The Walking Dead filming distracted by drones and cameras

Deanna Monroe and Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead - AMC
Deanna Monroe and Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead - AMC /

The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on TV.  The rabid following that has formed around the popular AMC zombie survival drama is amazing.  These fans are some of the best people in the world to interact with, but some of them also go too far in the pursuit of spoilers and information about upcoming episodes.

Carol Peletier, The Walking Dead - AMC
Carol Peletier, The Walking Dead – AMC /

I admit that I’m part of the problem.  When an interesting spoiler or rumor comes along, I have absolutely no problem passing it along to our readers in order to figure out how the fan base would relate to certain events that may or may not happen on the show.  However, I don’t think I’d ever go as far to disrupt things on the set to get information.

That is the problem that is facing The Walking Dead concerning fans with fancy cameras and the invention of drones with cameras attached to them.  Recently, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with several people close to The Walking Dead about some of the things that people do to get spoilers and why that might not be a great idea in all cases.

Showrunner Scott M. Gimple wants to keep the actors and crew safe as well as keep the story fresh for the viewers.

"“We do like preserving the story for the audience. With the advent of drones, it can become such a game of cat and mouse that as far as sneaking a peek at the actors walking to set, we want to just keep our actors safe and the people who might be looking safe — like [when they’re] in the street.”"

Scott M. Gimple (showrunner, The Walking Dead), Talking Dead - AMC
Scott M. Gimple (showrunner, The Walking Dead), Talking Dead – AMC /

That’s Scott M. Gimple for you.  Not only does he care about the well being of his show, his cast, and his crew, but he also wants to be sure that the people who are trying to catch a glimpse of the action are safe as well.  Meanwhile, Sonequa Martin-Green (who plays Sasha on The Walking Dead) spoke about the lengths that the actors sometimes have to go through in order to keep themselves and the story they’re telling on the show intact.

"“Sometimes people have to be covered — because sometimes you can tell a specific story point based on what someone’s wearing or what their makeup looks like — so in that case, we do what we can to cover in order to protect the story. Not to vilify anybody who’s trying to find secrets, just so we can make sure the story is intact for the audience.”"

While it’s kind of sad that the actors and crew have to go so far in order to try to protect the storyline of The Walking Dead, it is a necessary thing.  No matter what happens, fans will always be hungry for spoilers and want to squeeze every last bit of information they can out of a show before it airs.  In the digital age, getting information before other people can be a very profitable business.

Many fans of The Walking Dead don’t look for spoilers or scour the internet for clues as to what will happen in upcoming episodes. there will always be the need for people to get things to talk about and keep the buzz going about the show.  Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead’s Abraham Ford) thinks of it as a compliment.

"“If we were to say there were 100 people that watched our show, 98 of those people are not on the Internet looking at these clues. It’s great. It gives them things to talk about and speculate about. Almost 100 percent of the time they’re wrong about specifically what’s going on but it keeps it alive. It’s a total compliment.”"

What do you think?  Is it wrong to go after spoilers so hard that it disrupts filming?  Or do you feel that fans are entitled to try to squeeze every bit of information they can out of the filming of The Walking Dead?  Let me know your opinion in the comments below.

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