At last night's 37th Annual Saturn Awards ceremony in Burbank, Frank Darabont received the prestigious George Pal Memorial Award for his twenty-five year body of genre work, as well as the Saturn for Best TV Presentation for his hit AMC show The Walking Dead. I caught up with Darabont in the press room afterwards, and, though he was pretty tight-lipped about the show's upcoming second season, I asked him a couple of questions that are on the minds of all hardcore Walking Dead fans right now -- Will warrior woman Michonne, arguably the most popular character in the Walking Dead comic book series, be joining the show? And with season 2 shooting now underway in Atlanta, are Stephen King and his son Joe Hill still planning to write an episode this season? Find out what Darabont had to tell me after the jump.
Michonne is one of the most popular characters in the comic. Will she be joining the show?
When she [appears], she's gonna rock your world. I can officially tell you Michonne is coming in the third season.
Are you eyeing anyone to play her right now?
No. That's later.
Will Stephen King and Joe Hill still co-write a season 2 episode?
I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It's just a matter of… They want to do it together. I'm proud to say that they're both addicted fans of the show. In fact, Steve started harassing me by email, because I sent him the first one as soon as we had a lab pressing a disc. Like a decent Blu-ray. Then he started harassing me for the next one. Because Joe would drive up from wherever he lives, because he lives an hour away, and they'd sit and watch it together. [Laughs.] He'd say, "C'mon, where's the next one?" "It's in the lab, Steve. We're still mixing the sound. I'll get it to you. I promise."
Have they discussed possible scenarios for their episode with you?
No, we haven't yet. We've literally just been waiting for their schedules, given that they're pretty in-demand guys. Both of them. We've just been waiting for their schedules to mesh. For them to both be free at the same time. That's the only thing that's stopping it from happening. It'll happen eventually, I'm sure.
I'm sure it'll be worth waiting for.