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Published On: Thu, Jan 12th, 2012

Sam Witwer reveals scrapped plans for Walking Dead webseries prequel

That zombie in the tank from the pilot episode is none other than “Being Human” star Sam Witwer.

Speaking with Paranormal Pop Culture:

“He said to me, ‘Look, I think it would be really cool to tell a prequel story about how Atlanta fell, do Black Hawk Down, but with zombies, have a few main characters pass through, but the lead will be you. You’re a soldier and all these horrible things happen, and the chain of command breaks down, and, eventually, you have to take out your superior officer. Then, eventually, in the end, you get bit,’” Witwer, who previously worked with Darabont on The Mist, said. “He’s pitching me this. ‘You’re crawling and you crawl into this tank and you have a grenade and you’re going to blow yourself up, but you set the grenade next to you and you die. Then, we reprise the scene from the pilot, where Rick gets in the tank and there’s a zombie there.’

“If you look closely, I played that zombie, because we were setting up this prequel we were going to do. If you watch the pilot of The Walking Dead, that’s me in the tank as the zombie, and then Rick blasts him and he gets deafened, and he gets that grenade which saves him at the end of the season.”

But AMC apparently was looking to slash production costs, a demand that reportedly led to Darabont’s firing in July, and plans for the web series were scrapped.

“It’s not happening now. Why? Because AMC wanted to save a few bucks,” Witwer continued. “That is just one example of the kind of cool, awesome forethought, this guy has put into this show, that is now absolutely written off. For me, it doesn’t matter much because I’m busy doing Being Human. We were going to schedule things around. I’m not lamenting the loss of a job, I’m lamenting the loss of an amazing idea. And there are dozens and dozens of amazing ideas just like that, which are now gone.”

http://www.paranormalpopculture.com/2012/01/sam-witwer-as-aidan-courtesy-syfy-as.html

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