Scott Gimple Says Next Week's The Walking Dead Will Be Funny

The season premiere of The Walking Dead evoked a lot of emotions. There was that queasy feeling when we saw Glenn get walloped so hard on the noggin that his eye popped out and his fingers kept twitching even though his head was smashed to pieces. There was a deep sadness as Maggie looked upon Glenn's grisly remains. There was the overwhelmingly dread we felt as Rick prepared to cut off his own son's hand.

Aside from Negan making a bad joke about Lucille having a thirst for blood because she's a "vampire bat," there wasn't any humor in the episode — and rightfully so. However, one might make the case that Abraham telling Negan, "Suck my nuts," after getting knocked on the head the first time was semi-funny.

On the 90-minute long Talking Dead recap show, hosted by Chris Hardwick, that followed the premiere, showrunner Scott Gimple revealed that next Sunday's episode — titled "The Kingdom, directed by Greg Nicotero, and 76-minutes long — will be filled with humor.

"It is funny," Gimple revealed to the lively crowd at the Hollywood Forever Graveyard. "It's actually funny after the episode you just saw." 10:34 "There is a tiger. There is King Ezekiel."


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Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead reigns as television’s most watched drama for adults 18-49 and tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.

The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol, Sonequa-Martin Green as Sasha, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.


The Walking Dead is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

"The Kingdom" episode of The Walking Dead will air Sunday, October 30 at 9/8c on AMC.