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Stephen King to write an episode of 'The Walking Dead'?

Chicago's Comic and Entertainment Expo was this past weekend, and it sounds like the panel for The Walking Dead was one of the highlights. Some updates for Season 2, courtesy of IGN, include the fact that Stephen King is in talks to write an episode for Season 2. This should come as no surprise to fans of King, or cinephiles in general, as Frank Darabont (executive producer and force behind the series) has written screenplays for and directed three of King's works as super-successful films: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Teaming up for an episode of The Walking Dead seems like a perfect storm of horror-comic goodness.

The actors on the panel didn't reveal which episode King would be writing, or whether Darabont would direct the King episode, but they did say that Darabont would not be directing the season premiere. It is likely he will direct one later in the season, however.

Jon Bernthal (Shane in the series) and Laurie Holden (Andrea) gave some insight as to their own character arcs in Season 2. Holden revealed that her character, Andrea, will have to work through her sister's death and her own subsequent suicide attempt in the Season 1 finale. But fans of the comic book will be pleased to hear that this drives Andrea along the path that she takes in the comic, "emerging as a warrior". It'll be a nice change from the girl who didn't know her gun wasn't loaded in "Guts"! Bernthal also hinted that his character, Shane, will have a difficult journey this season. Season 2, for Shane, will be an exploration of his loneliness and solitude. "Shane screwed up pretty big at the end of the first season. We are going to see a guy who is really, really lonely." He went on to explain, "He's with the people he loves, but can't be with them the way he wants to; you're going to see the best and the worst of Shane in Season 2." Bernthal couldn't answer the big question regarding Shane - whether or not the TV character would be meeting the fate of his comic-book counterpart, who died early on in the series; but Frank Darabont's statement in early March that Shane would remain with the show for the foreseeable future has fans of the character, and the show, breathing a sigh of relief.

In an interview with IGN, at C2E2, Bernthal said that his favorite scenes from the first season were those with the whole ensemble together. "A lot of times in TV group scenes are sort of a nightmare - it gives everybody a chance to sit back and let someone else do the acting. And I think that's really the thing that this group and this show is all about. Just firing it up and getting it going, it's a testament to how game everybody is on this show."

See also:

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