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2012-02-24 11:30:35 PM  
Er.....doesn't really look the part IMO.

But then, the casting to date has been spot-on, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt until I can see how this plays out.
 
2012-02-25 12:14:42 AM  
His first act as Governor had better be to:







GET THEM OFF THE FARKING FARM.





 
2012-02-25 01:18:23 AM  
While I appreciate the few bits of action in the last few episodes, unless something drastic happens this series has become an absolute snoozefest.

I suppose a "governor" character at least speaks to something happening off that goddamn farm, so perhaps it's looking up.

PS - farking kill Rick's wife. Never has a more useless, stupid character ever existed on television. Leaving to find Rick and conveniently wrecking the car? Stupid. Letting the kid go (originally) to search for Sophia? Stupid. Oh, and pregnant. No one ever did that before!

Every single thing related to Lori is nothing more than a lazy, stupid, convoluted plot contrivance because the writers clearly don't have any idea what to do with her. farkING KILL HER!

Kill that kid, too. He should have died after the hunting accident. He brings nothing to the show except cliches.
 
2012-02-25 01:37:49 AM  
Where's Michonne? And why does this show suck so much?
 
2012-02-25 01:41:39 AM  
This might sound like heresy to the TWD fanboy crowd (of whom I count myself)--but maybe getting rid of Darabont wasn't so terrible an idea after all. The first half of this season had some interesting stuff, but damn it farking slowed to a crawl. And now these first two episodes back, Darabont-free, have been a marked improvement.

It's only two episodes so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, but maybe the new creative boss is just what the show needed to get back on track.
 
2012-02-25 01:41:58 AM  

Lsherm: While I appreciate the few bits of action in the last few episodes, unless something drastic happens this series has become an absolute snoozefest.

I suppose a "governor" character at least speaks to something happening off that goddamn farm, so perhaps it's looking up.

PS - farking kill Rick's wife. Never has a more useless, stupid character ever existed on television. Leaving to find Rick and conveniently wrecking the car? Stupid. Letting the kid go (originally) to search for Sophia? Stupid. Oh, and pregnant. No one ever did that before!

Every single thing related to Lori is nothing more than a lazy, stupid, convoluted plot contrivance because the writers clearly don't have any idea what to do with her. farkING KILL HER!

Kill that kid, too. He should have died after the hunting accident. He brings nothing to the show except cliches.


Wait for it. (Possibly NSFW if your boss is a total DB.)
 
2012-02-25 01:44:37 AM  
I enjoy the show, more or less. I don't know enough about its source material to give too much of a fark. I think the farm episodes were slower, yeah, but it didn't really bother me much. I haven't watched an episode I just totally disliked.

But I'm pretty easy to keep entertained.
 
2012-02-25 02:01:40 AM  

Relatively Obscure: I enjoy the show, more or less.

(1) I don't know enough about its source material to give too much of a fark.

I think the farm episodes were slower, yeah, but it didn't really bother me much. I haven't watched an episode I just totally disliked.

(2) But I'm pretty easy to keep entertained.


There's your first problem.
There's your second.
 
2012-02-25 02:20:37 AM  

dopeydwarf: Relatively Obscure: I enjoy the show, more or less.

(1) I don't know enough about its source material to give too much of a fark.

I think the farm episodes were slower, yeah, but it didn't really bother me much. I haven't watched an episode I just totally disliked.

(2) But I'm pretty easy to keep entertained.

There's your first problem.
There's your second.


Being entertained is a problem? Interesting. Well, I'm glad you don't suffer from it.
 
2012-02-25 02:27:18 AM  

Relatively Obscure: dopeydwarf: Relatively Obscure: I enjoy the show, more or less.

(1) I don't know enough about its source material to give too much of a fark.

I think the farm episodes were slower, yeah, but it didn't really bother me much. I haven't watched an episode I just totally disliked.

(2) But I'm pretty easy to keep entertained.

There's your first problem.
There's your second.

Being entertained is a problem? Interesting. Well, I'm glad you don't suffer from it.


You really are easy! Whodathunk?
 
2012-02-25 02:34:25 AM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: The first half of this season had some interesting stuff, but damn it farking slowed to a crawl. And now these first two episodes back, Darabont-free, have been a marked improvement.


Darabont's ideas (new window), and himself, were apparently canned before season 2 started filming. So the whole farm bullshiat didn't have anything to do with him.
 
2012-02-25 02:55:58 AM  
Considering how wildly the deviates from the source material, who can say what happens next. I have a feeling they will being off to jail soon. Shane dies as the season finale as well. Probably in the jail...if they have one.
 
2012-02-25 03:24:16 AM  
I hope they completely ignore the comic just to piss people off more.
 
2012-02-25 03:24:53 AM  

Lsherm: While I appreciate the few bits of action in the last few episodes, unless something drastic happens this series has become an absolute snoozefest.

I suppose a "governor" character at least speaks to something happening off that goddamn farm, so perhaps it's looking up.

PS - farking kill Rick's wife. Never has a more useless, stupid character ever existed on television. Leaving to find Rick and conveniently wrecking the car? Stupid. Letting the kid go (originally) to search for Sophia? Stupid. Oh, and pregnant. No one ever did that before!

Every single thing related to Lori is nothing more than a lazy, stupid, convoluted plot contrivance because the writers clearly don't have any idea what to do with her. farkING KILL HER!

Kill that kid, too. He should have died after the hunting accident. He brings nothing to the show except cliches.


CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD

In the comic, Rick's wife dies somewhere around this point. It's been a while since I've read it, so I can't say when with exact certainty; but trust me, it's coming. The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.

/Also, I am slightly disappointed. I was hoping they'd have Merle come back as the Governor. It would have been an awesome idea.
 
2012-02-25 03:45:19 AM  
ZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZ ZOMBIEZZZZZZZZZZ
 
2012-02-25 03:46:37 AM  
Trying to draw me back in, eh? Not gonna work. I can accept the fact that the show and the comics are different, what killed the show for me though was the fact that the first six episodes of season two were "WHAR SOPHIA WHAR", just to zombify/kill her in the seventh episode. I don't care if they did it for shock value or whatever, but when you spend half a season going nowhere after a promise of being on the road, at least that is what I took Rick's little speech in S2E1 to be, just to do something that could have been done in 1 or 2 (3 max) episodes killed it for me. That and various retarded actions by some of the characters have completely turned me away from the show. Shame, I had good hopes for it. </rant>
 
2012-02-25 03:46:42 AM  
I didn't think they'd go in that direction. I bet the part is in name only. I mean, this was the point the series got dark. And it wasn't exactly my little ponies before, and it got daaaark.
 
2012-02-25 05:43:55 AM  
I used to say I'm as sick of the Zombie theme as I am of cop/forensic shows, but I'm hooked on this thing. Having said that, enough with the farm already!!
 
2012-02-25 05:54:11 AM  

Relatively Obscure: I enjoy the show, more or less. I don't know enough about its source material to give too much of a fark. I think the farm episodes were slower, yeah, but it didn't really bother me much. I haven't watched an episode I just totally disliked.


Im am in your camp with this one. I must say though- the last ep was too dark to see most detail, imho.
I still like the show, but, as a few have said- its time for them to go road warrior- that farm is , well, a nice place, but it lacks many things. Like ammo and looting and killing walkers
 
2012-02-25 06:10:40 AM  

Spaced Lion: Lsherm: While I appreciate the few bits of action in the last few episodes, unless something drastic happens this series has become an absolute snoozefest.

I suppose a "governor" character at least speaks to something happening off that goddamn farm, so perhaps it's looking up.

PS - farking kill Rick's wife. Never has a more useless, stupid character ever existed on television. Leaving to find Rick and conveniently wrecking the car? Stupid. Letting the kid go (originally) to search for Sophia? Stupid. Oh, and pregnant. No one ever did that before!

Every single thing related to Lori is nothing more than a lazy, stupid, convoluted plot contrivance because the writers clearly don't have any idea what to do with her. farkING KILL HER!

Kill that kid, too. He should have died after the hunting accident. He brings nothing to the show except cliches.

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD

In the comic, Rick's wife dies somewhere around this point. It's been a while since I've read it, so I can't say when with exact certainty; but trust me, it's coming. The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.

/Also, I am slightly disappointed. I was hoping they'd have Merle come back as the Governor. It would have been an awesome idea.


...You could have done without the "Spoilers Ahead" thing. She doesn't die near the farm and the kid doesn't die.
 
2012-02-25 06:28:04 AM  

Spaced Lion: Lsherm: While I appreciate the few bits of action in the last few episodes, unless something drastic happens this series has become an absolute snoozefest.

I suppose a "governor" character at least speaks to something happening off that goddamn farm, so perhaps it's looking up.

PS - farking kill Rick's wife. Never has a more useless, stupid character ever existed on television. Leaving to find Rick and conveniently wrecking the car? Stupid. Letting the kid go (originally) to search for Sophia? Stupid. Oh, and pregnant. No one ever did that before!

Every single thing related to Lori is nothing more than a lazy, stupid, convoluted plot contrivance because the writers clearly don't have any idea what to do with her. farkING KILL HER!

Kill that kid, too. He should have died after the hunting accident. He brings nothing to the show except cliches.

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD

In the comic, Rick's wife dies somewhere around this point. It's been a while since I've read it, so I can't say when with exact certainty; but trust me, it's coming. The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.

/Also, I am slightly disappointed. I was hoping they'd have Merle come back as the Governor. It would have been an awesome idea.


MORE SPOILERS:
The wife dies on the Governor's assault on the prison. She and the new baby are shot on the way out. Carl lives, up until at least Book 7, where he takes a round to the head. He may or may not be dead.

As for this casting, screw that: This guy won't ooze the vile the nature of The Governor like the book version did. The worst thing possible was for them to get rid of Frank.
 
2012-02-25 07:57:02 AM  
I like the show. Fark all you haters
 
2012-02-25 08:26:57 AM  
Here is what I predict - the farm will be used as the locale for all future significant events in The Walking Dead. It will replace the prison, the church, the safehouse community, and the city of Atlanta from the comics.

The Governor will attack the farm, and after a vicious battle Rick's group will retreat from the farm to the farm. Later, while exploring the farm they will discover a safer part of the farm to live in, but four convicts who walked away from a local minimum security prison will already be there. In Season 4, Herschel will mention that there is an old church a quarter mile behind his giant plantation house that no one has noticed yet, and the group will find a black priest living in there.

/Love the show, but the pacing is killing me.
 
2012-02-25 08:27:40 AM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: This might sound like heresy to the TWD fanboy crowd (of whom I count myself)--but maybe getting rid of Darabont wasn't so terrible an idea after all. The first half of this season had some interesting stuff, but damn it farking slowed to a crawl. And now these first two episodes back, Darabont-free, have been a marked improvement.

It's only two episodes so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, but maybe the new creative boss is just what the show needed to get back on track.


None of season 2's stuff has been Darabont.
 
2012-02-25 08:32:40 AM  
static.moviefanatic.com
 
2012-02-25 08:33:42 AM  
Also some of Darabont's plan for season 2 has been leaked here (new window). His idea for the season 2 opener sounded amazing, making me upset at his firing all over again
 
2012-02-25 08:38:58 AM  
David Morrissey? Since when did the folks with The Walking Dead start casting good actors?
 
2012-02-25 08:44:59 AM  
Should have been farking Clancy Brown!!!
 
2012-02-25 08:49:30 AM  

Spaced Lion: Lsherm: While I appreciate the few bits of action in the last few episodes, unless something drastic happens this series has become an absolute snoozefest.

I suppose a "governor" character at least speaks to something happening off that goddamn farm, so perhaps it's looking up.

PS - farking kill Rick's wife. Never has a more useless, stupid character ever existed on television. Leaving to find Rick and conveniently wrecking the car? Stupid. Letting the kid go (originally) to search for Sophia? Stupid. Oh, and pregnant. No one ever did that before!

Every single thing related to Lori is nothing more than a lazy, stupid, convoluted plot contrivance because the writers clearly don't have any idea what to do with her. farkING KILL HER!

Kill that kid, too. He should have died after the hunting accident. He brings nothing to the show except cliches.

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD

In the comic, Rick's wife dies somewhere around this point. It's been a while since I've read it, so I can't say when with exact certainty; but trust me, it's coming. The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.

/Also, I am slightly disappointed. I was hoping they'd have Merle come back as the Governor. It would have been an awesome idea.


Plus Michael Rooker can actually act.

/His monologue in season one was the best thing in the season.
 
2012-02-25 08:50:16 AM  

Lsherm: NeedlesslyCanadian: The first half of this season had some interesting stuff, but damn it farking slowed to a crawl. And now these first two episodes back, Darabont-free, have been a marked improvement.

Darabont's ideas (new window), and himself, were apparently canned before season 2 started filming. So the whole farm bullshiat didn't have anything to do with him.


Bubblegum Tate: NeedlesslyCanadian: This might sound like heresy to the TWD fanboy crowd (of whom I count myself)--but maybe getting rid of Darabont wasn't so terrible an idea after all. The first half of this season had some interesting stuff, but damn it farking slowed to a crawl. And now these first two episodes back, Darabont-free, have been a marked improvement.

It's only two episodes so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, but maybe the new creative boss is just what the show needed to get back on track.

None of season 2's stuff has been Darabont.


That was his idea for a single episode, not the whole season. Darabont got axed during the production of Season 2, at roughly the point where they took the mid-season break.
 
2012-02-25 09:30:08 AM  

dopeydwarf: Relatively Obscure: I enjoy the show, more or less.

(1) I don't know enough about its source material to give too much of a fark.

I think the farm episodes were slower, yeah, but it didn't really bother me much. I haven't watched an episode I just totally disliked.

(2) But I'm pretty easy to keep entertained.

There's your first problem.
There's your second.


There's no hate like rabid fanboi hate.
 
2012-02-25 09:45:37 AM  

Spaced Lion: The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.


Didn't read past #93 did ya?
 
2012-02-25 09:48:53 AM  

Cosmoboy: Spaced Lion: The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.

Didn't read past #93 did ya?


That was #83; #93 is the current (Jan 2012) issue.

Not that you're wrong, though.
 
2012-02-25 09:51:58 AM  
Morrissey eh? What a good choice to play this charming man known as the governor. He will surely make Rick panic.
 
2012-02-25 09:57:27 AM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Cosmoboy: Spaced Lion: The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.

Didn't read past #93 did ya?

That was #83; #93 is the current (Jan 2012) issue.

Not that you're wrong, though.


Yeah, as soon as I looked at my pile o' trades and did the math I realized I had that wrong.
 
2012-02-25 09:59:19 AM  

Bubblegum Tate: Also some of Darabont's plan for season 2 has been leaked here (new window). His idea for the season 2 opener sounded amazing, making me upset at his firing all over again


This.

I stopped watching after the third episode of Season 2. Are they still on the farm?

/Curious like George.
 
2012-02-25 10:13:22 AM  
Man I was really hoping Tom Savini was going to get the role.
 
2012-02-25 10:15:09 AM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Bubblegum Tate: Also some of Darabont's plan for season 2 has been leaked here (new window). His idea for the season 2 opener sounded amazing, making me upset at his firing all over again

This.

I stopped watching after the third episode of Season 2. Are they still on the farm?

/Curious like George.


Still on the farm, but it's possible things may be coming to a head soon. There's now a possible threat from other people, and there seems to be some setup for Shane's departure. Of course, it could still take a whole season for this to resolve.

So the Governor's going to be in season 3? Seems like the events at the farm were dragged out much longer than they were in the comics. Seems like the prison stories will have to be condensed quite a bit if they're going to get there and go through everything up to the Governor's appearance.
 
2012-02-25 10:22:18 AM  
www.dvdtalk.com
 
2012-02-25 10:25:21 AM  

BabyDumplings: Should have been farking Clancy Brown!!!


I love you.
 
2012-02-25 10:25:47 AM  
Spoiler alert:
The govenor lives in the
farm basement between the water heater and laundry machine.

The action picks up when Hershel needs to install French drains.
 
2012-02-25 10:26:14 AM  
This is exactly what the show needs. Another character to stare off into the distance while he does laundry or chop firewood.

Of course at the pace the show is going we won't see him until season 12.

In a few more episodes this season alone will have been longer than the entirety of The Lord of the Rings. You would have been able to see Saving Private Ryan or nearly any other epic about four times in that time frame.
 
2012-02-25 10:43:04 AM  

Mucus Mule: Spoiler alert:
The govenor lives in the
farm basement between the water heater and laundry machine.

The action picks up when Hershel needs to install French drains.


Whoa! Slow down there! They'd need at least six more seasons for that plot line to develop.
 
2012-02-25 10:46:12 AM  
It's so entertaining reading the comments from people who haven't read the comics.
 
2012-02-25 10:48:14 AM  
I read 'Season 3' and thought, "Finally, they'll get off the farm!" but then realized he probably won't appear until the season 3 finale so they'll stay on the farm until the last three episodes of next season.

Honestly, I love the comics, and I understand and appreciate there's no 'end' to the series...some sort of objective they are trying to reach. But that doesn't mean you have to construct the TV plot in such a way they stay in the same farking spot for almost an entire season. And this isn't a cry for "MOAR ZOMBIES"....I don't give a fark if they directly engage with zombies ever again...just have the humans do something remotely interesting for fark's sake.

But with that said, the worst mistake by far was having the entire 'missing person' plot of the first half of season 2 revolve around a character that was so utterly meaningless to the viewers. Did she even have more than a few lines of dialogue prior to her disappearing? If they had taken the exact same plot and replaced her with another character with which the viewers had some sort of connection it wouldn't have been half bad. When she first went missing the character was such a non-factor to me I honestly thought the group would just leave, showing how they're forced to make hard decisions in this new world and creating an ongoing underlying tension between the "stay and find her" and "fark her" sides. But instead we had nearly 6-7 episodes dedicated to her and the 'surprise ending' just brought a sense of relief it was finally over.
 
2012-02-25 10:48:16 AM  

Close2TheEdge: dopeydwarf: Relatively Obscure: I enjoy the show, more or less.

(1) I don't know enough about its source material to give too much of a fark.

I think the farm episodes were slower, yeah, but it didn't really bother me much. I haven't watched an episode I just totally disliked.

(2) But I'm pretty easy to keep entertained.

There's your first problem.
There's your second.

There's no hate like rabid fanboi hate.



Yeah that's just terribly rabid. Do everyone including yourself a favor and unplug for a while, reality has escaped you.
 
2012-02-25 11:06:09 AM  

Mr. Chainsaw: It's so entertaining reading the comments from people who haven't read the comics.


The comics are irrelevant. This is a TV show.
 
2012-02-25 11:18:59 AM  

karl2025: Spaced Lion: Lsherm: While I appreciate the few bits of action in the last few episodes, unless something drastic happens this series has become an absolute snoozefest.

I suppose a "governor" character at least speaks to something happening off that goddamn farm, so perhaps it's looking up.

PS - farking kill Rick's wife. Never has a more useless, stupid character ever existed on television. Leaving to find Rick and conveniently wrecking the car? Stupid. Letting the kid go (originally) to search for Sophia? Stupid. Oh, and pregnant. No one ever did that before!

Every single thing related to Lori is nothing more than a lazy, stupid, convoluted plot contrivance because the writers clearly don't have any idea what to do with her. farkING KILL HER!

Kill that kid, too. He should have died after the hunting accident. He brings nothing to the show except cliches.

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD

In the comic, Rick's wife dies somewhere around this point. It's been a while since I've read it, so I can't say when with exact certainty; but trust me, it's coming. The kid survives for a while and gets a little less annoying, but he dies too.

/Also, I am slightly disappointed. I was hoping they'd have Merle come back as the Governor. It would have been an awesome idea.

...You could have done without the "Spoilers Ahead" thing. She doesn't die near the farm and the kid doesn't die.


Well, not THAT kid...
 
2012-02-25 11:20:10 AM  

That Masked Man: Here is what I predict - the farm will be used as the locale for all future significant events in The Walking Dead. It will replace the prison, the church, the safehouse community, and the city of Atlanta from the comics.

The Governor will attack the farm, and after a vicious battle Rick's group will retreat from the farm to the farm. Later, while exploring the farm they will discover a safer part of the farm to live in, but four convicts who walked away from a local minimum security prison will already be there. In Season 4, Herschel will mention that there is an old church a quarter mile behind his giant plantation house that no one has noticed yet, and the group will find a black priest living in there.

/Love the show, but the pacing is killing me.


A commercial for tomorrow's episode was shown during Comic Book Men. Shane & Rick find the prison.
 
2012-02-25 11:22:34 AM  
The big question I have is has anyone seen anything David Morrissey's been in? I've never heard of him & nothing on his IMDB looks familiar. Is the guy any good?
 
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