Comic-Con 2013: 'The Walking Dead' panel live-blog

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<p>Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan and Norman Reedus are among &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;castmembers coming to Comic-Con.</p>

Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan and Norman Reedus are among "The Walking Dead" castmembers coming to Comic-Con.

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2:08 p.m.: Fan question time! Can Rick and Michonne hook up now, given all the changes to the story from the comics? Kirkman: "Anything is possible."

2:10 p.m.: Now every question about Michonne leads to a male actor (in this case, Reedus) saying his character and Michonne will hook up. More seriously, how will Michonne and Darryl each deal with their recent losses? Reedus says everyone's losing people, and both these characters are loners who are learning to be part of a group. "I think it'll bring us closer together, and then we'll get together. And maybe Rick can join. You never know!"

2:11 p.m.: That didn't take long. A fan is declaring "Richonne all the way!" Asks Lincoln how he played the scene where Rick found out about Lori's death. Lincoln talks about how tough it is to work with great actors whose characters then get bitten and die. This is the first time he's been on a show this long. "You don't only grieve missing a friendship; you're never going to have those scenes again. That's an incredibly sad thing to have happen." He listened to a lot of music before filming the scene, "and I try to see what happens... I just got into a place, and then sort of let myself alone. And Chandler (Riggs) was amazing. Because he looked at me, and there was one look that broke my heart."

2:13 p.m.: That didn't take long. A fan is declaring "Richonne all the way!" Asks Lincoln how he played the scene where Rick found out about Lori's death. Lincoln talks about how tough it is to work with great actors whose characters then get bitten and die. This is the first time he's been on a show this long. "You don't only grieve missing a friendship; you're never going to have those scenes again. That's an incredibly sad thing to have happen." He listened to a lot of music before filming the scene, "and I try to see what happens... I just got into a place, and then sort of let myself alone. And Chandler (Riggs) was amazing. Because he looked at me, and there was one look that broke my heart."

2:15 p.m.: How does the whole cast feel when a character has to make an exit? Gurira notes that Laurie Holden indoctrinated her into the show. "The beauty of this show is the structure is that people come and go. And that structure works." But it's hard as an actor, and it informs what they do on screen.

2:16 p.m.: Nicotero says the screening room in Georgia has retired jerseys of all the castmembers who have been killed off, and they call it "The Grateful Dead." It helps remind the producers of where they've been and where they're going.

2:20 p.m.: Hardwick is really interested in Yeun's workout routine, I think, and notes how much more ripped he is than in the first season. Yeun does a bad Jon Bernthal impression, explaining that Bernthal talked him into working out at his gym shortly before leaving the show.

2:22 p.m.: Group of fans dressed as Glenn, Rick, The Governor, Darryl and a trio of walkers approach the mic to ask the actors how they would deal with a real zombie apocalypse. Some awkwardness when Yeun asks if the three female walkers are triplets, when it turns out they're not related. "Am I being Asian — I mean, racist?" Yeun asks, before hanging his head with the thought of making a big gaffe like this at each Comic-Con panel. Kirkman acknowledges that he wouldn't want to live in the world he created. "I don't know if I'd hang myself. I'd probably jump off a high place" to enjoy the brief free-fall sensation. Does Lincoln feel prepared for the apocalypse? "I'd be useless, actually," but says Riggs has grown up. "This boy is a beast now, and his voice is an octave lower than when you last saw him." So he'd just stand behind Riggs. What would Reedus do? "I would take over a hotel, spray paint myself silver, run around in circles naked and watch 'South Park.'"

2:28 p.m.: Hall H staple Button Lady wants Morrissey to be able to sing on the show, "Maybe a melancholy song, just before Carl kills you?" Morrissey can't envision a crossover between his work in "Blackpool" and "The Walking Dead," but says, "You never know."Now the entire hall is exhorting him to sing, but he declines.

And that's all, folks. Back in a few minutes with "Game of Thrones." 

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