Even though Chris Hardwick may host a Walking Dead aftershow in Talking Dead, that doesn’t mean that AMC slips him some sort of secret envelope months in advance with some of the finer details surrounding everything that is coming up. As a matter of fact, it turns out that much of that is by his own design. He’s not altogether interested in finding out much in terms of the story in advance, largely because that takes away from his own ability to speak about things in the moment.
Yet, that doesn’t stop fans of the show from making their thoughts about anything any everything very clear to him. This is something that Hardwick explained in a new appearance on Conan Wednesday night:
“They really think that I know [spoilers] and I don’t. I don’t have an inside track on any of it because I don’t want things spoiled so they don’t tell me that stuff … I used [to] think that [with] Talking Dead, people were like ‘Why you gotta have a show that’s talking about another show?’ and I’m like, ‘First, I don’t like your tone. Second of all, it’s like therapy for Walking Dead!’ Things happen on the show, you get upset, and my dumb face comes on, and I’m like, ‘Everything’s okay! This person’s alive in real life, [so] it’s not a documentary.’
“When things happen on the show, if you hear these rumors that are going around, which I don’t know if they’re true or not but when you hear these rumors and people get really upset … Then they yell at me and I realize, I’m not therapy for Walking Dead. I’m Walking Dead customer service! That is different where people are like, ‘I know you didn’t do this but you represent the company so double f— you!'”
Based on what we’ve seen on Twitter over the years, all of this is very much true. However, we don’t think that this is limited to Hardwick, either. We’ve seen what people have said on Twitter to Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, and multiple different cast members over the years. Social media is a place for angry, instantaneous reactions — we certainly wish that this was not the case, but we’ve learned over time that this is just how people are on the platform.
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