Walking Dead fans who were worried that a recent development on AMC's hit zombie series would be strung out for several episodes can rest assured—payoff is coming quickly in the latter part of season two.
In an interview with TV Guide, showrunner Robert Kirkman said that (spoiler alert!) Lori Grimes' car crash in last week's episode will be resolved quickly and not become another several-week ordeal like the ill-fated search for Sophia that lasted several episodes.
"It's really not something I would recommend for pregnant women to partake in," Kirkman said of the crash, which saw a distracted Lori mow over a walker, then flip her car into the woods. "This is not going to be another story where, oh my God, we have to find Lori for a number of episodes. That's not how it's going to play out."
So, good to know—this whole cliffhanger should play out sooner rather than later.
Kirkman also talked about the tense finale of last week's "Nebraska," which saw Rick step up and take out two vagabonds who were trying to bully their way to Hershel's farm.
"In a season that is all about Rick taking on his leadership role and emerging as the clear leader of this group, and whether or not he's going to do that, this is really the first step in him saying, 'I am a guy who is capable. I am a guy who is willing to do whatever it takes to keep these people safe,'" he said. "That really is the first sign of him taking that step, and it's a big step."
Executive producer Glen Mazzara added that the remainder of season two will see Rick grappling with his humanity and the ruthlessness needed for the new world order.
"When Shane broke open the barn and there was that massacre, and then Sophia stepped out, Rick was the leader. Rick stepped forward," he said. "He's the only one who could put that little girl down. Rick is a strong leader, but the idea that his humanity is somehow a character flaw, as seen by Shane, for example, is very interesting. That's something that we're interested in looking at. Rick tries to do the right thing. It never really works out, and then he has to do something else, and maybe that doesn't work out."
Mazzara also touched on the big mystery established last year—Dr. Jenner's secret whisper to Rick—and reiterated it will be answered this season.
"[T]he fans will be satisfied by the end of our finale," he said. "It's a very balls-out storytelling, and I think fans will feel certainly satisfied with having questions answered."
Sound off: Did you enjoy the slow boil of the Sophia search early in season two, or are you looking forward to a more exciting second half?
(via TV Guide).