“The Walking Dead” is going country. When Season 2 of AMC’s hit zombie drama returns in October, expect the Walker-filled streets of Atlanta to be replaced with a more scenic backdrop.
“Season 1 focused on Atlanta so much, and we got to see desolate Atlanta and how this stuff affects cities,” “Dead” executive producer Robert Kirkman (who also created the comic books upon which the series is based) said on the show’s blog. “But rather than repeat ourselves, we’re going out into the woods. We’re gonna see a lot of rural roads and open fields see how bad things are as you get away from the city centers.”
More specifically, the gang of CDC refugees will be “dropping anchor” at Hershel’s Farm, according to writer, director and executive producer Frank Darabont. “Last season was so challenging because it was different locations pretty much every episode,” Darabont said. “Here, we’re sorta following the template of the comic book and that puts us at Hershel’s Farm for a good chunk of the season. Obviously we range out from there, but it’s a primary location for the season and that’s a terrific advantage really.”
Darabont and Kirkman dropped several more hints about the upcoming season – including a potential baby on board. “I don’t know if we’re giving anything away, but…something as simple in the comic books as ‘Lori gets pregnant’ winds up being sort of a fantastic complication on screen,” Darabont said.
And keep an eye out for a possible love interest for Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) rescuer, Glenn (Steve Yeung). “He ended up being a fan favorite in the first season, so we get to see a little bit of romance for this guy,” Kirkman said.