10 Things We Learned at "The Walking Dead" Comic-Con Panelby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago
Tribute to Stuntman John Bernecker
"The Walking Dead" showrunner Scott M. Gimple opened the show’s panel by reading a statement on behalf of the cast and crew in tribute to stuntman John Bernecker.
"John passed away this week after he was injured doing something he loved: helping tell stories that excite, entertain, and give people escape," he said. "He helped make movies and shows for people like everybody in this room. John was someone who was beloved in the stunt community, who helped train people and helped them break into the business. He was living his dream, and he helped other people do the same."
Bernecker died on July 13 after falling from a balcony while filming a stunt for Season 8.
First Trailer for Season 8 Revealed
AMC gave us our first look at the upcoming season with the biggest cheers reserved for Norman Reedus' Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride's Carol Pelletier. What can we expect from the next season of "The Walking Dead"? Negan, of course, plus Rick held captive in his underwear, Jesus fighting Morgan, and explosions upon explosions.
Watch "The Walking Dead" Season 8 trailer
Cast Left Emotional by Retrospective
Shortly after the trailer drop, fans who packed Comic-Con's famous Hall H were treated to a look back at all seven seasons — spanning 99 episodes — charting heroes and villains who have come and gone.
A visibly moved Danai Gurira, who plays sword-wielding warrior Michonne, said: "It's so beautiful to look back on those 100 years," quickly correcting herself: "100 episodes."
"I'm so grateful to be part of this family. It's beautiful."
Karaoke Night with Negan
Without a moderator, the 16-strong panel took more than 30 minutes of fan questions. The first question dealt with whether the cast ever craved lighter moments in the famously dark show. Maybe even some karaoke?
"I’ve been pushing for a musical episode for years," said Chandler Riggs, who plays young Carl Grimes.
"When the cameras aren’t rolling, we spoof ourselves," revealed Melissa McBride, who plays fan favorite Carol.
"Every night is karaoke night for Negan," said Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the baseball bat-wielding villain. "He’s having fun."
Khary Payton, who plays King Ezekiel, said of both his pet and his right-hand man: "They gave me a tiger and a Jerry so I have a lot of fun. I get all the comedy."
Expanding the Franchise
A fan who had flown in from Sweden asked if the series would ever explore another part of the world. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple said: "It is entirely possible that that could happen. … It's something we want to see."
"Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman then joked: "Look out for The Walking Dead Sweden, coming in 2018."
Spinoff series "Fear the Walking Dead" (pictured) has already explored different locales, from Los Angeles to Mexico.
Tribute to George A. Romero
Asked about George A. Romero, the legendary zombie movie director who died on July 16, "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman said: "My first experience watching Night of the Living Dead was on network television in the '90s... Just to go on that ride for the first time and see what a zombie story could be was amazing. I was instantly in love with the genre and the man, and I couldn’t be more upset about that loss."
Negan: Love Him or Hate Him
One fan wanted to know what Jeffrey Dean Morgan liked and disliked about his character, Negan, the leader of the ruthless Saviors. "I find him very amusing," said the actor with a smile. "He has a great sense of humour. What do I like least? That he wears a leather jacket in 100-degree heat."
When the cast were later asked what it would take for them to become like Negan, Morgan said: "What's the problem with that? Like that's a bad thing."
The Only Time Andrew Lincoln Dropped His Accent
British actor Andrew Lincoln was teased for his American pronunciation of "Carl." "It's a work in progress," he said of his American accent. "Maybe after another eight seasons, I’ll get it right."
Lincoln is known to retain his American accent throughout filming, but talked about the one time he dropped it. During the filming of the pilot, fellow British actor Lennie James said he took Lincoln into a corner and whispered: "Can you believe this?" Lincoln recalls: "It was the only time I came out of that accent in eight years, to say 'This is unbelievable! It's great to work with you."
Glenn: Gone But Not Forgotten
A few of the panellists mentioned Glenn, the fan favorite played by Steven Yeun who left the series at the start of Season 7.
Maggie, played by Lauren Cohan, is expecting Glenn's baby, leading one fan to ask what the absent father would want the baby to know about him. An emotional Cohan responded: "How jubilant and heroic Glenn and Steven is in all this, and what he would have wanted to expose the baby to is that bravery and comedy and impulsive energy that he had.
"I hope that everybody of the family that is alive is going to pass those things on and tell those stories to this new little girl or guy, as well as who Hershel was and who Beth was and Abraham was."
Will They Ever Find a Cure?
Asked if the show would ever explore finding a cure for the zombie virus or a person who was immune to the disease, "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman said: "We don’t want to be definitive, but the answers are no and no.
"Not only has it been done in other zombie stories but it’s a mythology breaking proposition. Also, it’s not about scientists and people who would take that on because that's not relatable. This show is about people and their struggles to survive."