When it comes to zombie movies, there is often a lot of talk that happens for a long time without much to show it.  Think World War Z. Thankfully, The Walking Dead has cast of the curse of development and has moved into the actual filming process under the guidance of director Frank Darabont.

AMCTV was polite enough to share this first look image with us, which shows a female zombie.  To be honest, this really isn’t all that exciting other than being physical proof that filming has begun and that there will, in fact, be bloody zombies in the series.

This particular image does give us hope that the series will be as gross and as violent as it is on the page.  The lighting here is a bit harsh and over-exposed, but who knows what context we’re seeing this in.  Hopefully the show will be darker and moodier, which would spice up the image and make it more scary, less detailed.

This October we’ll be treated to at least six episodes, which will hopefully lead to a full season pick-up.  If you’re unfamilair with The Walking Dead, you really should do yourself a favor and pick up a few of the Trade Paperbacks.  The first five or six volumes are some of the most interesting books out there and definitely among the best horror/zombie works ever put on the page.  The later volumes are still good, though a bit different and a whole ton of a lot darker.  Where the first volumes, in my opinion, are A+, the others are merely As.  So, seriously, these are good books.

The basic storyline follows police officer Rick Grimes as he searches the desolate American landscape, hunting for his family and collecting a ragtag group of survivors as he goes along.

If AMC handles this well, which with their track record we can assume they will, there are at least ten seasons worth of great material ready for the adapting.  Stay tuned for more awesome as it develops.

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