At the ‘Walking Dead’ panel at New York Comic Con, king of all things ‘TWD’, Scott M. Gimple announced that the team behind the hit zombie show were… (wait, is this right?…) um, they’re working on a musical episode.
“People always come up with that. We are actually trying to work on [a musical episode]. You heard it here.”
Um… huh. Okay.
Well, shows have done musical episodes before. There’s the classic “Once More With Feeling” episode of ‘Buffy’. There was the delightful “Mayhem of the Music Meister” episode of the animated ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’, which later inspired the “Duet” episode of ‘The Flash’ (guest-starring characters from ‘Supergirl’). But those could be explained within the context of the shows. In the ‘Buffy’ episode, the people of Sunnydale were manipulated by a demon. In both the ‘Brave and the Bold’ and ‘Flash’ episodes, the villain was the musically-themed Music Meister, who had mind-control abilities. (It helps that both Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist are alumni of ‘Glee’, and the Music Meister was played by fellow ‘Glee’ vet, Darren Criss. Plus, a BUNCH of their co-stars are Broadway pros.)
There have also been musical episodes of several non-genre shows, including ‘Community’, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, ‘Scrubs’, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘Psych’, ‘Riverdale’, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. The quality varied. In some cases, the plots involved the characters putting on a show of some kind. In the case of some of the comedies, there’s a feeling of “Oh what the heck?! Just go with it!”
Um, so… ‘The Walking Dead’… can I suggest ‘She’s Not There’ by The Zombies? Or ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries? Or ‘Zombie Nation’ by Kernkraft 400? Or… nope, I’m out.
Are you ready to jam out to… ‘The Dancing Dead’?
“The group in Oceanside continues to train in case the Whisperers return; tensions are high as the heroes struggle to hold onto their concept of civilization.”
Season 10 of ‘The Walking Dead’ returns Sunday, October 6, at 9pm EST with the episode “Lines We Cross” written by showrunner Angela Kang and directed by Greg Nicotero.