Every Friday at 10/9c AMC presents The Walking Dead Story Notes — real-time on-air trivia about the most recent episode of AMC’s zombie series. Tonight’s episode is Season 2 Episode 1, “What Lies Ahead.”
Daryl Dixon rides a ’71 Triumph motorcycle with a ’69 motor. Coincidentally, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, once worked in a motorcycle shop.
The first season was nominated for 3 Emmys, 5 Saturns, and a Golden Globe.
The zombies in The Walking Dead were created by legendary makeup effects guru Greg Nicotero. He and his team won an Emmy for “Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup” for Season 1.
Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) and Laurie Holden (Andrea) worked together in The Mist (2007). In that movie, they also had to choose between a nightmarish life and suicide.
Melissa McBride (Carol) also played an anxious mom in Mutant Species (1995) and The Mist (2007).
Before The Walking Dead, Sarah Wayne Callies was best known for her role on Prison Break.
Dale was going to travel the country with his wife, but she died of cancer before they could go.
The crossbow was first used in the Far East in the 4th Century B.C.
Andrea carries a Smith & Wesson 3913 “Ladysmith,” designed for smaller hands.
Pop Culture Notes
In George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead, the first zombies were seen in a graveyard.
Greg Nicotero: “Every single zombie that comes into our trailer is like a new clean canvas. Every day we create a new painting based on whoever sits on our chair.”
Laurie Holden (Andrea) on Season 2: “Things are only going to get darker and more intense.”
Season 1 Prop Master Mike Sabo: “Our show is all about how to kill zombies.”
Andrew Lincoln (Rick) on Chandler Riggs (Carl): “He’s brilliant… old before his years.”
Creator Robert Kirkman says, “This [is] a world where no one’s heard the word ‘zombie’ before.”
Andrew Lincoln on Rick: “The thing I enjoy about playing him is that he’s a kind of reluctant hero.”
Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori): “Man tries to force himself on you, and you can’t forgive that… but we’re at the end of the world… we have to have the capacity for forgiving unforgivable things.”
Jon Bernthal (Shane) on auditioning with Andrew Lincoln (Rick): “We had immediate chemistry. I love him like a brother and it’s just a real joy working with him.”
Creator and Executive Producer Robert Kirkman: “This is a very character driven endeavor… I hope to show you reflections of your friends, your neighbors, your families, and yourselves.”
Andrew Lincoln says Rick “is a deeply honorable man that gets eroded by the situation.”
Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd on the show: “It’s no-holds-barred TV… not to be gratuitous, but to be real and truthful.”
Notice they never call them “zombies” in this series.
There are about 120 extras playing walkers in one scene in this episode.
Most cars are too low to the ground for people to squeeze under. So the director said they used “soccer mom cars and redneck trucks” for this scene.
Madison Lintz (Sophia) says she was scared of the zombies until she actually talked to one on the set.
Featured zombies are nicknamed “hero zombies.”
The cast and crew used peppermint soap to keep ticks and mosquitos away on location.
Executive Producer Robert Kirkman wrote the award-winning graphic novels this show is based on. He says this season is “twice as good” as Season 1, “with a lot of twists and turns.”
When siphoning gas, it’s best to use a clear tube so you don’t accidentally swallow any.
Zombies can only be killed by destroying the brain.
The rotting smell of the dead helps hide the scent of the living.
To cover the most ground, they could use the “Average Maximum Detectable Range” method. With AMDR, each person sets his own search range based on their height and the environment.
The Walking Dead premiered on Halloween 2010.
Fort Benning is normally a two-hour drive from Atlanta. It could be well stocked with ammunition.
In the real world, up to two percent of the population survives by scavenging garbage.
T-Dog probably cut his radial or ulnar artery, the two main blood vessels of the forearm.
Some people say that tracking was the first science used by hunter-gatherers.
The laws of Georgia say you can carry a handgun if it’s in a case and unloaded.
Hand signals are used by Special Ops people like Navy Seals and SWAT teams.
A male deer is called a “buck” and a female deer is a “doe.” Only bucks have antlers.
As a rule, the zombies in The Walking Dead can move only as fast as the original zombies in Night of the Living Dead (1968), the George A. Romero classic that started it all.
This episode is the first time the survivors have seen zombies moving in a “herd.”Read More