The Talking Dead premiere is coming up on AMC later tonight, and the show is clearly doing something a little bit different than they are used to.
Remember when there were some episodes of the Walking Dead itself that would run for an hour and a half or so, followed then by an hour of Talking Dead after the fact? For whatever reason, tonight the show is doing more or less the opposite. There is going to be a two-hour Talking Dead following the Walking Dead premiere, which is running the standard amount of time.
So why are we doing this? It seems to be mostly in order to make tonight as big of a celebration as possible. The show tonight will be live, and is going to feature a wide array of different guests including Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus alongside some of the show’s executive producers in Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. There will reportedly be some surprise guests along the way, which could either mean that A) someone is dying or B) the producers of this show really want you to think that someone is dying even if they aren’t. Basically, it means nothing in other words.
Talking Dead tonight will serve as a nice opportunity for everyone to be able to unwind following the events of the premiere, and that could be important depending on what happens. We at CarterMatt have always enjoyed the aftershow (we’re a longtime fan of Chris Hardwick’s, so that helps), and we do also like the the focus seems to be more on the cast and crew tonight rather than some celebrity superfans stopping by. After getting the greatness that is Yvette Nicole Brown, one of the primary issues the show runs into now is that none of its other celebrity guests can ever live up to some of the awesomeness that she brings to the table.
Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead proper should continue along the “All Out War” storyline that was first established at the end of last season with Rick Grimes and company choosing to fight back. We lost Sasha in the finale, but she went out in a blaze of glory. Negan and the Saviors are likely going to fight back, and with that there’s a reasonably good chance that there will be another body or two who drops by the end of the first few episodes. If that happens, odds are high that they will show up on Talking Dead in order to discuss it more in-depth.
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