11.09am: If you missed our coverage of the Torchwood panel, click here to get caught up. We also have ongoing coverage of the panel for aborted pilot Locke & Key right here.
11.10am: All times in this blog are PT, which is eight hours behind the UK and three hours behind the East Coast.
11.12am: The number of large asses that have grazed my mac screen today has entered double figures.
11.15am: If you haven't yet watched the new trailer for season two, click here. It's nicely gruesome.
11.16am: The number of enthusiastic children shouting my ear today has now entered triple figures.
11.17am: We're cookin' on gas! We now have a third live blog going on. Coverage of the Tintin panel, right here. To be honest with you, I think this one is the most interesting. In fact, don't even bother clicking that link.
11.22am: Slightly later than planned, the panel is about to begin.
11.24am: The moderator welcomes out exec producer Frank Darabont, exec Gale Ann Hurd, exec Robert Kirkman and special effects guru Greg Nicotero.
11.25am: Hurd announces the premiere date for season two as Sunday, October 16 at a new time of 9pm on AMC.
11.26am: How did they sell the show to AMC? Hurd: "They have a fabulous block of programming called Fear Fest. They already had the eyeballs, they're lovers of the genre and they were looking for a show that spoke to those fans."
11.27am: Kirkman: "I heard AMC was interested after they did the pitch. It was all a fairly quick process. You've got to hand it to AMC for being a network that would try something this crazy."
11.28am: Did Kirkman ever envisage it as a TV show? "I never really did, To be honest I was kind of the mind that it would never, ever be a television show because it is so dark. The idea of the show is that people are eaten and torn apart, and that's not something you normally see on TV."
11.29am: Nicotero applauded for his work on the effects. How did he approach it? "I have a pedigree of working on zombie projects, but with this we were determined to work with the spirit of the art work and push things a bit further. We cast each zombie actor individually. We had a zombie school in Atlanta. We started with great faces and built up from there."
11.33am: Kirkman says there's "a bit of pressure" going into the second season with higher expectations. "I can say that it's just made everyone work harder. We know that it's empowered us to try harder - to tell bigger stories, knowing there's that rabid fanbase out there." Darabont: "This year we have a room full of writers who know the show now. They're fans of it."
11.34am: When did they start planning season two? Darabont: "It wasn't immediate. My brain needed a little time off. But it's always in the back of your head, percolating."
11.36am: Exclusive trailer for season two. Shane running away from zombies, falls to the floor as they advance. Starts shooting at them maniacally. "The end of civilization... was just the beginning." Andrea spots Shane kissing Lori. Rick leaves with Andrea and Glenn. The group are caught short on a freeway. Hundreds of zombies. Rick hides with Glenn under a car as they slink past. A chase through a cemetery. Zombies sitting in a church. Arriving at the farm.
11.41am: A very good trailer. Looks like Andrea has a much bigger role this season.
11.42am: The moderator introduces the cast: Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), Jon Bernthal (Shane), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Norman Reedus (Daryl).
11.44am: How did they get on board? Lincoln: "The script came through my agent. My son had just been born, I hand't slept for 18 days and I looked like a zombie. Then I screen tested in Frank's garage with his dog."
11.45am: Callies: "On this one, I was worried I might have jinxed it because I loved it so much. It's such a joy. It's hard to overstate. The scripts this season are unprecedented. They are the best television scripts I've ever seen. In season two you realise that the most dangerous thing out there are the monsters within."
11.46am: Bernthal: "I think like everyone else, it started with getting a script that blew me away. The best pilot I ever read in my life. Never does a pilot pay heed to character and atmosphere. I'd never read anything that rich. It keeps getting better and better. It is capped by you - The Walking Dead fans are the best in the world. They're smart, they love it, and they're hungry. And we want to feed you!"
11.48am: Holden - how did she switch off after working? "Season one was very challenging, with the death of Amy because she was the love of my life. There was no cleansing. I cleansed after the season wrapped. In season two every character is pushed to the max. The writing is so superb. Every script is gold. I think you're going to be so thrilled."
11.50am: DeMunn: "I was working on another job, Frank called me up and said, 'how would you like to come to Atlanta and kill zombies?' I said 'I'll do it'. I hadn't seen any script! I approach Dale each day as freshly as I can and see what comes out."
11.51am: Yeun: "Other actors might hate me for this but I was one of those fortunate cases where I'd just moved to LA and the stars aligned. I read for it and they enjoyed what I did. I was a fan of the comic book before. I read the script and I wigged out."
11.53am: Yeun describes his daily routine of "checking for ticks". "There are ticks everywhere," he adds. "Sometimes they're small. One of them climbed my mountain and went to sleep right on the peak of the mountain." What on earth could he be talking about?!
11.55am: Reedus says he bought a redneck truck after he got the part. "I'm starting to love Georgia. I may never leave." He says the best part about the role is "having a crossbow to shoot zombies."
11.57am: Kirkman says that if he were really in a zombie apocalypse, he'd just kill himself. "It's no fun. I'd jump off a bridge. I'm fine with becoming a zombie." Hurd encourages him to "read the comic book. Learn the rules, Robert!" She's referring to the fact that in the comics, anyone who dies becomes a zombie regardless.
11.58am: Darabont says season two kicks off "five seconds in an overlap from the first season. It's them driving away from the CDC. None of this bullshit 'six months later' stuff."
11.59am: Audience questions. Who would they like to play The Governor and Tyrese. "Ed O'Neill and Ed O'Neill," replies Kirkman, who says he is a huge fan of the Modern Family star. Darabont adds that they are "having those conversations" seriously at the moment.
12.01pm: Who does their own stunts? Lincoln: "When I started they said they'd like me to do as much of it as I felt comfortable with. I did pretty much all of my own stunts, apart from taking the horse down. Even driving, and I only learnt to drive four years ago."
12.02pm: Bernthal: "We do as much as we can ourselves. It's an incredibly game group of actors and an incredibly game crew. We go for it as much as we possibly can. We're all banged up and bruised." Holden: "When you get your cuts, it's like you've earned your day."
12.03pm: Reedus - what's weirder, working on this show or the Lady Gaga video? "By far, this is the best and the weirdest. I love Gaga though. She's super cool."
12.05pm: Nicotero giving a young man some advice on how to get into the special effects industry. I'm assuming you don't want to hear about this so while we wait for him to finish, I'll share a fun fact with you: Betty White is 89 years old.
12.08pm: Question about Carl's development this season. Callies: "I was brought to tears by how proud I am of him. He's so professional. He did a scene the other day that will take your breath away. He moved from a series of emotions, to terror, to peace, to beauty, to loss, with a fluidity that every actor could learn from."
12.11pm: Kirkman asked about how closely Rick's trauma in the comics will be replicated in the series. "All I can say is, the plan is to get there. But we can't rush and need to do it in a way that makes sense with the show."
12.14pm: A munchkin from Munchkinland asks how DeMunn translates his theatre work into killing zombies. "The two disciplines feed each other, that's the one thing I can say. Also, having done theatre, it really tunes up the memory so I don't have problems learning lines."
12.15pm: Darabont calls for the trailer to be played again.
12.20pm: And that's a wrap on this panel. Thanks for joining us! I'm back at 2.15pm (10.15pm UK) with coverage of the screening and panel for ABC's new horror series The River. Live coverage of Comic-Con continues through the day here on Digital Spy.
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