On Thursday. February 6th, Conan O'Brien did a very special episode dedicated to the AMC show, "The Walking Dead". The highest rated cable show returns with new episodes on Sunday night. The cold opening of "Conan" featured the host in full zombie makeup executed by Greg Nicotero, the artist that creates the walkers on the hit program. During the monologue, O'Brien featured a mashup of two crowd-pleasing television concepts- zombies and lesbians kissing. Conan called the outcome, "The least erotic thing I've ever seen, and I have a mirror above my bed."
His guests were Norman Reedus (Daryl), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Danai Gurira (Michonne), and Melissa McBride (Carol). Andrew Lincoln (Rick) was supposed to be there, but couldn't into Los Angeles fly because he was not feeling well. Conan called Glenn and Maggie the 'first couple of zombie romance'. They joked about the characters Glenn and Daryl hooking up eventually. Norman and Melissa sang a comedic song that could be the theme to a Daryl and Carol spinoff. Danai admitted to keeping swords in her trunk of her car that she claimed is like a purse to her.
Reedus and O'Brien discussed a comedy sketch that he did a few months back on "Conan" that was a fake behind-the-scenes video of Norman's first clumsy attempts at using his character's weapon of choice, a crossbow. Many viewers thought it was real. Hear is a link to the sketch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSWxQBq33hE. Reedus clearly needs to do comedy.
Conan only had one quip referring to the big news in late night television on an opposite network. Here's a brief background in case you forgot- Conan hosted "The Tonight Show" for a short time a few years ago before Jay Leno took it back. Leno's final (we think) episode aired on NBC the same night as this tribute to "The Walking Dead". O'Brien allowed himself one joke pertaining to this situation:
"The Olympics start airing tonight on NBC. That's right, NBC has the Olympics. It's a big deal. NBC will finally get to show somebody who's okay with passing the torch."