1. Key writers of the show’s first season have left the program to pursue other interests and will be replaced with freelancers. Will this mean less episode-to-episode continuity? Does this open the door for Robert Kirkman (or any other comic industry writers) to write more scripts?
2. By the end of the final episode, all of the survivors are now aware of the fact that the rest of the world has succumbed to the zombie infestation and almost nothing is known of any survivors. One of the key elements of the comics success is the fact that there is always the hope of survival and a cure dangling just beyond the characters’ grasp. With this hope now dashed, how will this affect the humanity of show?
3. Merle Dixon, brilliant played by Michael Rooker, is still missing at the end of the first season, having sawed off his own hand after being handcuffed on a roof by Rick and abandoned by the survivors. Will he return? If he does, could he be the Governor, as guessed by many anxious fans?
4. Walking Dead was a runaway success for AMC, but was expertly timed to be launched on Halloween at time when zombies are making a major cultural surge. Can AMC capture lightning in a bottle for the second time? Is the television viewing public really prepared for more horrific and grotesque television? We are all hoping for the best, but what if the success of the first season was just a fluke?
Looking ahead at 2011, I think that comic fans are once again in store for an exciting year of hot new creators, exciting new titles, and fantastic uses of the four-color characters we've come to love. As you look towards next year, what creators, comics, and concepts do you think we should look out for?