‘The Walking Dead’ Star: Everyone Expected the Show to Fail

The Walking Dead star Lennie James recounts how the now-worldwide phenomenon got a slow start, saying the eight-year-running zombie series wasn’t expected to outlive its inaugural season.

“One of the things that people forget now that Walking Dead has turned into what it turned into, arguably one of the biggest shows in the world, is that when we were first doing the first season — I knew that the first episode of the first season — at that point, they didn’t know they were going to get a second season, let alone that it was going to turn into what it turned into,” James said at Comic Con Honolulu this weekend.

“In fact, the general feeling while we were doing the pilot was, ‘This probably won’t go anywhere. But if it does, we might give you a call and you might come back.’ So that was all I knew right at the beginning.”

That first batch of six episodes, steered by The Shawshank Redemption writer-director Frank Darabont, gave way to a double-sized Season Two….

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