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Dish Network customers can watch ‘Walking Dead’ again; Andrew Lincoln talks about the season

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The 14 million households that have Dish Network were able to watch “The Walking Dead”  in time last night for the second episode. (AMC made the episode available to Dish Network customers online for the opener.)

AMC finally resolved its rather complicated months-long tussle with Dish Network over rates and in a sense, an unrelated lawsuit.

Dish has stood as the lowest cost option among satellite and cable land operators but it also means it’s played hardball with cable networks. During the dispute, AMC has encouraged people for months to sign on to other operators, even creating a zombie for president who’s entire campaign was focused around the fact Dish didn’t carry “The Walking Dead.”

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Ratings last night fell off from the whopping 10.9 million opener to 9.5 million, still a huge number. In general, that’s a typical drop off for a second episode but it also includes Dish Network subscribers unavailable last week. We’ll have to see how episode 3 holds up. The 18-49 rating of 5.1 was higher than that of big network shows such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family” and “The Voice.

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Rick Grimes’ Andrew Lincoln did a phone conference with bloggers and writers today. He is quite the loquacious one and it’s a bit disconcerting to listen to hear him revert to his native British accent in conversation.

On what happened over the seven-eight months we didn’t see: Lincoln said the group learned how to break into homes, using a trial-by-error methodology that we saw in the opening scene. And Rick and Lori never touched each other over that time. The fact he touched her shoulder at the end of episode two after she saved Hershel was actually a breakthrough. “As an actor, it’s my job to fill in the gaps,” he said. He said during the winter, they were able to hunker down in spots because the walkers in colder weather moved slower and were easier to deal with.

On Rick’s moral compass vs. that of the Governor:
“I think the Governor has made peace with the death. He doesn’t carry the responsibility or guilt as much as Rick. That’s where they diverge. Every death still costs him, changes him.


On letting the prisoner with the bat get eaten by zombies
: “He was behaving in the moment in an irrational and reckless way. I wanted it to almost feel like a serial killer running after his prey in ‘American Psycho.’ I do think over the course of the season, people start to doubt Rick’s decision making as a leader. It’s like a tragic Greek tale where his decisions will come back to haunt him. He is sort of coming apart. He’s doing a good impersonation of someone holding it together at that moment.”


On the symbiosis between Rick and Daryl:
“They’ve built up a common understanding. Everything is unspoken. Daryl’s the wingman. They’re both men that aren’t particularly good at articulating their interiors. I love that. It’s an old-fashioned alpha male thing. Shane and Rick knew each other. These guys don’t but they have an incredible mutual respect. Daryl understands the burden of responsibility Rick carries.”

Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer, also piped in about Woodbury:
“It was actually shot in the town of Senoia… The Governor is trying to recreate civilization with a greater sense of normalcy where people can feel safe. It’s almost like a medieval walled city and has a feeling of Mayberry. What will humanity be like if you can relax a little and not worry as much about when the next attack is coming.”

[TEASER: You will finally see Woodbury this Sunday.]

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22 comments Add your comment

Senoia Resident

October 22nd, 2012
7:08 pm

DISH deserves to go out of business for how they have publicly (mis)handled several major networks, both cable and basic, over the last year. What an ongoing debacle!

Since we had to learn that the prisoners “go to the bathroom” in the walk-in refrigerator from last night’s episode, where and how do the zombies “go #1″ or “go #2″ after eating someone?

I think The Governor is probably a Democrat, being someone who takes that which doesn’t belong to him, trying to force HIS WAY onto others, telling people how to live their lives and violently silencing any opposing viewpoints.

TWD fan

October 22nd, 2012
8:25 pm

i think you meant to say Rick and LORI. (Sarah is the actress’ real name)

“And Rick and Sarah never touched each other over that time. The fact he touched her shoulder at the end of episode two after she saved Hershel was actually a breakthrough.”

Limozina

October 22nd, 2012
11:47 pm

“…and it’s a bit disconcerting to listen to hear him revert to his native British accent in conversation.”

I am in awe of actors like Andrew Lincoln and Hugh Laurie who can cover their British accents so perfectly that you’d never guess they weren’t homegrown Americans.

Margaret Gray

October 23rd, 2012
7:04 am

I like the idea of a “Woodbury,” a secluded, gated community for honest, hardworking people minding their own business that keeps all the stumbling, lazy, parasitic Pro-0bama Walkers who wander around aimlessly and want to feed off the viability, wealth and flesh of others 0UT of the public domain.

The Governor for GOVERNOR in 2014!

Granular-Level Viewer

October 23rd, 2012
7:21 am

Rodney,

On the show, all the electricity and TV/Radio broadcasts are supposed to be shut down.

However, in the Season 2 Blu-Ray pack disc of deleted scenes, the then-alive Dale is sitting in a car on the abandoned highway listening to a religious talk radio station on the car’s radio and having a one-sided argument with the host. (The rest of the group, minus the bleeding T-Dog, is out in the woods looking for Sophia during this time.)

Do you know the story behind that disparity of post-Apocalypse power & broadcasting?

TG

October 23rd, 2012
8:44 am

Finally! I was just about to leave DISH, even though I hated DirectTv when I had it a few years ago. I agree with the first commenter. They have done enough to be permanently put out of business. They cannot sustain the business model they are currently operating under.

Linda

October 23rd, 2012
9:29 am

Margaret, it ain’t all political. Keep the Walking Dead the Walking Dead and quit trying to make it in to something it isn’t.

If do right, no can defense

October 23rd, 2012
9:37 am

@Limozina: American accents aren’t that hard… I grew up in Kuwait but I have a perfect accent… thanks to wasting my youth on American TV shows.

The Walking Dead is amazing. Sure, it’s not perfect and definitely won’t stand up to a ruthless examination by a zombie geek… but it definitely has led to a revival in zombie fiction. This and World War Z.

Rodney Ho

October 23rd, 2012
9:39 am

@Granular-Level Viewer. “Walking Dead” is not “Revolution.” If you have a source of gas and a generator, I’m sure you can generate electricity in this particular world. So it’s possible a local religious station had the means to do so, though I’m no technician.

Da Mick

October 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

All I can say about you righteous types, that are so obviously driven by hatred that your vitriol spills out of your ears at every opportunity, is that your attitudes and world-view are not very “Christian-like,” which I was let to believe was the central tenet that keeps you snug-as-a-bug in the small and fearful world in which you live.

Jst Askn

October 23rd, 2012
11:27 am

@ Senoia Resident: “I think The Governor is probably a Democrat, being someone who takes that which doesn’t belong to him, trying to force HIS WAY onto others, telling people how to live their lives and violently silencing any opposing viewpoints.”

Isn’t that the motivation for most politicians regardless of party affilitation?!

octopusgloves

October 23rd, 2012
11:35 am

Add DAMIEN LEWIS to the list of actors who can make being American look so easy!

octopusgloves

October 23rd, 2012
11:36 am

BRITISH ACTORS**

AWDFan

October 23rd, 2012
11:42 am

Seems there are a few A-holes here (glad I don’t live in Senoia!). Get a life, and a new party! It’s a fictious show, duds.

The Saurus

October 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

We’ve been Dish customers for almost ten years, and we plan to STAY Dish customers.

Dish fights to keep prices low for their customers and doesn’t just knuckle under when channels and networks want a bigger piece of the pie. Their customer service agents are great, and in ten years, our monthly cost with Dish has only gone up three times.

If you don’t like Dish and want to leave them for whatever reason, knock yourself out. But my wife-o-saur and I are sticking with Dish because they’re on their customers’ side, and that’s a rare thing today.

Walkingdeadgirl

October 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

AWDFan totally agree. I have said it before and I will say it again if you don’t like the show or the idea behind the show just don’t watch it and stop trying to make it something bad for the millions of people who do.

Nick

October 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

Wow, get to have dipwads arguing politics in the first post. And I’m outta here.

C tha Third

October 23rd, 2012
2:31 pm

And because I have Comcast, I now know that Lauren Cohan also speaks with a British accent. Although she is an American. Look it up. And here I was sure they found her in a Cobb County casting call.

david

October 23rd, 2012
2:46 pm

Get DISH network from http://www.cnmhomeservices.com they are the best.

Truthpaste

October 24th, 2012
12:02 am

Hey Margaret, shut up. The rest of us like to enjoy a fictional show without putting on our political hats. Besides, as a true fan, I know more about the Governor than you think. It’s not pretty.

Vicki

October 24th, 2012
11:22 pm

I believe DISH NETWORK is trying to keep the cost down for their customers which I appreciate . I have 4 dvr HD boxes / over 250 channels/ 4 premium cable networks/ Blockbuster on demand and thru the mail & $120 a month bill. Lots less than Direct AT&T.

Wink

October 25th, 2012
8:17 am

I can’t wait to see Woodbury and all the local background artists/extras, etc.