The second season of AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD premieres this Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m., continuing the televised saga based on Robert Kirkman’s celebrated Image Comics series. For Kirkman, who’s involved directly with the show as an executive producer, it’s just one of a number of projects he’s got his severed fingers in, encompassing a number of media, both within and outside the WALKING DEAD universe. The writer/creator spoke to Fango about what to expect from the upcoming round of episodes, plus new comics titles WITCH DOCTOR and THE INFINITE for his Skybound imprint and more.
FANGORIA: So many rumors have building up towards the second season of THE WALKING DEAD—from casting to writing staff gossip, and surrounding Glen Mazzara replacing Frank Darabont as showrunner. How will season two will be different from, or better than, season one?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Just on the surface, the main difference between season one and season two, season one was always six episodes, season two is going to be thirteen. We’re going to be able to tell bigger stories and get into the characters a lot more, explore the world that much more. It’s really going to be just a bigger, better season of THE WALKING DEAD. One of the things I’m really excited about is this change of scenery that we’re doing in this season. The first season was largely this metropolitan, Atlanta setting where they’re going through desolated streets and exploring the city. For the second season, we’re definitely going to be moving out of Atlanta right from the get-go, and moving more into the rural areas of Georgia, where it’s going to be out in the woods, in open fields, and it’s going to be creepier and darker; there’s danger around in every corner. I’m just really excited about that shift in the series, and that’s what I think is going to make season two that much cooler. There’s just all kinds of twists and turns and cool stuff in store for season two. I just can’t wait for people to actually watch it. We’ve been working on it for so long. Now that we’re so close to it coming out, that’s really my main concern; I can’t wait to hear what people think of it.