When I visited the Atlanta set of "The Walking Dead" in June, I spoke with "Walking Dead" writer, director and producer Frank Darabont ("The Mist"), who made it clear he's not only a hardcore fan of the Image Comics series, he simply can't wait to get to some of the fan-favorite characters that appear later on in the story.
"I can't wait to get to Michonne and The Governor," grinned Darabont. "I can't wait to get to those characters. I love those characters."
Name-dropping two of the series most popular characters (but for very different reasons), Darabont indicated that they're both on his radar, but whether we'll see them brought to life depends on the success of the initial six-episode arc of "The Walking Dead."
"I'm champing at the bit to get to that part of that narrative," he said. "Of course, you've got to earn it. We've got to lead up to it with what we're doing. But I really can't wait to get those characters in play. And Tyrese [too]..."
In fact, Darabont assured fans that all of the major characters from the comic book series are likely to have a role in later episodes of the tv series, even though the narrative is likely to drift away from the source material occasionally.
"I think all the people who fans of the comic know and love will be in play here as we go," he promised.
"The Walking Dead" premieres Halloween night, October 31, at 10 PM EST on AMC. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Steven Yeun, among other actors.