It's only days now until we finally get to revel in the gore and terror of Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse come to life in AMC's adaptation of The Walking Dead. So far critics say it lives up to the hype—and the cast of the series are here to back them up, asserting that their show is going to pay off big-time, not only in honoring the shocks of the comic book but in satisfying horror fans, too.
In a recent interview with Blastr, actors Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden and Norman Reedus tease us with some moments to watch for that will curl your toes. (Or snap them off, if you are in fact undead too!)
Rick Grimes' horseback ride into the remains of Atlanta
Actor Andrew Lincoln says the dramatic moment when his character Rick finally makes it to Atlanta is one that will chill your bones, as he experienced firsthand when they filmed it.
"It was unbelievable. There is a sequence when I ride in and they closed down four blocks of downtown Atlanta and dressed it. All the stuff you see is not CGI. It's all burnt out. The scale of it was incredible. I have been on huge, big movies in my time, but nothing came close to the detail of this set design. Everything you see is exactly what I was feeling. I watched it back and thought, 'Yup, that's exactly what it felt like!'"
Michael Rooker's Merle Dixon might be scarier than the zombies
The veteran character actor plays a hair-trigger redneck ex-con wandering the undead landscape, and according to actor Norman Reedus, who plays Merle's brother Daryl, the zombies should be scared.
"I would expect nothing less from him, and he plays it to [level] 15, and as a group we probably hit [level] 40," the actor says of their intensity. "We both amp it up. ... I remember seeing Michael in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, thinking he was rad, and then they tell me he's playing my brother!"
You think desiccating bodies on Breaking Bad are bad? Wait til you see The Walking Dead ...
Actress Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea, says horror fans should be giddy because AMC is letting their show's gross flag fly.
"The great thing is that we're working for a network that has given us tremendous creative license, so there are no limits in terms of what we are able to do, and it's really horrific and gory and dark! It's not pretty, and we're not dancing around it. It's very real and very authentic. If anything, when I go into ADR I'm like, 'Oh my God! Did we really do that? I can't actually believe it's on television.'"
The Walking Dead debuts Halloween night at 10 p.m. EST.