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[Editor's note: If you hadn't noticed, we've had a cross-posting deal with our friends at io9 for a couple of months now which is why we're able to provide you details from SDCC even though we can't be there.]

We got a chance to view the very first footage from AMC's The Walking Dead and it's pretty frightening. Its gritty realism is taken directly from the graphic novels. Also, Bear McCreary was unveiled as the show's new composer!

Here's what we saw:

Opening with crows picking at an animal, it's immediately obvious that this is gonna be a damn creepy ride.

Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) is on the job. We see the sheriff's deputy before he's shot and trapped inside the hospital of nightmares.

His brain flips through a barrage of snapshots from his past life and what we assume is the state of the current world outside before he pops awake. Rick falls out of his bed and enters a hallway where the sterility has been marred by blood and body parts. He looks up, and there's the pic we've seen of the poorly worded door holding out zombies: "Don't open. Dead inside."

Continue reading after the break, and check out the teeny leaked trailer.

Our hero stumbles outside and encounters a slew of covered dead bodies behind the hospital. Here it gets jumpy. We see Rick searching his empty house for his family, and chatting with Lennie James' Tyrese while trying to wrap his mind around the truth of what is going on in their corner of the world.

"You know about the dead people, right?" Tyrese asks Rick. "It's not the dead ones you have to worry bout, it's the walkings."

And he points our hero toward Atlanta, shuffling him out the door and warning him to shoot anything, no matter how hard that may soon seem.

There's some "filler" (by which I mean awesome footage) of Rick kicking ass and killing zombies, stringing up a non-zombiefied man and facing down a tiny adorable little zombie girl in a pink bathrobe as she clutches her Teddy and heads toward him.

Shot on Super 16, in what Frank Darabont endearingly describes as "film grain creepy" zombie style, the grit is the most striking part of the footage. It embraces the underlying graphic novel roots and exemplifies the messy deaths we're gonna get to see.

We get a glimpse at Rick's family, struggling in Atlanta as the zombies infect that town too. They're trying to warn people to stay away exactly as we see Rick on his horse riding down the desolate interstate toward the city.

The footage ends with Rick warding off one zombie, then a couple, then a few and finally trapping himself inside a tank in downtown Atlanta with a horde closing in on him.

Definitely a lack of blood and guts, but as the showrunners tell it, the footage shown is misleading and cleaned up all because Comic-Con is a family show.

Good thing AMC is a cable network, because all I want is blood and gory, gory deaths.

Originally published on io9 by Caitlin Petrokovitz

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soma (10 years ago) Reply

Better trailer here


wa5 (10 years ago) Reply

seems very 28 days later... looks like it may be pretty good.
They should be shot for wrecking the Goat though.


agentorange (10 years ago) Reply

LOVE the use of The Walker Brothers' "The Sun ain't Gonna Shine Anymore." So great.

AMC is my co-pilot.


masque36 (10 years ago) Reply

the book is fuckin awesome. I can't wait for this series too start.


soma (10 years ago) Reply

could this be the greatest thing ever to happen to TV??

The comics are really dark too - so got high hopes for this.


R.C. (10 years ago) Reply

What the? The whole waking up from a coma in a hospital, to see everything destroyed by infection/zombie apocalypse has been done before. But, this still looks good.


tim (10 years ago) Reply

you realize that Rober Kirkman wrote the "The whole waking up from a coma in a hospital, to see everything destroyed by infection/zombie apocalypse" before "28 Days Later" was releaser, right? It just happens that it was released before "The Walking Dead".


Tyler (10 years ago) Reply

I am very excited for this to grace AMC. I almost wish they would have landed this series on HBO or Showtime, but it works. I think the comics are fantastic. I have never really read comics and I picked up the series instantly. I hope they treat the series with the same level of craft that has been put into the comics.


Peace Angel (10 years ago) Reply

The Trailer is awesome I cant wait for the series!!!!!!
Lennie James is Morgan not Tyrese and the boy with him is his Duane played by Adrian Kali Turner. J

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