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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."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Everyone should stop complaining about the date for second season to start. As far as I'm concerned, an extra 2 to 4 months wait just means they are really putting their best effort into it. They can focus more on where the story is going to go, as well as polishing it up enough to make sure no mistakes are made.
I, for one, would not like to see another shotty looking explosion.

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~~~ dusty west ~~~
I love your comment.. to true!

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Seriously October????, by that time everyone will lose interest. Its a great show and if you want people to keep watching it, keep the people entertained. October is way too long

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the wisper is his wife is pregnant. wich creates a love triangle of whose baby is it. of course I'm guessing and if i'm right it will really be disapointing because that has been doen to death recently (rescue me, Glee ect) but you know i'm right

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i cannot wait for this show to start!!!!!!! what did he whisper? does he figure out that his friend and wife were messin around? does he see his friend and his son again? does his friend finally end his wife's suffering? and what is the deal with the one zombie who seemed to be aware??????????????????? these are things i need to know!!!!!!!!!!

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The walking dead was a great show with sollid writing and acting throughout. I missed it when it first aired last year but that gav me the chance to watch the 6 episodes back to back which i find is always best. The thing i really loved about this show was the feeling of dread and menace constantly lurking in the background. I had my doubts a zombie TV show would work but boy was i wrong. P.S. You just know the whisper Jenner gave Rick will turn out to be something to do with the blood samples taken when the group first arrived at CDC. I think it will be Shaun or Rick who's blood holds some secret. Rmember the army slaughtering everybody in the hospital? Well Shaun and Rick got out right. That's my guess anyway ;-)

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hey wut tha fuc r u thinking gettin me all siked bout this series aw but wait you cant watch ne more cuz we havent made it.. shithead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! really???????????

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OMG...... i love this film... i cant wait till october.... dont be so mean to ur fans... sooner its better u know.... think about it..
may be u'll change ur mind....

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I think you should invest iall in creating more series of Walking Dead... Forget about other programme, this is the thing, you finally got it, and i could understand 6 mnths waiting for 2nd serial, but 8 months is just too much, i'm already starting to lose my nerve :S

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really oct 2011 wtf is with these shows its bad enough you have seven episodes for the first season but to wait almost a whole year is utterly stupid .you will definitly lose fan intrest by making them wait