Silent Hills Has Been Silenced

One of the games I’ve been looking forward to most is Silent Hills.  A collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro, Hideo Kojima, and Norman Reedus was a dream come true.  This was going to be one of the upcoming titles to convince me to make my move to the next gen consoles, but the departure of Kojima has left the project shrouded in mist.  Del Toro has noted that “it isn’t going to happen” though it looks like he was speaking of his collaboration with Kojima.  However, news that the teaser is being pulled from the PlayStation store by the end of the month does not bode well for the project. 

Konami has not made a statement on the matter though Norman Reedus posted on Twitter ” Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it’ll come back around. Sorry everyone 🍕 http://t.co/drZJ8tBsSN”

Fear The Walking Dead

The companion series to The Walking Dead is on its way.  It has been contracted for two season, the first of which will air late summer 2015.  This will give us a bit of walker action until the regular series returns in October. 

Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead will be 6 episodes like the original series.  It has also been announced that the series will not explain the origin of the zombie apocalypse. 

I’m mixed about the series right now.  It’s going to be nice having some TWD during the summer and having a shorter wait, but I am sceptical that it will live up to the original series.

Walking Dead Spinoff Filming in California?

Rumor has it that the pilot will be filmed in California.  A Reddit user supposedly got a notice that their town may be used for shooting the pilot. 

This goes against the supposed casting in Pennsylvania.  However, the pilot could be shot in California, then the rest of the series shot in Pennsylvania to save costs.  Time will only tell for these details.

First Casting Announcements to TWD spinoff

The pilot episode of the Walking Dead spinoff is titled Cobalt.  Two cast members, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey, will play siblings, two of the six main characters I had outlined in a previous post.  They should be interesting characters, though I’m curious to see more casting decisions.  Check out my previous post here for information on the casting call.

TWD: Thoughts on the Coming Mid-Season Finale

**This post contains spoilers or the latest episode and speculation of episodes to come**

Daryl and Noah rejoined Rick and the group, and they’ve laid out a plan to rescue Beth and Carol.  Daryl sided with Tyreese and his more conservative approach to rescuing them.  Is this a sign of changes that Daryl is going through, or is it because he has more at stake than anyone else? His two closest companions are in danger, and Daryl has seen how quickly things can go wrong. 

Even with the conservative approach. Things go wrong.  There is a shootout when they try to capture the cops, and Daryl nearly gets bit.  Nice use of a walker skull as a weapon though.  Then the episode ends with Sasha knocked out, and one of the cops escaping, presumably to warn the rest of the group.

Next episode is the mid season finale, so we know it is going to be intense.  Here are some thoughts on what may happen.  I think the Grady group is going to get warned from the escaped cop.  This takes sway the element of surprise that Rick and his group needed.  They’re going to walk into a trap, or atleast a prepared adversary.  Fighting will break out, and there will be a death from the major group.  I’m thinking either Beth or Carol, though it could be someone else.  They’ve spent a lot of time recently building up both characters, and viewers have grown to love both of them. 

Following this, Daryl will be inconsolable over the loss, with the added effect that if he had backed Rick, this may never have happened.  The group will be left questioning themselves and what to do next, and Rick will regain a stronger, more stable leadership role though maybe not to the level of the ‘ricktatorship’.

So what do you think? What are your predictions?