Dorkside Toys and buy some toys for the nerds in your life!

We’ll be back next week with a brand spanking new episode of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast reviewing the midseason finale, Episode 8 of Season 5 “CODA”.

Bullshit Alert: Walking Dead Companion Series to Film in Pennsylvania in December?

This is a developing story. We’ve reached out to Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead, to confirm whether this is a legit casting call. Additionally, we submitted an inquiry to the Craigslist add for more information. We will update this post with additional details as they become available.

UPDATE #1: 12/1/2014

As of today, all but 2 of the original Craigslist ads have been pulled from Craigslist.

Update #2: 12/1/2014

As of 6PM EST, all Craigslist ads have been removed and/or flagged from Craigslist.

Additionally, new details about the supposed “The Walking Dead” companion series casting call in Bucks County, PA have emerged. We received a number of emails from people looking to determine the legitimacy of the “audition”. Fortunately, enough people provided us emails to compare them all and determine that this is likely a scam by It Factor Productions.

In the emails provided to TWDEnthusiasts.com, Tina, the Director of Talent Services at It Factor Productions, reached out to inform hopefuls that the casting directors “really loved your look” and would be “interested in auditioning you for some extra work or possibly a principal role.” Oh boy, lucky you!!

When you do a little digging about the company, the reviews are less than stellar – most reviews claim that the company tries to get you to pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars, before you ever get cast.

Here is the full transcript of the email, so you can compare the email you received with the email everyone in the Bucks County, PA area received:

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Hi [insert YOUR name here],

Auditions are being held this Tuesday and Wednesday only for AMC walking Dead at 6:45 PM in North E Phili at 210 E Street Road

(You are receiving this message because you recently applied to a casting for walking Dead: Casting Details Below)

My name is Tina director of talent services with the It Factor Productions and after carefully reviewing your photos and information, our directors requested that I schedule you in for an open call/audition this Tuesday or Wednesday 12/2/2014 – 12/3/2014 at 6:45 Pm! The directors really love your look and think you will be a strong asset for the show. We are currently interested in auditioning you for some extra work or possibly a principal role. We would like to get you working on set as early as next week if possible.

Some Key Information for you to Know About Your Audition:

At the audition you will be given a script to audition with and we will also have your measurements and some quick digital’s taken. It is vital that you confirm your attendance with me via email ASAP. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask via email or by phone at 215-322-8200

Auditions will be taking place in North East Philadelphia at:

210 E Street Rd Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053

Please arrive 10-15 mins early!

I know that you may have some questions! With that said, please review the Talent Interview Guide before coming in: http://theitfactorproductions.com/talent-interview-guide/

Please understand, due to the shooting dates, it is vital that you get back to me A.S.A.P. Please confirm your attendance by replying to this email. Dress code is business trendy. If you arrive looking like a mess, you will not be given an opportunity to audition.

Make sure you have proper directions to our office before leaving. Here is a link to our office, with map: http://goo.gl/V43EoM

Also, if you want check out other upcoming auditions and projects via The It Factor Productions, just follow this link for a Google search: http://bit.ly/1hC6o7c

Thanks! Please confirm! :)

Tina

To your success,
Tina Cooper – Director of Talent Services
The It Factor Productions

Lower Southampton Village
210 East Street Road, Suite 2A
Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
www.theitfactorproductions.com
Phone: 1-215-322-8200

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With all of this being said, it’s pretty clear that this is a scam by It Factor Productions to garner money from unsuspecting fans of The Walking Dead franchise – kudos to them for drawing the attention. While we can not 100% confirm the legitimacy of this casting call, there are many red flags to consider before wasting your time going to this “audition”:

  • Everyone who applied is receiving the exact same email from “Tina”
  • Would AMC/The Walking Dead really be casting for a show a WEEK before they are set to start shooting? Has The Walking Dead ever had open castings for “principal roles”?
  • All Craigslist ads have been either flagged or removed, which tells us that AMC likely caught on and threw the lawyers at them.

If you did apply for this casting call, and decide to go in for the interview, email us with your experience at thewalkingdeadenthusiasts@gmail.com.

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Finally some new details about the recently announced Walking Dead spin-off series has arrived! After months of anticipation, the world has finally learned a couple of small details about the show; however this time, it’s in regards to production schedules.

A couple of ads posted on Craigslist are calling for extras and principal roles for AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. The release reveals that filming will begin in mid-December in none other than Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Continue reading