The Walking Dead Prequel - Zombie of the Week

Posted by Grey Friday, January 6, 2012

Before you get all caught in undead euphoria, behold The Walking Dead Prequel... that you will never see!

The first half of the season two of AMC's The Walking Dead has been unfortunately lackluster. And now with original showrunner Frank Darabont stepping down for the second half, will successor Glen Mazzara be able to deliver the undead goods? We would certainly have to wait to find that out, but here's a little something to make you feel a little more down as we take a look at an awesome concept for a cool prequel for the series that was originally in the plans by Darabont.

And yes, the sad thing is... We will most likely never see it made.

Nevertheless, thanks to Sam Witwer, the actor formerly best-known for giving his likeness to Galen Marek/Starkiller, the protagonist in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video games but now most associated with Ian Daniel "Aidan" McCollin, the vampire role from the North American remake of BBC's Being Human, the amazing plot of the originally planned prequel finally saw the light in an interview with Parnormal Pop Culture:

[Darabont said to me], "Look, I think it would be really cool to tell a prequel story about how Atlanta fell. Do Black Hawk Down, but with zombies. And have a few main characters pass through, like a Twilight Zone episode [and] the lead will be you. And your character will go through and you're a soldier and all these horrible things happen, the chain of command breaks down, and eventually you have to take out your superior officer to save a bunch of people. Then, eventually in the end, you get bit."

And [Darabont is] pitching me this, "You're crawling and you crawl into this tank and you have this grenade and you're going to blow yourself up. But you set the grenade next to you and you die. Then, we reprise the scene from the pilot, where Rick crawls in the tank and there's a zombie there."

And if you look closely, I played that zombie because we were setting up this prequel we were going to do. If you watch the pilot of Walking Dead, that's me in the tank as the zombie. And then Rick blasts him and he gets deafened, and he gets that grenade which saves him at the end of the season. Well, we were going to tell the history of the grenade. We were going to tell, also, how another character who is being introduced in the second season how he comes to a certain thing. They were going to do all this cool stuff. Not doing it now. Why? Because AMC wanted to save a few bucks. That's just one example of the king of cool, awesome forethought that this guy put into the show that is now absolutely for naught.

And here's the video with the interview in its entirety.

Now that's one hell of a brilliant way to make that otherwise somewhat ludicrous grenade at the end endlessly more resonating. And to top all that up, after reading all these would-have-beens, for the first time, we are having our own doubts about the prospect of the series. Only time will tell if The Walking Dead does indeed live up to its expectation.


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