Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman confirms big comic book easter egg
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Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman confirms big comic book easter egg

Published: 24/Aug/2020 14:00 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:04

by David Purcell

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The Walking Dead’s co-creator Robert Kirkman has finally been able to confirm an easter egg in the comic book series that not everybody will have spotted. One fan, though, has finally made the discovery.

Those who watch the TV series, which is well into its tenth season, will know that a lot of big spoilers can be revealed ahead of time by those who take an interest in the comic books. Well, that was certainly the case when the show first aired on AMC.

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Since that time they have branched off and become separate entities in order to keep people on the edge of their seats.

A new easter egg found in the comics doesn’t provide any potential spoilers, which some viewers will be happy to know. Instead, just a nod to the past that fans will absolutely love.

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New Walking Dead easter egg discovered

Maggie in the walking dead season 10
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Maggie returns soon in The Walking Dead.

One of the archivists at the New York Times made the discovery on August 23, comparing two different cover pages. The first was the original ‘Days Gone By’ Volume 1, and the second was ‘Rest in Peace’ Volume 32.

Before asking if they were the first to find the easter egg, Ryan Murphy said: “Oh my god you inspired me to check if the last volume loops back into the first volume and it DOES! It is an endless zombie loop spanning 15 years of art!”

Kirkman later confirmed they might well be the first to spot it. He replied: “You may actually be the first to notice this. I was always wondering when someone would. Nice work!”

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Volume 32 was the final volume of Image Comics’ Walking Dead series, wrapping together issues 187 to 193. The first one was released back in 2003.

Those who have read it will be well aware of how things go down, but not all will have spotted this artistic arc that went from first cover to the very last. Now, Kirkman knows at least one person out there knows what he was going for.

How did they find it?

Spotting easter eggs can be tricky, after all they’re placed there for eagle-eyed fans to find.

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This time it was found following a Twitter thread between George Gustines and Murphy, who made the discovery. It was here that they spoke about connecting comics, and sparked the latter to look back on some of the old editions of The Walking Dead.

Speaking of the comic books, Kirkman recently revealed different foil covered designs for ‘Negan Lives’ – which are selling like hotcakes online at places like Amazon.

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Image Comics also showed their hand in the thread, saying they had never seen this pointed out before.

With that all cleared up, many fans will turn their attention to the big finale of Season 10. It premieres on October 4, 4pm (ET).

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.