Hey, I’m all for enthusiasm. Really, I am.
The following on-set Walking Dead Season Three promo video contains some good bits (actors covered in various stages of grime and blood) and everyone seems refreshed and ready to get back to work. (12 to 16 hour shooting days will beat that out of them quick.)
To be honest, I’ve watched this video FIVE times. And each time, it gets a little more desperate. I expect show producers like Glen Mazzara and Gale Anne Hurd to be effusive but it’s like somebody listened to the huge amount of fan criticism that poured forth during the plodding narrative that was The Walking Dead Season 2– and produced this video in an attempt to bandage a still oozing wound.
Every actor featured here is hyper-elated about the new season. IronE Singleton (T-Dog) seems especially happy. (Maybe they actually gave Singleton something to do that day or his character got more than 4 lines of dialogue.) Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) looks pumped and ready for action. Laurie (Andrea) Holden has the same “cat that ate the canary” look on her face that she always seems to adopt whenever talking about The Walking Dead.
But NOBODY pushes the idea of a revved up new season more than Andrew (Rick Grimes) Lincoln. At one point, the actor uses the phrase “Darker, Harder, Faster, Deeper!” to describe TWD Season 3. While I admire his enthusiasm, it almost seemed like something the producers told him to say. (Remember, he’s being filmed for this promo vid only on Day Two of shooting.)
Also, the combination of these highly descriptive four words made me a tad queasy and confused. Was Lincoln describing the new Walking Dead season or a porn movie he saw the night before? (Only the promo editor knows for sure.)
It should come as no surprise that actor Norman Reedus’ (Daryl Dixon) reactions for the video come off as the most honest and sensible. His acting on the show is the most believable and authentic too.