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For a show that is on hiatus until October 2011, AMC's The Walking Dead has been in the news a lot lately. The release of the Season 1 DVD, followed shortly by announcements regarding action figures and videogames based on the comic, has fans chomping at the bit for more! Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, sat down with IGN to discuss the videogame and Season 2 of the show.

Kirkman was loath to give details on the videogame at this stage, although he did confirm that he is involved in the process with Telltale Games. "The game is at an early stage; we are in the process of mapping all this out now." He also confirmed that the game will take place in the comic book world and that it will be episodic in nature. Which is fantastic, as one of the reasons why the comic book translated so well to the TV medium is that both the comic and the TV show are episodic in nature; allowing for a depth of character development that you just wouldn't get in a film or another, more limited medium.

When IGN noted that the TV show made some significant departures from the comic in Season 1, Kirkman confirmed that Season 2 would "be circling back around but, like the entirety of the first season, there will always be divergences from the comic story to keep people on their toes." One major divergence that had comic fans reeling was that one of the points of the central love triangle ends up dead well before the events that end Season 1. Along with extending the lifeline of some characters, Kirkman said that he was excited about seeing other characters from the comic who didn't make it into the first season. "I'm looking forward to most every comic book character making it into the show, but I'm excited to see who we actually do get to." He named Michonne, Tyrese and Hershel as specific characters he was looking forward to, although with the caveat that he wasn't sure they'd make it in Season 2.

The Walking Dead videogame is scheduled for release in late 2011, right about when Season 2 is supposed to premiere. In their announcement for The Walking Dead, Telltale Games told CBR that the videogame would be a good way for someone who is a gamer, but who hasn't been a rabid fan of the comics or the TV show, to get into the franchise. What's next, a radio show? What other media could The Walking Dead conquer?


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