Jeffrey Dean Morgan cast as Negan in AMC's The Walking Dead

Image Credit: CBS  

Image Credit: CBS
 

Hey O&G fans, AMC's The Walking Dead has cast actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan to play Negan beginning later this season, According to The Hollywood Reporter. Morgan will reportedly debut in the sixth season's finale on April 3, 2016, before becoming the show's main antagonist for the fall 2016 seventh season.

For those who watch the show and don't read the comic, Negan'sdebut was in TWD issue 100. He was the leader of a group of survivors Known as the Saviors (Which I suspect are the Wolves in the Show). If you think the Governor was bad, this guy made him look tame in comparison. He carried a Bat wrapped in barbwire and ruled with a cruel and deadly attitude ( While always smiling, claiming he is a nice guy).

 With Glenn believed to be dead and Maggie announcing that she is pregnant, this fits with the story line of the comic starting in issue #100. The Only difference is Negan killed Glenn and Maggie leave the group for another one to raise her child.

According to THR, Morgan's hiring came after "an extensive casting search" with the Watchmen actor beating out Timothy Olyphant, Matt Dillon and Garret Dillahunt for the role. Morgan is a veteran of films based on comic books, ranging from Watchmen to Losers and even playing Thomas Wayne in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Walking Dead Season 6 to Premiere at New York Super Week 10/9

AMC announced today “The Walking Dead” Fan Premiere Sweepstakes, giving fans a chance to win tickets to “The Walking Dead” season six premiere event at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET.  This ultimate fan experience will include an advance screening of the extended season six premiere episode, two days prior to air, followed by a panel with 18 cast members.  The network is partnering with New York Super Week Presented by New York Comic Con, local radio stations and affiliates on ticket giveaways and sweepstakes offering thousands of lucky fans an opportunity to attend the exclusive, red-carpet event in New York City.   

“An evening that is typically reserved for cast, crew and industry will now include the fans,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV.  “Loyal, passionate fans are responsible for making ‘The Walking Dead’ the #1 show on television and this is an exciting opportunity for us to thank them in person.  For AMC, the executive producers and actors to be able to share this moment with them at Madison Square Garden – it’s truly special.”

Fans can enter “The Walking Dead” Fan Premiere Sweepstakes now until Wednesday, September 16 at 3:00 a.m. ET by visiting: www.amc.com/FanPremiereSweepstakes.  Each day, AMC will select 10 lucky winners who will each receive two complimentary tickets to the premiere.*

In addition, AMC is partnering with New York Super Week – a week-long pop culture festival brought to you by the creators of New York Comic Con – to give away tickets from August 17 through September 21. For more information on ticket giveaways, please visit www.NewYorkSuperWeek.com on August 17.

Fans can also check with local television affiliates and radio stations for additional ticket giveaways and sweepstake opportunities.

The first eight episodes of “The Walking Dead” season six kick off on Sunday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT followed by the season premiere of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

 

First Gameplay Trailer for "The Walking Dead: No Man's Land"

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Next Games, the Finnish mobile games studio, and AMC today revealed the first gameplay trailer and key details of the official mobile game based on AMC’s record-breaking hit TV show “The Walking Dead.”

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Interview With Actor Chad Coleman

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Otakus and Geeks had a quick chat actor Chad Coleman. Viewers know him as Cutty from The Wire and recently Tyrese from The Walking Dead. We talk about his early acting beginnings, playing Cutty in The Wire and sneak in a few Walking Dead questions.

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Walker Stalker Con 2014: The Good, The Bad, And The Quick Interviews

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Last month, on December 13, 2014 I had the opportunity to attend the Walker Stalker Con that was held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. This marked the first time this Con was held in the Tri-state region. So how was it? Was it worth it? Were the celebrities amazing? These are the burning questions I'll candidly answer from my point of view. 

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The Otakus & Geeks cast had the opportunity to meet some of the cast members of The Walking Dead show, at Walker Stalker Con. We had a blast being able to take pictures with the stars and even joke around with some of them. 

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Photos From Walker Stalker Con 2014 New York/New Jersey

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This past Saturday on December 13th 2014. The Otakus & Geeks staff took a trip to the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey for the Walker Stalker Con. This convention is design for to celebrate all things The Walking Dead and zombie culture. 

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Walker Stalker Con NY Dec 13-14

Walker Stalker Con NY Dec 13-14

Hey Otakus and Geeks fans, For all you Walking Dead and Zombie Fans in general, here is a con for you! from the site: Walker Stalker Con is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast with James & Eric. The podcast began with an amazing trip to Senoia, GA where James & Eric were able to view the set of The Walking Dead and meet the incredible actors from the show.

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THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR As Never Seen Before

In October, fans of Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD will see the New York Times best-selling comic as never before with the publication of THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION. In this 248-page hardcover from Image Comics/Skybound, artist Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils for the twelve-issue arc are reproduced, uninked and unaltered from how they appear on his artboard.

The ALL OUT WAR story arc marks a major turning point in THE WALKING DEAD, as Rick Grimes unites several communities to fight the villainous Negan and his “Saviors,” while around them the dead continue to roam. The future of the Survivors, Hilltop, and Kingdom communities depends precariously on Negan’s right-hand man, who has turned against him — and not everyone is going to see it through the war alive. Check out the preview stills below.





The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer

The Walking Dead Season 5 trailer is out. It was revealed at Comic Con, I must say I like this trailer better than some parts of season 4. Rick and the gang are in for another fight of survival not just with walkers but humans again. Check out the trailer below and tell us what do you think in the comments.



Lenni Reviews: The Walking Dead Fall of the Governor Part Two


In the continuing saga of some heretofore unknown desire to torture myself, it was with a heaving sigh that I picked up the fourth and final book in this "trilogy."

If you are just joining us, here is one, two, and three.

This last installment is the assault on the prison from the Woodbury resident's perspective. If you've read the previous books and/or the comics, it's pretty clear how The Governor has a stranglehold on the town and can get them to do whatever he wants so reading about how he got people from the prison, tortures Michonne, and Michonne getting her revenge but how The Governor manages to survive Michonne's attack is interesting. You get some more insights into Bob Stookey and Lilly Caul but even then, the whole thing falls flat. I still can't reconcile Lilly's transformation into The Governor's perfect soldier but this book does provide some back info as to why Lilly freaked out after (this should NOT be spoilers by now!) killing Lori and Judith. Personally, shooting unarmed women with babies is just wrong in and of itself but yeah, the back story is nice to know.

I don't want to give too much away but I will say the book does not end with the assault on the prison. You do get to find out what happens to Lilly and Woodbury in the aftermath of The Governor's death. It should not have taken four books to say what could have been said in a wicked cool side comic ("Re-Rise of Woodbury" perhaps?) and that is in the last 50 pages or so of just... Meh. All of it just feels like a deflated balloon. Things are wrapped up and explained but there's little punch to it. I will say, the writing stays on the level of Part One; to the point with plenty of gory zombie killin and 'splodin brains. If you don't like gore (then you're reading the wrong franchise) you may be turned off by all the muck here.

If I were to sum up all four, I would say the average fan could totally skip these and be just fine. If you're dying to know what happens to Lilly after the prison? Borrow book four and start at chapter seventeen. The books are jerky and boring. I didn't hate this one, I didn't roll my eyes, I'm even short on my usual biting sarcasm here; I just yawned a lot. Save your money for the comics.

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Andrew Lincoln & Walking Dead Fan Zombie Prank Norman Reedus

With help from Andrew Lincoln and Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead’s “ultimate fan” Nick Santonastasso just zombie-pranked Norman Reedus while he was promoting the back half of the season in Toyko. 17-year old Nick, was born with a rare syndrome called Hanhart and has only one arm and no legs. His determination and infectious zest for life have enabled him to overcome countless obstacles and he has now become an inspiration for many kids and adults. Because of his outspoken love for “The Walking Dead,” Nick was the perfect fan to launch the “#getFOXed” campaign. Check out the prank and some behind the scenes stills below.




A Few Reasons Andrea Should Still Be Alive on The Walking Dead Show

I' am a huge fan of The Walking Dead show. I love what the show has done so far. However there is one thing I didn't like about the show and that was how Andrea was portrayed on the show. This has nothing to do with Laurie Holden who played Andrea. This has to do with how the show and the people behind the scenes decided what direction Andrea would go. One thing I hear from people is that they're happy Andrea is dead. I usually ask them after that statement if they ever read the comics. Usually the response to that question is no. The Andrea that appear on the show is a totally different character from the Andrea that appears in the comics. From this point on the article will contain spoilers from the comics and the show. If you don't want spoilers from the comics and television show STOP NOW!

One complaint many had with Andrea was her relationship with The Governor. Many people hated how blinded she was not seeing how evil he was. The Andrea in the comics would've suspected The Governor right away. The Andrea in the comics is a strong woman, opinonated and very smart. She is a key figure and voice in the group. Andrea on the show was very weak minded, made careless mistakes and fans really couldn't connect with her. Regardless on how Andrea was portrayed on the show I feel that she was killed prematurely. Andrea on the show didn't really get a chance to develop into the bad ass fans of the comics know her for. Here is a couple of reasons why Andrea should have lived.

Romantic Relationship With Rick
When Andrea was killed off on the show I immediately said well I guess Rick will find solace somewhere else. Andrea and Rick are a great match for each other in this post apocalyptic world. Andrea is headstrong. She keeps Rick in line when he loses it and she has become his battery to keep going when he is feeling down. Not to mention her relationship with Carl has grown over time. It would've been great to see the chemistry between these two characters on the small screen.

She's A Great Asset In Battle

I can't think of anyone else I would want watching my back with a gun than Andrea. Her sharpshooting skills are one of the best in the comics. She also has a keen eye when it comes to sniping and is best utlizing in high areas. Check the Alexandria story arc when she saved Rick from a group trying to take over. One of the major disappointments of the show is that they didn't depict how good Andrea was with guns. The show did reveal a few glimpses of her skill, but didn't really show deadly she can be.

She's A Great Character

Besides Michonne who is one of the most popular female characters in The Walking Dead. I find Andrea character more interesting. I love Andrea' s backstory and how Andrea was introduce with her sister Amy, then to have Amy die was a great introduction. She found solace in prison when she began a relationship with Dale. Dale showed her that not all hope was lost and she began to really grow as a person. She started voicing her opinons and became more tougher with the group. This is something I wish the showed did with Andrea but never did. I feel that the show didn't really explore her story and flesh out her character enough. When her death happen on the show we heard more cheers than cries. Andrea is a great character with an amazing arc that wasn't given proper justice.

What do you think? Do you think Andrea was killed off prematurely? Did her death on the show mean anything? Let us know in the comment section.


 


Lenni Reviews: The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor Part One


Like many, I tuned in for the premier of this season of The Walking Dead and as is very unlike me, I was physically in the room for the commercials. If you noticed in the title of this review, the trilogy has suddenly been transformed into NOT a trilogy. I noticed this in the commercial for the book and promptly lost my shit. Like many who pre-ordered this book (I had it on reserve since my last review) my first thought upon seeing "part one" was "Gee, thanks for the shameless money-grab." It's the most blatant act of bait and switch I've ever seen and as a fan, I am straight up insulted. This is precisely why I take full advantage of my dayjob as a librarian: I can screen a series to see if it's worth my money to own them. Sometimes it is, sometimes it's not.

This is a case of not.

That being said, once I got over the "sticker shock" and got the book in my hot little hands; I remembered what a very wise teacher of mine said in high school about going into something with your mind made up beforehand. I opened to page one with an open mind.

No, seriously. I left my extreme anger and sarcasm for the first two books behind. And that was really hard, believe you me. This book comes in at a mere 245 pages; which leaves little room for a realistic transformation of Lilly Caul.

Fall of the Governor picks up not long after Road to Woodbury. Lilly still hates the Governor, he still doesn't trust her, and Woodbury is still lead by a creepy bastard who keeps zombie heads in fish tanks and a zombie girl on a leash in his house. Lilly goes on a couple raids and she seems to have he right attitude of it not being play time and you need to watch your ass. But her switch from "this guy is out of hand" to "gee, I think he has the right idea because the world is harsh and cruel" is so sudden, it is beyond belief. If the character straight out says "I think it's Stockholm Syndrome" (I'm paraphrasing here but Lilly used the term), the transition was too abrupt. It was forced to comply with the assault on the prison we all know is gonna happen.

Other than that, I have to admit, this book is MUCH improved over the previous installments. If you've read my reviews of those, that's not saying much but the fact remains. The writing in the beginning is "take this guy's thesaurus away" drab again but when the novel meets the comic, it picked up in quality. The cynic in me believes it's because the world was already built; you just hadda transcribe the events in the comic. But you can still screw up that part and Bonansinga didn't. Kudos to you, sir.

Even the new angle of the story coming from the other side of the coin, as it were, isn't enough to separate the novel from the comic. You've read the comic, you know what happens. The side story with Lilly and her new boyfriend(?) Austin is forgettable. Glen and Maggie are a better couple to watch, in my opinion. Besides, who wants to hear them muse about their relationship when you get to read the prose version of the Governor and Michonne meeting face to face. That was the best writing I have seen in this series so far. Keep it at that caliber, and I may not hate the next one from first glance.

As I finished the book, I did check out some other reviews and to sum up, I agree with them; it's a cheat. It's not fair to split up the conclusion this way and these books do NOT live up to the promise of the comic books or the show. They are forgettable at best and cringe-worthingly bad at worst. I am only looking forward to the last book to say I finished the series. Because, let's face it: We all read this story already. And it was better the first time they told it.

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