AMC’s “Talking Dead” ran Sunday night with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests, show creator Robert Kirkman and “True Blood’s” Joe Manganiello. The topic of discussion was Sunday’s episode of “the Walking Dead,” titled “Home.”
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Hardwick describes the episode as the Governor dropping a “Walker Bomb” on the prison. Manganiello explains that he’s a fan of the comics because he’s friends with Taran Killam (currently on Saturday Night Live), and he gave Manganiello the books for a gift a few years ago.
Kirkman describes the Governor’s attack as a show of force, to not only test the defenses at the prison but to also discourage the survivors from trying to counter-attack. Manganiello says the comics version of the Governor was more sinister, and the one on TV is more of a Wizard of Oz-style character. Hardwick describes him as more of a politician initially.
Hardwick asks why the group was so unprepared, and Kirkman says they’re dealing with a lot, and it would be hard to be prepared for an assault like that. Hardwick says when Daryl made the save, he actually fist-pumped while watching the show.
A caller asks how Shane would have handled the Governor, and Kirkman says he would have probably led them into a full-frontal assault on Woodbury and gotten them all killed.
Manganiello thinks Glenn had the right idea in assassinating the Governor. Hardwick says Michonne is great with the sword, but not a good shot.
A caller asks if the Governor would consider taking Judith to replace Penny, and Kirkman jokingly says he has kids, and maybe the Governor is enjoying single life now without his undead daughter. They discuss the Governor’s plans and why he’s keeping Andrea in the town, but Kirkman can’t reveal any information other than it might have been done to try and keep Andrea from going back to the prison.
In the poll question for this week, Hardwick asks if Rick’s group should make a stand at the prison. The two choices are “Yes, the prison is their only chance for survival,” and “No, take the fight to Woodbury.”
Hardwick and Manganiello discuss him being Flash Thomas in the original Spider-Man movie. Then in an audience question, someone asks why Maggie pushed Glenn away. Manganiello says it’s her coming to terms with a traumatic experience. Hardwick says guys are idiots who get too wrapped up in what did or didn’t happen, and Glenn made the situation about himself.
Hardwick asks about Lori, and Kirkman says she’s not a ghost, she’s just a vision of a happier time for Rick. Hardwick asks Kirkman if Lori’s really dead, since Kevin Smith last week said he didn’t believe she was dead since there was no body. Kirkman says you can’t believe that Carl is so bad of a shot as to miss killing his mom at close range.
A twitter question asks Manganiello if a vampire bit a zombie, which way would they turn, to which he eventually just says they’d get an upset stomach.
Hardwick talks about the scenes with Daryl and Merle, and Kirkman says it’s great watching the actors work together, since they haven’t really acted together in the past. Manganiello says the brothers are a good example of “nature vs. nurture,” and that they wouldn’t have saved the family on the bridge if Daryl hadn’t been around Rick for so long. A caller asks if Merle will hold the advantage over Daryl since he knows they were originally going to double-cross Rick’s group, and Manganiello says he hopes Merle takes Rick’s hand in revenge at some point.
We get a video package on the wardrobe of The Walking Dead, and an explanation on the video contest available on the show’s Facebook page.
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