If you haven’t watched last night’s Season 3 premiere of “The Walking Dead” yet, then you’ll want to skip this story. If you have, then you’re probably wondering who the hell that was in the final scene. Read on for all the details along with the show’s incredible ratings results!
EW spoke with showrunner Glen Mazzara, who provided the following details and photo (image credit: Gene Page/AMC):
From left to right: Big Tiny (Theodus Crane), Oscar (Vincent Ward), Axel (Lew Temple),
Andrew (Markice Moore), and Tomas (Nick Gomez)
“This group of prisoners saw the outbreak happen in their prison almost a year ago, and guards were turning on prisoners and prisoners were tuning on guards,” says Mazzara. “Imagine a zombie movie set in a prison. These are the sole survivors of that movie. And they’ve been locked up with each other for almost a year, and now suddenly they’re freed by Rick and Daryl and the group and have had no idea what’s happened to the rest of the world. Part of our thinking was, there were so many people during the Katrina disaster that were trapped. There was this one hospital where people were trapped and just waiting for help. That’s who these guys are. They’ve been waiting almost a year for help. And help never arrives. And they end up meeting Rick and the group and being set free, and they have no idea what’s happened out there in the larger world, so in a way they are sort of like Rip Van Winkle waking up in the middle of a horrible apocalyptic nightmare.”
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Here’s the character breakdown from Mazzara:
Tomas (played by Nick Gomez)
“Tomas is the leader. Tomas is the alpha male. He’s the one who is in charge and he is the one who has set the rules, and he did before the apocalypse; he’s been doing that since, and suddenly, here’s Rick telling him, ‘This isn’t even your prison any more.’ Tomas is not going to stand for that.”
Andrew (played by Markice Moore)
“Andrew is really Tomas’ right-hand man. These guys are really the ones who have been intimidating Axel and Oscar.”
Axel (played by Lew Temple)
“Axel is a great character. He’s someone who was probably a two-bit criminal who finds himself in a bigger mess. He’s probably happy to be freed by Rick because he realizes he’s not as cutthroat as Tomas and Andrew.”
Oscar (played by Vincent Ward)
“Oscar is another guy who has had to go along with Tomas’ rule.”
Big Tiny (played by Theodus Crane)
“Big Tiny is the muscle of the group. The idea was that all of these guys together are a formidable force. These are hardened convicts who have survived living together for almost a year, almost in the same way that Rick and his group have. So this is a surprising force for Rick to come up against. And they are formidable. And they are scary. And they are dangerous. Just as dangerous as Rick’s group.”
Now… how did the show do ratings-wise? Well, according to THR, Sunday’s Season Three premiere collected a whopping 10.9 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated episode in series history, up more than 50 percent from its record-breaking Season Two finale. The episode now stands as the biggest telecast for any drama series in basic cable history among total viewers. In the key advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo, the 9 p.m. broadcast collected 7.3 million viewers, with 6.1 million among adults 25-54. Factoring in broadcasts at 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight, the series based on the comics by Robert Kirkman collected 15.2 million total viewers over the course of the night.
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