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'The Walking Dead' briefs: Steven Yeun wedding, ratings, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alanna Masterson

This is posted on Monday, December 5, 2016 by Rodney Ho on the AJC Radio & TV Talk

Steven Yeun got married over the weekend in Los Angeles to long-time girlfriend and photographer Joana Pak.

Us magazine reported he got hitched Saturday at Paramour Estate.

With season 7 production finished, much of "The Walking Dead" core cast was there. Based on social media accounts, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs, Emma Bell and Alanna Masterson were among the attendees.

His character Glenn Rhee was killed off at the start of season 7 in gruesome fashion. He was one of a handful of original characters from season one still around.

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Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

"The Walking Dead" overnight ratings bottomed out with the Tara-centric episode November 27, dropping to a four-year low of 10.4 million.

The past episode, "Sing Me a Song" featuring more central characters Negan and Carl, rebounded ever so slightly to 10.48 million.

Still, this is a far cry from the 17 million who watched the first episode of the season.  I expect the fall finale this Sunday will improve upon the 10.48 million figure but not anywhere close to 17 million.

AMC has not provided data beyond the overnights to help us gauge how many folks are watching days later.

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Alanna Masterson went after those fun trollers on the Internet who mocked her weight on the sixth episode of "The Walking Dead."  She just had a baby, y'all! Be kind!

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan confirmed to Howard Stern last week he will return season 8, which means he is guaranteed to survive the next nine episodes.

Morgan has a farm in upstate New York, where both Norman Reedus and his former "Good Wife" co-star Julianna Margulies have places as well.  He also owns a candy shop with Paul Rudd.

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Austin Amelio as Dwight, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Why do none of the characters on "The Walking Dead" reference the walkers as zombies?

In creator Robert Kirkman's world, zombies never existed, he told Conan O'Brien.

"Well, zombie lore is very popular. We wanted to avoid that notion of, ‘Hey, why doesn't that character just shooting that zombie in the head because it saw all those movies I saw.' We wanted to kind of give you a sense that The Walking Dead takes place in a universe where zombie fiction doesn't exist," Kirkman said.

That means no "Night of the Living Dead." No "Zombieland." No "Shaun of the Dead."

 

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