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Did They Just Say Fresno? ‘Walking Dead’ edition

Sunday night’s mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” was exhilarating. It was filled with plenty of tension and — as seems to be the case as more of this zombie-apocalypse tale unravels — many more questions. I won’t get all spoiler-ish on you if you haven’t watched it yet, but I did want to share an answer to one of the questions in last night’s episode, courtesy of … Fresno?!? Yep, a Fresno fan called into the “Talking Dead” after-show on AMC and quizzed creator Robert Kirkman. The clip is below. If you don’t want the episode spoiled don’t watch this. If you do watch it, don’t complain to me.

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Robert Kirkman interview lucky break

IMG_8147.jpg I tried for weeks before the AMC series “The Walking Dead” went on the air to get an interview with Robert Kirkman. If you have seen the cable series based on his Image Comics series that launched in 2003, then you know the guys is an amazing writer. Every effort failed. Finally, the show went on the air without landing even a few minutes with Kirkman.

It looked like the recent WonderCon was going to be the answer as Kirkman was scheduled to be at the San Francisco event for three days. The result of weeks of e-mails and telephone calls to the publicist to line up an interview ended the same way. There was to be no interview with Kirkman.

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than diligent. I arrived at the room where I was to do interviews for the new “Green Lantern” video to find it empty except for two men. Kirkman was being interviewed. As soon as the interview was over, I walked over to tell Kirkman how much I liked his work.

“Are you my 10:45 interview?” Kirkman asked. I told him that my efforts to talk to him fell on ears as dead as zombies.

“Well, the other person is late. If you’re ready we can talk now,” Kirkman says. I didn’t tell him I had been prepared for this interview for months.

It took a long time to happen, but the interview with Kirkman was worth it. You’ll see that story in a few weeks.

Entertainment this weekend


Life and death themes top this weekend’s entertainment options.

“The Walking Dead” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC: This is a first rate adaptation of the popular Robert Kirkman comic books. The series follows a group of survivors who must battle to stay alive in a world filled with zombies. Please not, this cable series is very graphic and not for the faint of heart.

“Hereafter”: The new Clint Eastwood film about life after death features a strong performance by Matt Damon and a storyline that will make you think. Although it opens with a splash, this is a very quiet and caring movie.

“Winter’s Bone”: With this movie, 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence jumps to the head of the class among the young actors currently working in films. She turns in an Oscar-worthy performance as a courageous Ozark Mountains girl who faces numerous dangers to save her home and family. Director Debra Granik gives Lawrence an almost alien world to work in through the closed-minded, fearful and backwoods mountain community that provides the setting.