AMC usually goes all out when setting up booths to promote The Walking Dead at the San Diego Comic-Con, and this year they did not disappoint their fans. This year, The Walking Dead fans who attend SDCC will get to experience the season six finale scene where Negan introduces Lucille to Rick’s gang, as reported by Movie Pilot. Of course, there is no indication of who gets to “meet” Lucille, but the experience is still the same for die-hard fans. There are also actual walkers – well, actors who are made up to look like walkers, in the booth to further enhance the experience for TWD fans, as shown in the featured video above and the tweeted video below.
As you can see, all of the characters who were at the mercy of Negan and his bat, Lucille, in the season six cliffhanger are in the scene — Glenn, Rosita, Daryl, Michonne, Abraham, Maggie, Rick, Sonya, Aaron, Carl, and Eugene — and kneeling in front of the RV with Negan standing in the center, brandishing Lucille. Fans are encouraged to take pictures (or selfies) next to their favorite TWD characters. The characters, although very realistic looking, are not real, of course, they are prosthetic creations of Greg Nicotero, who is the special effects wizard and designer behind TWD as well as an executive producer and director of the popular series.
The AMC/TWD booths at SDCC have always been amazing, last year TWD fans got to see and experience the scene where Noah gets killed by walkers in the revolving door. In 2014, fans could experience Terminus and in 2013, fans saw scenes from Rick on patrol at the prison and the Governor’s secret room, complete with Penny in her cage. Fans could take pictures in front of the prison, with Rick in the tower on watch duty, or they could take pictures of themselves sitting in the Governor’s favorite recliner.
In 2012, the AMC booth at SDCC featured a real TWD experience, fans were subjected to a four level obstacle course and had to “avoid infection” to make it out alive. TWD fans were also given another interactive opportunity to take pictures with Michonne and her two “pets,” but one was in walker form and the other was in “pre-walker” form. In 2011, fans could take their picture alongside Merle, handcuffed on the rooftop with walkers trying to break down the door. Last, but not least, the first season of TWD was represented before the series even premiered at SDCC in 2010 with a scene from the murder-suicide scene which Rick found himself searching for gas.
The official AMC blog promises that on Friday, July 22, The Walking Dead Panel will be at 1 p.m. PST, and members of TWD cast and executive producers will be on hand to answer questions about the series. Most importantly, the long-awaited Season 7 Premiere of TWD will be shown during the panel discussion. Among the panelists besides the complete TWD cast will be Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Greg Nicotero. The panel will also be moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.
Also from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. PST on Friday, fans can meet with the cast members of TWD to get autographs. There will also be a press conference taking place Friday from 4 – 5 p.m. PST at the Hilton Bayfront. Fans should note that no cameras will be allowed at the press conference.
Unfortunately, The Walking Dead Escape experience, that started in 2012 and continued to be featured at SDCC since, will not be featured at SDCC this year. Instead, Fear the Walking Dead fans can “Experience Fear” on board the Abigail. The Fear the Walking Dead Panel will be an hour before TWD Panel, from 12 – 1 p.m. PST. Check out the AMC SDCC map to check out other TWD, FTWD events and exhibits.
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