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'The Walking Dead' Team Talk Zombie Horror at NAB: "I Do Want to Find Out What the Limit Is"

Thompson on Hollywood By Valentina Valentini | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2012 at 11:40AM

How far can they go with gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”
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Tuesday's NAB "The Walking Dead" panel drew an even mix of tattooed twenty-somethings, suits, and camera gear-junkies.

Not necessarily a guaranteed crowd pleaser, dystopian survival series "The Walking Dead," adapted from the popular graphic comics, has built a massive following both in viewer ratings and social media. AMC has aired just 19 episodes over the first two seasons, but grew the audience to over 9 million viewers for the Season Two finale and an average of 6.9 million viewers throughout the season.

Season Three launches this October with 16 episodes. Executive producer and comic writer/creator Robert Kirkman and his team – executive producers Dave Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd, and showrunner/writer Glen Mazzara – will soon find out just where AMC's limits are.

How far can they go with their trademark gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”

"You’re not going to please everybody,” added Hurd (producer of "The Terminator" and "Aliens"), “but unlike many episodic shows spanning multiple seasons, we’ve kept with the original creators and I think that is really important to our consistent fan base.”

Well, some of them anyway. Exec producer/showrunner  Frank Darabont got the boot after the first season.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.