TV Q&A: Scary TV and ‘The Walking Dead’ controversy
Is [spoiler!] really dead on “The Walking Dead?” Maybe. Maybe not. Bill Leff, Wendy Snyder and I discussed the controversial possible death on the pre-Halloween edition of WGN-Radio’s “Bill & Wendy Show” on Oct. 30.
On the latest episode of the AMC hit series, a longtime character and fan favorite seemed to have been killed by zombies. But immediately after the episode, theories surfaced as to why this person may not be dead after all. The controversial happening has led many to complain that if the person is not dead, the show has broken a trust with viewers.
I call BS on that. People, it is NOT your show! Well, it’s your show to watch, but since you don’t write it, it is not your show. Criticize as you will but don’t feel the writers are pulling a fast one on us or being unfair in some way. You’re judging how the show should go without knowing the full story that the writers are trying to tell. Trust that the writers and show runner Scott Gimple know what they are doing.
By the way, on Friday AMC announced it has approved a seventh season for “The Walking Dead” and a fifth season for the post-show “Talking Dead.” “The Walking Dead” is based on Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics series and has become a huge hit for AMC. After factoring in three days of time-shifted viewing, Sunday’s controversial episode delivered 18.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
The reason I have not named the character in question is that we’re still in the spoiler zone, at least until the next episode airs. The Nov. 1 episode of “The Walking Dead” will be 90 minutes. You can catch trailers for the upcoming martial arts series “Into the Badlands” and the horror series “Preacher” during the episode.
Speaking of scary, Bill mentioned that Ricky Gervais is returning to host the “Golden Globe Awards” again in 2016. I’m all for it. I enjoy Gervais’s style of seeing no sacred cows in the room. And Gervais puts himself first on his own hit list. He understands the absurdity of the business, and his position and everyone else’s in the business.
We didn’t get to any questions this week, but feel free to call in next week. To submit a question, call or text during the show using this number: 312-981-7200. You can hear me with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder, usually about 11:05 a.m. Fridays, on WGN Radio-720 AM. If you can’t make it to the radio, I’ll post them on my site. You also can listen to them at the Bill and Wendy page on WGN’s site.