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Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride Ink New Deals

November 09, 2018

As AMC turns the page to the next chapter of The Walking Dead, which is surprisingly exciting as it heads towards a six-year time jump and a Rick Grimes movie trilogy starring Andrew Lincoln, it would appear that the network is laying the foundation for the future. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride are settling in as the series leads with new deals that last for the next three years of the franchise.

These new contracts are not only lucrative deals, but also are not limited to the television show alone, which suggests that Daryl and Carol might appear in other The Walking Dead properties, possibly even films, one-offs, or other specials. Regardless, this news firmly establishes these two stars as the key fixtures for the post-Rick era of the series. In addition, Danai Gurira is also in talks for a new deal that should keep Michonne in the fold in a similar way as well.

Reedus’ new deal is reportedly worth $350,000 per episode with additional guarantees and upfront payments. Advance money may end up in the range of $50 million to $90 million. On the other hand, McBride’s deal is said to be worth around $20 million over the course of the new contract. Gurira’s own deal might take some time to come together considering her breakout status from starring in Black Panther and other higher-profile projects.

Also reported by THR is that the most recent episode of The Walking Dead, the last for Andrew Lincoln, saw a slight ratings bump of a 2.1 rating in its key demographic, along with 5.41 million viewers, that may hint at more increases to come as news spreads of the upcoming films and new direction of the television series, which is jumping ahead another six years following Rick’s departure out of the main group.

Lauren Cohan’s possibly-temporary exit will certainly factor into the story as it picks back up years later, but overall happened a bit more quietly than Lincoln’s. Her character’s future is being left wide open and it sounds like the only real limitations for having her return to play Maggie is with respect to scheduling.

Showrunner Angela Kang and AMC programming president David Madden confirmed the news that the previous episode was the last time we will see Maggie this season and offered fans some hope that this won’t be Cohan’s last time appearing on the show. Kang commented that there are certainly more ideas left for the character’s journey and a mutual interest in telling those stories, which bodes well for fans who want to see more of the actress.

We’ve been talking to Lauren and hopefully we’ll get to tell more story for her. We definitely have some things up our sleeve that we’d love to do. A lot of that is just a scheduling conversation, so hopefully that will all work out, because I think mutually we would like to continue with Maggie’s story, for sure.

Considering all of the recent developments to come from this pivotal episode of The Walking Dead, the future is certainly looking bright for a franchise that was in desperate need of some fresh air. There were many ways to approach this moment but it feels like AMC might have chosen the right one. Rick Grimes lives on and the show is gearing up to feel fresher than ever.

The Walking Dead continues Sunday nights on AMC with three more episodes before its midseason hiatus. The next episode is shaping up to look much different than the same old show from the last nine years, give or take. Will you be tuning in?

Melissa Teases Bad News for Carol Fans

October 10, 2016

Melissa McBride continues to tease a dark fate for her character Carol in The Walking Dead Season 7.

The actress shared a cryptic message to The Walking Dead TV panel audience at New York Comic Con 2016 about Carol’s future. Here’s what McBride had to say: “Every step she’s taken up to this moment has just devastated her…What is it about this world that makes us want to survive so much? That’s a huge question.”

There comments make us nervous. McBride has consistently talked about Carol’s dark path while promoting The Walking Dead Season 7 . Carol has always pulled through the darkness and survived despite the odds stacked against her. We’ve seen Carol’s resilience in The Walking Dead Season 5 when she covered herself in walker guts and made a makeshift missile launcher to rescue Rick’s group from the Terminus cannibals.

However, Carol isn’t doing so well by the end of The Walking Dead Season 6 finale. Carol wants peace and doesn’t believe she will get that in Alexandria. She’s starting to lose herself, and it could mean the show is preparing to say goodbye to the character. In the comics, Carol goes through a similar depression after she catches Tyrese cheating on her with Michonne. Carol feels alone and starts to distance herself from her daughter Sophia. She tries latching on to Rick and Lori, but fails to convince them to have an open marriage.

Carol then ties up a walker in the prison basketball court and lets it devour her. She essentially dies from suicide by walker. If Carol is too far gone, the show could have a similar fate for the character. At this point, if Carol has to kill people again she will probably turn the gun on herself. She can’t carry any more guilt and the only person who truly sees that is Morgan . He’s tried desperately to help her want to live; if Morgan fails Carol, it’s likely he’ll spiral back into his old ways.

Do you think Carol will make in past The Walking Dead Season 7? Let us know in the comments below. The Walking Dead Season 7 premieres Oct. 23 on AMC.

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Premiere Episode Will ‘Rock The Walls!’

September 05, 2016

The countdown for the return of “The Walking Dead” Season 7 is now starting as fans are now all excited to see who will receive Lucille’s end. As the stars are now teasing what they know will happen, Melissa McBride has another question for everyone who wants to know what will occur.

Melissa McBride’s Mother Asks If She Will Die Next

“If I could tell you, would you really want me to tell you?” Melissa McBride questioned the ones asking her who will die in “The Walking Dead” Season 7. In fact, the 51-year-old star, who plays the role of Carol, was often asked but she wasn’t given a chance to tell the truth. Even her mother wants to know what will be the future of Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) captives, as per Entertainment Weekly.

With her excitement, Melissa McBride’s mom questioned her if she is the one who will die in the first episode of “The Walking Dead” Season 7. “‘Did you die?’ I’m like, ‘Mom, I wasn’t in that scene,'” she happily shared.

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Premiere Episode Will ‘Rock The Walls!’

Moreover, there are some fans that got angry for letting them hang with a major cliffhanger in the season finale of “The Walking Dead” Season 6. “It’s compelling and some people like cliffhangers, some people hate them, and that’s just part of the experience,” Melissa McBride explained. She also added that she is hoping everyone who gets mad will still watch the show as “The Walking Dead” Season 7’s premiere episode is going to “rock the walls!”

Not only that, Melissa McBride also teased that fans will surely feel that the waiting game for the coming “The Walking Dead” Season 7 is definitely worth the wait. Inquisitr also reported that the new installment is set to have additional communities, leaders and survivors. The story of the Hilltop Colony will be unfolded as Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Shiva and The Kingdom will all appear in the third episode. “The Walking Dead” Season 7 will return on Oct. 23 on AMC.

New teaser promo for The Walking Dead season 6

August 31, 2015

During last night’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead, AMC debuted a short new promo for the upcoming sixth season of The Walking Dead, which you can see right here…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKxiQiSpyk8

The Walking Dead season 6 gets underway on AMC on October 11th, with returning cast members Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Lennie James, Seth Gilliam, Michael Cudlitz, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Alexandra Breckenridge and Austin Nichols joined by newcomers Ethan Embry, Corey Hawkins and Merritt Wever.

For Your Consideration: The 2015 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series!

March 04, 2015

With the Chainsaw Award voting still in session, FANGORIA believes that every nominee deserves a fair shot at the award in question. Yet when it comes to performances, the objective nature of cinema really takes a hold of the voter: fans of one kind of particular horror may disregard a contender altogether if they believe their project to be not their “type of horror.” Nevertheless, FANGORIA wants to shine a light on these nominees to give voters a better understanding of what makes their performances stand out within the genre this year.

Of course, there are a fair share of contenders who unfortunately didn’t make the cut in 2014. Michelle Monaghan, although fantastic in her performance, was a victim of underwriting in TRUE DETECTIVE, which cost her a potential nod in this category. The same goes for the marvelous Olivia Cooke in BATES MOTEL, whose role as Norman’s perpetually ill love interest was far too underused among the second season’s varied subplots. Angela Bassett was also straight-up great on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, but unfortunately, her flamboyant performance lacked that special something to make it Chainsaw Award worthy. And while Season Five has given the most multi-dimensional version of Danai Gurira’s Michonne on THE WALKING DEAD, the character is still too stoic and predictable that Gurira’s excellent performance can’t break through the writer’s glass ceiling.

So without further ado, here are your FANGORIA Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series…

Gillian Anderson, HANNIBAL
Madeleine Martin, HEMLOCK GROVE
Melissa McBride, THE WALKING DEAD
The obvious fan favorite among this year’s nominees, Melissa McBride has really delivered in Season 5 as Carol, a character many thought would be gone from the series altogether after Season 4. But McBride has earned her praise hand over fist, as her committed and physical performance improves both the writing and acting of any scene she shares. Furthermore, McBride has completely sold her transformation as a character from victimized wife to seasoned survivor, and is easily one of the most compassionate performances among the massive cast.
Billie Piper, PENNY DREADFUL
Deborah Ann Woll, TRUE BLOOD

If you would like to vote for any of these nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, check out the full ballot here and send your completed ballot to chainsaw@fangoria.com.