TV Talk

George RR Martin's advice to The Walking Dead

by | March 26, 2015 | Comments

This week in TV news, George RR Martin has advice to the survivors on The Walking Dead. Plus, Downton Abbey comes to an end, Vikings announces season four, Orange Is the New Black releases Jason Biggs, and Saturday Night Live welcomes Taraji P. Henson!

George RR Martin on Surviving in The Walking Dead

In an interview on the “Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones mastermind George RR Martin explained how he would survive the zombie apocalypse. Having just caught up on AMC’s The Walking Dead, it occurred to Martin what he would do if he were among (a different type of) walkers: live in a castle. “Whatever is happening in the United States during The Walking Dead, I’m sure they’re a lot better off in England because they’re in castles,” Martin said. “If they had any brains, they’d go to the existing castles and reinforce the walls. They can patrol on the bulwarks. No way is a zombie [getting through] — medieval siege armies couldn’t break castles with conventional artillery, and zombies don’t use artillery. Zombies don’t build trebuchets. They don’t build siege towers. There is no way they can break into a well-defended castle.” Sure, they’d have to go out and do a food run here and there, but that’s why you have guys like Reek hanging around.

Downton Abbey Is Ending After Six Seasons

Deadline confirms that Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season, expected to air in the US early next year. On a global press call Thursday, Gareth Neame of Carnival Films (which produces Downton Abbey) shared the news that he and creator Julian Fellowes decided that it’s time to end the show. “With this show we always try to get our timing right,” Neame said. “Our feeling is that it’s good to quit while you’re ahead. We feel the show is in really strong shape… The show is so popular globally but the danger with this sort of thing is to let it go on forever. It’s very addictive to want to do that.” Six seasons is a very long run by British standards and its success was a game-changer for PBS, putting Masterpiece on the mainstream map. Neame promises that the final season will provide satisfying endings for the characters, also capturing the end of the “idea of aristocracy” in Britain. Season five of Downton Abbey is currently Certified Fresh at 80 percent.

Taraji P. Henson and Michael Keaton Will Host Saturday Night Live

Suffering from Cookie withdrawal? Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson will host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live on Apr. 11 with musical guest Mumford & Sons. This will be Henson’s SNL debut (though her character was expertly parodied in an Empire sketch with Chris Hemsworth on the Mar. 7 episode of SNL). Henson’s comment on the news? “So freakin’ excited!” Birdman‘s Michael Keaton will also host SNL on Apr. 4 with Carly Rae Jepsen who is also making her Studio 8H debut when she appears as the musical guest. SNL returns from hiatus this Saturday with The Rock in 30 Rock! Dwayne Johnson will host with musical guest George Ezra.

History Renews Vikings for Season Four

History announced Thursday that it’s picking up another season of Vikings, its historical epic starring Katheryn Winnick and Clive Stanton. Currently six episodes into season three, Vikings has enjoyed respectable Live+3 ratings this year, averaging 4.3 million viewers a week. History GM Dirk Hoogstra said in a statement, “We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.” Season four begins shooting in Ireland this spring, while season three is currently Fresh at 100 percent.

Jason Biggs Will Not Be in the Next Season of Orange Is the New Black

HuffPo Live interviewed actor Jason Biggs this week, who confirmed that he will not be in season five of Orange Is the New Black. “It’s just not a Larry season,” Biggs said. “They have a lot of characters to service on that show and at the end of the day, it’s a women’s prison show, and Larry is not a woman or in prison.” Does that mean Larry’s out for good? “The good news is with a show like that, there’s always a possibility that he can come back. And I would certainly go back in a heartbeat. And I love everyone over there … those writers are unbelievable. The stuff that they come up with is pretty wild so I’m actually really excited to see season three… Even though I’m not in it.”

Tag Cloud

royal family GLAAD Action comic book movie a nightmare on elm street Tubi fresh target revenge BET genre movie golden globe awards dexter franchise sequels Teen Best and Worst joker Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt OWN 2017 supernatural festivals documentaries 21st Century Fox San Diego Comic-Con Emmy Nominations Comic-Con@Home 2021 Wes Anderson fast and furious deadpool dogs Pet Sematary GIFs rt labs 2016 Endgame Fall TV TCA 2017 Country what to watch Baby Yoda razzies superman Writers Guild of America Vudu screen actors guild MCU zero dark thirty cops Hear Us Out Sundance TV Rom-Com jurassic park superhero lord of the rings japan hispanic heritage month sopranos free movies mockumentary IFC child's play game of thrones 20th Century Fox stop motion Rock Alien rotten biopic social media Watching Series politics Opinion Photos ABC Signature Star Wars live event Emmys Tarantino sequel Paramount cancelled television Comedy Central TCA Winter 2020 new star wars movies romance television toronto TNT women Universal Pictures Black Mirror hidden camera batman Discovery Channel mcc ITV The Arrangement indie mutant Mystery Film VOD Pride Month Walt Disney Pictures news streaming Television Academy Winners CW Seed Comedy Biopics war Netflix Oscars singing competition Amazon Prime Video mob canceled TV shows Video Games crime drama 73rd Emmy Awards elevated horror Funimation strong female leads die hard Marathons Quiz football Animation 2020 vs. rom-coms posters HBO Max PBS Fox News Mary poppins dragons 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards hollywood spinoff spain screenings kids Turner Classic Movies indiana jones classics Kids & Family spy thriller 90s rt labs critics edition comiccon The Purge The CW transformers DGA cinemax french name the review YouTube BBC One YouTube Premium movies Countdown space GoT Ghostbusters USA halloween casting TruTV Musicals medical drama Mary Tyler Moore psycho rotten movies we love FX on Hulu Comics on TV all-time A&E video on demand italian zombies ABC Holiday DC streaming service E3 YouTube Red Apple TV Plus Year in Review book adaptation Spike OneApp kaiju tv talk FOX cancelled TV shows A24 live action mission: impossible Rocketman Columbia Pictures Paramount Network Pop TV suspense popular ESPN Apple TV+ TCA game show HFPA breaking bad Women's History Month TV movies nature Grammys Polls and Games zombie 24 frames Pirates aliens slasher Crackle Lionsgate Amazon Studios new york stoner comics Lucasfilm spanish language Pixar Sundance Classic Film Spectrum Originals doctor who TCA Awards RT History international festival Black History Month trailers laika serial killer canceled 2021 Exclusive Video Tags: Comedy foreign Instagram Live Horror Showtime Brie Larson First Look comic books pirates of the caribbean scary adaptation Awards Nominations Freeform debate legend directors Interview parents spider-verse Red Carpet blaxploitation dc Nickelodeon ViacomCBS Hollywood Foreign Press Association El Rey TV Land 72 Emmy Awards Rocky Academy Awards nfl Lifetime Christmas movies christmas movies Sneak Peek Awards Tour theme song leaderboard Superheroes asian-american reviews Chernobyl Disney Winter TV films crossover vampires 4/20 Spring TV hispanic prank binge Shudder stand-up comedy twilight psychological thriller historical drama PaleyFest marvel comics Binge Guide Chilling Adventures of Sabrina dceu venice Premiere Dates south america Bravo dreamworks crime thriller finale Musical Paramount Plus See It Skip It anime godzilla Pop Netflix Christmas movies Starz witnail cults E! ghosts Sci-Fi 93rd Oscars biography Trailer The Witch Apple basketball talk show young adult 45 Food Network Masterpiece WGN composers Film Festival award winner Family SundanceTV Schedule Amazon Prime Universal chucky Reality Competition animated History NYCC aapi renewed TV shows SXSW adenture CBS All Access Character Guide IFC Films critics thriller anthology LGBTQ ratings action-comedy boxing 79th Golden Globes Awards Captain marvel streaming movies USA Network rt archives Amazon hist Image Comics Neflix BBC America marvel cinematic universe Nat Geo scorecard Hallmark Christmas movies BBC docuseries Shondaland universal monsters American Society of Cinematographers Summer LGBT DC Universe New York Comic Con Adult Swim Cosplay Disney Channel YA cartoon 2019 Trivia Arrowverse technology TV One VICE kong PlayStation comic 1990s Reality FXX cancelled TV series boxoffice TV halloween tv 2015 japanese saw wonder woman HBO Go robots TCM Marvel Studios Song of Ice and Fire gangster Lifetime based on movie Pacific Islander The Academy Dark Horse Comics Peacock APB Sony Pictures Disney+ Disney Plus Certified Fresh Marvel Television disaster IMDb TV Box Office Martial Arts facebook docudrama worst golden globes Crunchyroll nbcuniversal CBS emmy awards Music natural history dramedy VH1 The Walt Disney Company Anna Paquin Hallmark Warner Bros. australia king arthur documentary RT21 Trophy Talk discovery Syfy Ellie Kemper Set visit green book Christmas Avengers Acorn TV video best 2018 FX spider-man miniseries AMC Plus book reboot feel good NBC harry potter National Geographic Epix CMT President First Reviews archives TLC 007 critic resources satire series Television Critics Association crime sitcom black Mindy Kaling Hulu Fox Searchlight Tumblr versus Marvel Star Trek The Walking Dead BAFTA teaser scary movies X-Men Mudbound Tokyo Olympics Western new zealand MSNBC Stephen King slashers know your critic cars king kong Ovation Mary Poppins Returns SDCC cooking independent 71st Emmy Awards HBO Cannes adventure Creative Arts Emmys heist movie Drama spanish TBS police drama Super Bowl Britbox blockbusters Fantasy Legendary Elton John cats remakes Superheroe Comic Book james bond cancelled worst movies monster movies obituary Broadway Sundance Now olympics Prime Video AMC NBA WarnerMedia DirecTV Tomatazos children's TV romantic comedy ABC Family latino Heroines richard e. Grant Extras blockbuster Thanksgiving Toys Travel Channel quibi DC Comics unscripted sports dark Holidays art house Calendar BET Awards Podcast Disney streaming service TV renewals TIFF MTV telelvision political drama Esquire criterion scene in color comedies high school Election true crime sag awards toy story travel diversity period drama Cartoon Network concert Valentine's Day trophy jamie lee curtis Logo Fargo Turner werewolf justice league science fiction comic book movies CNN 99% Disney Plus ID Infographic black comedy