Seeing as The Walking Dead is one of — if not the — most popular TV shows currently airing, you wouldn't think TWD creator Robert Kirkman would have any regrets about the hit series. Turns out he has a big one.
If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have done the CDC episode [at the end of season one]," Kirkman told THR of the episode in which CDC doc Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich) reveals to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that everyone is already infected.
The reveal came at an early stage for the zombie drama — which had yet to break out to become the ratings juggernaut it has become in season five, where it continues to rank as TV's No. 1 show among the all-important adults 18-49 demographic.
"It possibly gave away too much information and was such a big change very early on in the series," Kirkman said.
Personally, I'm glad he did it this way, because the reveal that everyone who dies becomes a zombie, even if they haven't been bitten — which only occurs late in season 2, when Shane rises after being shot during his fight with Rick — was one of the very few interesting moments of the incredibly boring Herschel's Farm saga.
Besides, The Walking Dead is currently telling good stories well, and clearly doesn't need a shocker of that level to keep people interested — although that doesn't mean we won't get one when the mid-season finale airs tomorrow night. Although I think we much more likely to get a character death than a twist...