Dispatches From the Set – Gale Anne Hurd (Executive Producer)
The Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd talks about Season 4’s ravenous new walkers and which characters from the show would make great producers.
Q: Sports teams have a boot camp-like practice to get back in shape for the season. What do you do to get everyone back in the swing of things on the set of The Walking Dead?
A: We have to hit the ground running every season. We do have zombie school every year, so our walkers get up to speed. It’s really more of a winnowing-out process — that extras who are eager to become zombies come in and audition for Greg [Nicotero] and he selects the ones that are most unique and believable. But in general, this is our fourth season, and people are so eager to get back. After the first set-up this year, everyone applauded and cheered.
Q: Every year the walkers show us something new. What can fans expect from Season 4’s walkers?
A: I think we’ll have walkers who are even more ravenous than before. We’re in a world where there are fewer people and more walkers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw that on-screen this season.
Q: What’s been one of the biggest challenges of producing a show like The Walking Dead?
A: We have serious weather issues to contend with. We had one day where there was a torrential downpour and a tree fell on the set, so you just have to roll with stuff like that. Other times, you realize that a character that you thought might live actually has to die.
Q: Is being Executive Producer of a show about a zombie apocalypse similar to surviving one in any way?