Mercy Prevails in New 'Walking Dead' Billboard in Brooklyn

The Walking Dead will be getting a painted wall billboard in Brooklyn, New York to prepare for the [...]

The Walking Dead will be getting a painted wall billboard in Brooklyn, New York to prepare for the back half of its eighth season.

The billboard has a special meaning to the show's executive producer and VFX genius Greg Nicotero. Nicotero wanted to reflect on some of his favorite titles and most influential works in the new collage, which features each of The Walking Dead's main characters, so he tapped Christopher Sly for the job. Check out the collage, as revealed by EW, below!


"As a kid, I was heavily influenced by movie poster artists… John Berkey (the 1976 version of King Kong, The Towering Inferno), Roger Kastel (Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back), and our season 1 poster artist Drew Struzan (Back to the Future, E.T.)," Nicotero said. "We wanted to bring back some of that style and flair in this piece by telling our story in a painting as opposed to just a photo collage."

"I've loved Christopher's work for quite some time and brought it to [showrunner] Scott Gimple who immediately felt his style emulated a feel more akin to posters of our youth and wanted to translate that feel to The Walking Dead."

For Sly, helping out with The Walking Dead billboard's design was an easy decision. "Greg called, and we started talking about our mutual love of John Berkey's work, the King Kong poster, Towering Inferno, the great disaster movie posters," Sly said. "Greg's a really smart guy, he understands that visual language. I have Jaws and King Kong hanging on my walls, and every time, they just blow me out of the water. That's what drew me to the project, first how fast me and Greg got along, and how fast we both locked in on how much fun it would be to approach The Walking Dead in that vain."

The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its eighth season on February 25, 2018. Fear the Walking Dead will debut its fourth season after The Walking Dead concludes its eighth, at 10 pm ET on April 15. For complete coverage and insider info all year long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.