The Walking Dead Season Two Tease: What's In a Whisper?

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"Anytime you can end a season of a television show with a giant explosion, I say you go for it."

So laughed executive producer Robert Kirkman about this week's episode of The Walking Dead, which saw the survivors enter the Center for Disease Control, learn more about their plight (the outbreak is a global crisis) - and get out before the facility self-destructed.

This storyline was not included in the graphic novel series, which Kirkman created, but he told TV Guide that's fine with him.

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"I'm very much opposed to showing what the actual cause [for the zombies] is and explaining how things work," Kirkman says. "But teasing a little bit is a great thing. If it adds an extra layer to the drama, then I'm all for it. It also led up to the fantastic mystery of the whisper Jenner gives to Rick at the end of that scene. That's going to play into Season 2 quite a bit. I know where that's going and it's really a cool bit."

Kirkman is also okay with the series diverging from his stories because he doesn't want the show spelled out for those who have read his books.

"One thing that's very important to me is that no one comes into this television show having read the comic knowing exactly what's going to happen," he says. "We're always going to change things up and keep people guessing."

So, what can fans expect to see on season two of The Walking Dead, which won't premiere until October 2011?

  • Hershel's farm.
  • The introduction of Maggie, a love interest for Glenn.
  • The introduction of Michonne, a sword-wielding survivor.
  • More of Merle.

"I am very open to the show being its own animal," Kirkman says. "And there [may be] certain things that are done that make it impossible to do something else from the comic book. As long as the show is entertaining and I am happy with how it's turning out, I think anything goes."

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my name is chandarana i love many zombie films they are realy creepy and i get scared bollywood films are creepy as well


I love Merle, but i love his brother Daryl even more...


Yep, I'm guessing the whisper was about what happens in the comics. After you die, you become a zombie. No bite needed. Everyone is infected. If it's about Lori being pregnant, that's gonna be a let down.


What i think he whispered to Rick, is that he (Rick) was infected and died in he hospital (the scene in which Shane didnt hear a heartbeat coming from him, but somehow he didnt revive as a walker, but just revived as himself showing him as a carrier of a cure or some kind of natural immunity


'As for what Dr. Jenner whispered to Rick in the Season 1 finale, I was told on the carpet that there was originally a line written that they threw out. Lincoln told me something was actually said in his ear. Yes, everyone assumes it's about Lori being pregnant, but no one will confirm it. Kirkman joked about babies being a trend on AMC shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad and that the network might ask for one here.' this is a quote from another website and I cant see Robert kirkman using that plot as it is far too obvious a storyline and as he keeps saying he wants to surprise the audience with what they eventually see, I think what he's said is in connection to what they are against out there when they leave


It's too long of a wait. But what can you do. I'll be watching.


I think that what jenner whispered to rick is that lori is pregnant because he took everyones blood and tested it :O


with merle cutting his hand off is that cancelling out the fact rick has his cut off?


i think that they should make a fist fucking scene with the merl fisting a zombie, then he gives it head and blows on his face with hes juicy zombie cum.


Merles the freakin man hopefully he goes all evil dead and puts a chainsaw on that stub!!

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The Walking Dead Quotes

You walk outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you breath and you risk your life. You don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.


How many walkers have you killed? How many people have you killed? Why?