We have been tracking the helicopters on The Walking Dead for several seasons now. Last season on The Walking Dead, one of those helicopters with the three-ring symbol picked up Rick Grimes in the episode that marked his exit from the series. Meanwhile, we learned more about that three-ring symbol in the season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, namely that it’s associated with an outfit called CRM.
This weekend at New York Comic Con, Scott Gimple - the architect of The Walking Dead universe - provided some valuable insight into that three-ringed symbol, showing essentially how it connects the entire universe. “We’ve seen that three-circle symbol… those three circles, and I’m saying it here, represent three different civilizations that are bound and entwined in some ways and in some ways very, very different.” Gimple also added that one of those civilizations is in the new spin-off focused on a younger generation of survivors.
We can deduce a lot from that statement, first and foremost that the “M” in CRM likely refers to “Monument,” which is the working title of the new The Walking Dead spin-off. As we see in the trailer, it initially takes places in a shielded community of around 10,000 people, which looks very much like a pre-apocalypse civilization. In fact, if you look closely in the new trailer for the spin-off, you can see the CRM symbol on the jackets of two characters.
In other words, Monument bears a striking resemblance to another larger civilization from the comic-books, The Commonweh, which is probably what the “C” in CRM stands for. The Commonweh hasn’t made an appearance on The Walking Dead yet, but the series will be seeding that community in the tenth season, potentially with a new character, Princess, who we learned this weekend will be played by Paola Lázaro. She will make her debut in the 10th season of The Walking Dead and in the comics, she’s someone that Michonne meets on the way to The Commonweh.
What the “R” in CRM stands for remains a mystery, but it’s likely one of two communities. A villainous character named Ginny is trying to establish what sounds like a similar community on Fear the Walking Dead, and we do know that people from CRM have already visited that area in Texas. However, the “R” could also represent the community that Maggie is purportedly building with Georgie on The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, it was announced today that Lauren Cohan would be returning to The Walking Dead in the 11th season, which is when we may learn about the “R” community. It could potentially be that Ginny’s community on Fear the Walking Dead - set several years behind The Walking Dead - could morph into the community that Georgie and Maggie are building.
In either respect, these three communities - The Commonweh, Monument, and the Other One - will likely be the focus of the eventual Rick Grimes’ movies, which could see another The Walking Dead character join in Michonne.
What is dead may never die. That applies to both the AMC zombie franchise “The Walking Dead” as well as its undead inhabitants. The latest series from the “Walking Dead” franchise — following the original show and “Fear the Walking Dead” — has a creepy new trailer. Check it out below.
The series made its panel debut at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 5, with participants including the series’ co-creators — Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Matt Negrete and executive producer Robert Kirkman, along with cast members Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston, and Nico Tortorella.
The official synopsis, from AMC: “The third installment of the franchise will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad. Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series will premiere on AMC in spring 2020.”
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Season 10 of “The Walking Dead” airs its premiere this Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC. AMC announced that “The Walking Dead” was renewed for an 11th season on October 5. The post-apocalyptic series continues to drum up high ratings, so it doesn’t seem that AMC will be giving it the chop anytime soon. The trailer for this latest series, which is yet to be formally titled, features a female-driven cast.
IndieWire, back in March, reviewed the season nine finale of “The Walking Dead”: “It's been an oddly successful season of ‘The Walking Dead,’ despite the many narrative stops-and-starts baked in to accommodate various ‘new beginnings’ both in-story and on the creative side with new showrunner Angela Kang as well as the departure of two major characters. When your season has three time-jumps, things are clearly being shaken up, and while the initial jump forward of the premiere sought to put some distance between the frankly, awful Seasons 7 and 8, the departure of Andrew Lincoln meant that the opening episodes of Season 9 were all dedicated to setting up Rick's send off, only to ultimately see him shuffled off for a movie or two, rather than the cataclysmic death the audience expected… What's been most surprising is this year is how consistently solid the season has been, despite the herky-jerkiness of the plotting. There were certainly bumps in the road, like the needless obfuscation of Michonne's newfound isolationism and the ridiculous eventual explanation, but the Whisperers have turned into a satisfyingly serious threat, with the clever machinations of Alpha and the hulking physical threat of Beta.”
This past week, we got our first look at the second series to spin-off from AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead. The new series still doesn’t have a title, but the first trailer has been dubbed the next installment of The Walking Dead Universe, and for the first time ever, it focuses on two young female protagonists as part of the first generation to come-of-age in the wake of the zombie apocalypse. Though society seems to have gotten a little more “normal,” there’s still plenty danger lurking out in the world as a group of teens ventures out into it for themselves. But there may also be hope for a brighter future for these kids out there. Watch The Walking Dead spin-off trailer below.
The Walking Dead Spin-Off Trailer
This series does not look at all like what I was expecting. Seemingly a combination of a John Hughes-esque coming-of-age high school drama and The Walking Dead, we follow this group of teens as they figure their lives out in a world that makes growing up difficult in a variety of new ways. The zombie apocalypse is part of every day life now, but there’s still a past that haunts them. On top of that, we get flashbacks to their younger years when they weren’t so ready and willing to take matters into their own hands.
As someone who quickly lost interest in Fear the Walking Dead and eventually became bored with The Walking Dead, I gotta say that this looks rather intriguing. It helps that The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing the pilot, and I hope executive producers Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman and Matt Negrete can keep it from devolving back into standard zombie fare.
Aliyah Roayle, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston and Nico Tortorella star in the AMC series, which is slated to premiere sometime in the spring of 2020. But that’s not all The Walking Dead fans have to look forward to.
The Walking Dead Season 11 Ordered with a Surprise Return
Even though the 10th season of The Walking Dead doesn’t debut until tomorrow night, AMC has officially announced the renewal of show for an 11th season. And along with a whole new season comes the return of a cast member from the past.
Lauren Cohan will be back for the show’s 11th season after departing the series at the same time Andrew Lincoln bid farewell to all this zombie drama. The actress left to star in the series Whiskey Cavalier, but since it got canceled after just one season, Cohan will be a series regular on The Walking Dead again. It’s not clear if she’ll end up returning as a guest star sometime within the 10th season, but at the very least she’ll be back once season 11 comes around.
During her appearance at New York Comic-Con via The Hollywood Reporter, Cohan said:
“It’s completely surreal. It feels just like home. It feels so emotional. It feels really, really emotional. I feel like this is a very special Comic-Con and a very special family and I’m really happy to be here.”
As for the 11th season overall, Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios, said in a statement:
“ The Walking Dead burst out of the gate ten years ago as a genre show that had all the character depth of a top-tier prestige drama. And now ten years later — led by the brilliant Angela Kang and fueled by one of the most consistently talented casts in television — this phenomenon is flourishing creatively, with critics and audiences embracing its reset. We’re delighted to welcome back Lauren Cohan, she has meant so much to this show and its passionate, global fanbase, who are in for a fantastic ride over the coming months.”
Cohan may be missing out on one of the most pivotal arcs of The Walking Dead comics though. The 10th season will cover the Whisperer War, dealing with the villains who arrived in season nine. And since that’s one of the final storylines from the comics, which came to and end out of nowhere this past summer, we could be looking at the end of the series in the near future as well. But there’s always a chance the show could last beyond the comic source material.
The mysterious third series set within the Walking Dead universe is shaking off some shrouds of secrecy.
While a title remains unannounced, co-creators Scott M. Gimple and Matt Negrete chief content officer of the greater franchise and showrunner of the third series respectively took to the New York Comic Con stage to announce new details about their story, which they compared to coming-of-age tales like Stand By Me, focusing on a young generation of survivors who know little else other than the world of the dead, and yet have not had to confront the dead themselves — not yet, at least.
The scope of the series was further expanded upon in a brand new trailer, one that shows off the vast cast of characters, including Aliyah Royale as Iris, Annet Mahendru as Huck, Alexa Mansour as Hope, Nicolas Cantu as Elton, Hal Cumpston as Silas and Nico Tortorella as Felix. The series is set to debut in the spring of 2020.
"They've grown up in the apocalypse," said Gimple. "They're aware of walkers. They haven't interacted with them. They've beenbeyond walls. That makes any journey they need to make incredibly dangerous. They are affected in different ways by what happened. They don't remember much of a world without walkers. This is the normal world for them, but they've been apart from it. They've been in safety. There's a quest aspect to this show. They're going somewhere. They have to leave this place of safety to put themselves in a position where they have to fight for their survival and what they believe in. It's a different kind of story in the world of The Walking Dead, and it introduces a new world."
Watch the trailer:
Gimple teased that the civilization featured in the third Walking Dead series ties into the same mysterious three-circle entity that's been teased across both the flagship series and Fear the Walking Dead — the same insignia on the helicopter that took Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln away to parts unknown. Gimple said those three circles represent three different civilizations "bound and entwined" in some ways: "The placecome from is associated with one of those circles."
The series begins in the midwest, though the "quest aspect" takes the young men and women off to further flung corners of the world. As for ways in which the new drama and the flagship Walking Dead differ: the zombies are not known as "walkers." They are known as "empties." As for different types of characters, Nico Tortorella said his character, Felix, is queer, and represents one of the great truths of the show's universe: "The only binaries in the zombie apocalypse are dead and alive."
While the characters on this show will use different types of weapons developed for the apocalypse, representing a "jump in technology," there won't be a jump in time: the series takes place roughly ten years following the start of the zombie apocalypse, which means the flagship Walking Dead and the new series are aligned much more closely in time than some may have expected.
"This is one of those big things that's happening during The Walking Dead," said Gimple, "but they don't know anything about each other."
It's unclear if any characters from either The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead will have roles in the third series. Stars and fan favorites Norman Reedus Daryl and Melissa McBride Carol have "franchise deals" that allow them to move freely among all corners of the universe, for example. However, Gimple suggested that a crossover between the new series and the existing ones is not only likely, but inevitable.
"This is a whole new mythology in the world of The Walking Dead but this mythology has touched both shows," he said. "It's very much on its own but there are points where there is crossover, and there may be bigger points in the future."
Ninja zombies? Exec producers of The Walking Dead released one detail, one word only, about the highly anticipated movie spin-offs of the long-running franchise — it’s “ninjas.”
At a raucous panel with 1,000-plus fans at New York Comic Con, one devotee asked Scott Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe and series executive producer, for some color on the upcoming pics. What is known is that they continue the story of series hero Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln. He was last seen wounded and whisked away by strangers in a helicopter at the end of Season 9 after saving the remnants of civilization. He won't appear in Season 10, which debuts Sunday, Oct. 6.
“Ninjas,” Gimple said. “You really got me on this one. We are working on it right now and hope to have some news for you in the next month of two.”
“News with ninjas!” exclaimed Chris Hardwick, host of Talking Dead, who moderated the 11-member Comic Con panel of producers and cast.
Gimple acknowledged a bit later his answer had been “terrible” and elaborated, sort of, implying that the films travel to new places — both in the movie theater, and perhaps beyond.
“There are a lot of things that have been going on in The Walking Dead outside of these characters' imaginations, of what they know. We will be exploring this through the movie, through Rick Grimes, and even beyond that, opening up the world of The Walking Dead,” he said.
Season 10 will likely feature new cities. The terrifying Whisperers, humans who wear walkers' what characters call zombies skins, will take center stage, said producers said.
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A pufferfish is sliced. Poison is stashed into a shoe. An unwitting victim Mackenson Bijou puts on that shoe and walks the street of 1962 Haiti. Then he falls dead. He is buried. The corpse appears to hear the beat of dirt shoving on his casket. Inexplicably, the scene cuts to the walking corpse being dragged to a sugarcane farm. Now a “zombi,” he is forced into slavery with others like him. As automation with head bowed, the zombi slaves have no will to break from orders. Until one day, when the zombi breaks from slave labor and watches his civilization from the distance.
This tale is lifted from the strange case of Clairvius Narcisse, a real-life documented “zombi”, a man who was buried alive before he returned to his society. His tale also inspired Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow. “Zombi” is the Haitian-French original spelling of the widely-known “Zombie.” And the “Zombi” of Zombi Child isn’t your conventional Hollywood walking dead. While Clairvius moans, elicit glassy stares, and gaits with bodily convulsions, Clairvius’s zombi form bears flesh that looks healthy on the outside rather than visibly torn. But his pain is inward, a starving for release from an ache he cannot articulate even when he finds the will to depart from the grueling labor.
55 years later in present-day France, a white teenager, Fanny Louise Labèque, at a private school pens letters to her unseen boyfriend. As she pours over her perpetual pining for her lover, she recruits one of the few black classmates, Mélissa Wislanda Louimat, into her sorority. As her sorority welcomes their new initiate, they learn that Melissa is an orphaned survivor of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and raised by her aunt Tatiana Wilfort. The sorority finds something off about Melissa, though she is simply engaging in her own cultural intimacy. Melissa has a routine of drenching herself in her own world in private, dancing to herself or uttering sounds that intrigue her new friends.
Director Bertrand Bonello toys with the common concepts of the zombie—or “zombi”—by juggling genres: high school, horror, and walking dead. In a jump scare cut, we see Mélissa’s school generally regards zombies in their traditional pop culture monstrous husk, watching them from horror trailers on their phones. To them, zombies are sulking shells of siphoned souls wandering the Earth and feeding on the living. But as the film divulges Mélissa’s status as Clairvius’ descendant, it reveals that Mélissa holds dear a different idea of the zombi form.
The film leaves the audience to dwell on the teased connection between the past and present lives. Zombi Child links the French colonization of Haiti to Clairvius’s unfortunate condition. For Clairvius, the history of colonization haunts his slavery status, which transforms him into a somber family tale for Mélissa. But for the modern France, it thrives on the history of colonization. Note that the private school celebrates Napoleon, the man who colonized Haiti, as a hero of “reason.” But this colonization manifests unpleasantly in Mélissa’s transition to a new environment. Though she seems happy to be part of a new group, she does show apprehension with her adjustment into French society, a sorrow that seems downplayed for self-preservation. “Think of the [school] uniform as equality,” her well-meaning aunt Katiana Milfort tells her through the phone.
Bonello’s ens a white girl’s desire to satirical lengths. Fanny pines for her lover, Pablo, whom we never see onscreen other than in fantasy sequences, where he’s a smoldering shirtless man of color, suggesting fetishization driving her infatuation. Her pining leads to a desperate measure that she can’t admit is blasphemous: her reaching into the black culture for solutions. When Mélissa’s aunt, a mambo, points out that this heartbreak can heal, Fanny insists that her suffering must not be ranked and partakes in a spirituality she should have no part in.
Whether or not you catch on to the meaning of its warped and spellbinding climax, Zombi Child meritoriously wields slow-burn for an electrifying payoff. Zombi Child marches to an innocuous and bone-chilling beat before unfurling its tapestry of the sacred, absurd, and tragic. But counterbalancing its nuttiness is an ending that represents recovery, the finalization of humanity restored.