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Season Finale Of "The Walking Dead" Directed by Ernest Dickerson Breaks Ratings Record

by Sergio
March 19, 2012 4:07 PM
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The Walking Dead

Sunday night's season two finale of the AMC network's zombie/horror/drama series The Walking Dead broke all ratings records, becoming not only the most watched episode in the history of the series, but also currently the highest rated drama on basic cable, according to the Nielsen Company.

Directed by Ernest Dickerson (who has previously directed several episodes of Dead) the final episode, which I thought contained some of the best work Dickerson has done as a director, pulled in 9 million viewers and drew in 50% more viewers than last year's season one final episode.

I wouldn't be surprised... actually I make that, I expect...  for Dickerson to use his well earned clout to become one of the executive producers for the show next season.

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  • bleh | March 20, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    Those zombies in chains were not both black men. I mad gifs of that scene and I can tell you that they weren't. Also, recently Michonne's background was published in Playboy magazine. In that feature it is explained who the zombies in chains were and why she was traveling with them. In short, one was her boyfriend (the black guy) and one was her boyfriend's best friend (the white guy).

  • Vaughne | March 20, 2012 1:33 AMReply

    You know it's funny I see how many of you are talking about race and the lack of minority characters or minority characters with dimension and so forth. I'm a big fan of the show and I don't have any gripes about the characters of color in this show except yes it would be nice to see more dimension of T's character and some back story of him. One thing this show has been concentrating on and is universal is the need to survive in a world that you knew that has totally turned to something alien and deadly. I think this show has universal appeal in that way because if you are engrossed in the storyline you are not thinking about black this or white this, I'm thinking more of "man this seems too realistic and wonder how in the hell would I survive something like this if it was to happen."
    That's the beauty of a very great story line and great writers, etc. You forget all that other noise and be too involved on what's going on in front of your eyes that you feel as though you could be there or in that situation. As for the black zombies in chains....I see them for what they are depicting.....zombies in chains. I don't even see them as human because guess what....they no longer are. I don't even draw any references to them being black people in chain and slavery and all that comes with that. I see them as zombies that in any instant could bite me, devour me alive, and make me into one of them after I experience a really horrible death.
    So far this series has not crossed the line negatively as far as race, not even with the Latinos in the city trying to survive in the elderly home, because as you've seen they were only trying to survive and were doing some good.
    Maybe that's the point of this series. The world in the story has changed and is no longer the same. It's a new world with a new set of rules. It's about whether or not this change is going to destroy your humanity or preserve it while you are in full blown survival mode.

  • Micah | March 19, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    Let me just say I'm glad Ernest Dickerson is getting steady work. This man is surviving in Hollywood in an somewhat enviable way. I'm not crazy about all of the movies he's worked on but he's been steadily hanging in there since the 80's and has done a lot of good work. As far as the race and show are concerned, they haven't done a horrible job. I'm really glad that Glenn is getting decent treatment. The Latinos who ran the hospital weren't treated that bad. MY ONLY GRIPE ABOUT RACE, is the addition of a incompetent character named "T-Dog" that was not in the comic as opposed to the more competent although flawed black male character in the comic, Tyrese. Really? T-Dog? He's such a downgrade and so far has been completely unnecessary. What were they smoking? I do however enjoy the show. I hope Michonne gets decent treatment. They gave her a badass introduction. They had great things to say about the actress who portrays her and so did most of you guys. I am excited!

  • Donella | March 20, 2012 11:31 AM

    "...addition of a incompetent character named "T-Dog" that was not in the comic as opposed to the more competent although flawed black male character in the comic, Tyrese..."
    AGREED. T-Dog in the television series was written as a weak, useless character of no relevance or consequence.

  • Cindy | March 19, 2012 9:21 PMReply

    It's been a huge graphic novel before it became a series if people actually read them you'll find out that there are many other races and characters it's not about what race can last the longest michonne 's character was been created before people started watching .congrats to ernest he knows how to capture the audenice and not killing the suspense .And for race is concern not once have they asked the Asian guy to teach them karate bottom line it's about staying alive race seems to do little when your running half the time.

  • Micah | March 19, 2012 11:20 PM

    @ Poindexter: He's definitely a badass and has grown to love the rest of the group.

  • Pointdexter | March 19, 2012 11:16 PM

    @ Michah - yep, Darryl Dixon made that comment about Asians and driving. His character is a pretty crude good ol boy, about a few steps up the social ladder from Deliverance, but gets mad respect.

  • Micah | March 19, 2012 10:45 PM

    Cindy the Graphic Novel is awesome. I enjoy the show. The story has nothing to do with race but don't you think the GN did a slightly better job as regards to race. Oh and there was one crack about asian people not being able to drive by the guy who has SS on his motorbike. Just saying. I like Darryl and I'm sure he loves Glenn but just saying.

  • LeonRaymond | March 19, 2012 8:07 PMReply


    I agree and the views are indeed sad.

    This is the part I can't stand, in that episode, the Latinos were seen, as Gang members, and they played on Racist feelings from the viewer, but in reality those Latinos were running the hospital and helping those who needed help and were just trying to protect the overall situation they created to help the wounded.. The Black man and his son saved Rick and there were other episodes, so I don't understand how the treatment of Black folks were seen as bad. If you tuned into the actual graphic novel you will see why Michonne has those two arm-less Walkers in chains and if you watched any of the past episodes you would understand the reasoning behind it. Sorry this time is no evil White agenda for some Black folk to pin their supreme race bating application on this time

  • Darkan | March 20, 2012 5:48 AM

    @ OWELLES Unfortunately brothers like yourself don't have enough pride to stand up and speak out on what is true and right in regards to how black people are treated in the media, films and on television. That's why black artists are in the state they're in. You call it "constantly whining" while some would call it "Standing for something or falling for nothing!" Too bad you and the OP have a problem not seeing and understanding what blatant racism is on a show or in film. Perhaps you haven't watched the show because like I said, even white viewers were mentioning it on the IMDB posts : Before you pass the ball to me, yes... I doing a tremendous job on my end in changing things and making a difference and I also have no problem casting across the color lines and showing all cultures of talent as important in my projects! Nuff Said.

  • owelles | March 19, 2012 8:40 PM

    I meant folk like you and DARKAN. Constantly whining.

  • owelles | March 19, 2012 8:39 PM

    @NADINE--he said that probably because there is no satisfying folk like you and Nadine. If a show doesn't meet your quota of color, it sucks. Pathetic.

  • Nadine | March 19, 2012 8:34 PM

    "Sorry this time is no evil White agenda for some Black folk to pin their supreme race bating application on this time" - LR, completely unnecessary. Why not ask those you question for specifics instead of demeaning an entire peoples experience into delusion. It is possible that they saw something you did not.

  • Darkan | March 19, 2012 8:20 PM

    Truth in what you say Raymond but you can't deny that for majority of this season there has been NO relevant black characters on the show and even the most faithful viewers could see that the T-Dawg character was nothing more than an extra all the way up to last night's finale. The boards on IMDB were lit up about the obvious and blatant racism with the lack of story regarding his character. We must remember that Frank Darabount was heavily involved in the first season and kudos to him as he tends to cast across color lines and not just use actors of color for furniture. There was no way around the Michonne character or else that would have strayed WAY too far from the comic book which at times they already have.

  • Accidental Visitor | March 19, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    If Dickerson got more clout maybe he can get rid of the token T-Dog who is going nowhere as a character.

  • Pointdexter | March 19, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    I for one am a HUGE fan of the show... When Michonne appeared in the finale, my jaw dropped. However, I was like, "wait, are those Black men? With no arms? And chains around their necks?" Whoa. AMC better have a damn good rationale. But, a little web surfing has indicated that there is more to the story (note: I'm not familiar w/the comic version...) So, we'll see what happens.

  • Cynthia | March 19, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    Clark Johnson directed for the show as well.

  • N'jaila Rhee | March 19, 2012 4:49 PMReply

    Still refuse to watch this show for how they treated the characters of color save Glenn.

  • Donella | March 19, 2012 5:47 PM

    I also elected not to support the show because of Michonne in the comic and T-Dog on the television show. But I'm looking forward to World War Z with Brad Pitt. I love the book and I think that movie will dominate the box office this Christmas.

  • Uncredited Rewrite | March 19, 2012 5:34 PM

    Please elaborate. As a fan of both the graphic novel and the television show I would like to know why you think the characters of color are treated differently, bad, good, stereotype etc.

  • Screen Nation | March 19, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    We bow to you Sir.

  • Pointdexter | March 19, 2012 7:42 PM

    @ uncredited Yes, I question this criticism too, though it may have to do more with relative screen time vs. how they are portrayed. Remember, it was a Black man and his son who initially saved Rick, and I believe it was Latinos who initially appeared as gang members but were, in fact, running a hospital. Didn't see that coming... And now... Michonne.

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