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    Unproduced Soldier Episode/Season 2 opener - My Version

    I recently read over Frank Darabonts original idea for the season two opener, which followed the tank zombie's journey to becoming a walker. I got bored and decided to write out a script for that unproduced episode based on everything Frank said about it. Here's my take on what could have been, Let me here your feedback!
    Ext. Atlanta - Dawn
    A chopper wirrs over the city. It comes to a hover above a patch of grass on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. Seven Army RANGERS deploy from the helicopter. The chopper takes off into the rising sun as the men huddle into a half moon. SSG BLAIR addresses his squad.
    SSG BLAIR (Shouting over the sounds of the chopper)
    Twelve blocks to the rally point. Intel says the city is thick with the infected.
    Stay sharp, and whatever happens, don't get bit! MOVE OUT!
    The RANGERS move towards the city...
    CUE OPENING CREDITS SEQUENCE
    Ext. City Block - Day
    The RANGERS approach the first city block. The streets are filled with abandoned vehicles, some are burning and bloodsoaked. The sun gleams off a shattered windshield as the RANGERS pass by.
    SSG BLAIR
    File formation!
    Slater, take point!
    SLATER takes point, leading the men through the city blocks. Building windows are smashed, smoke is billowing throughout the area. There are no signs of the dead, or the living. At the end of the first block, a WALKER lurks around the corner and is quickly spotted by SLATER.
    CPL SLATER
    Contact front!
    I've got him!
    SLATER fires one round from his rifle, striking the WALKER in the head. The WALKER drops to the ground.
    CPL SLATER (Cont'd)
    Target down!
    SSG BLAIR
    Keep it tight! Keep pushing!
    As the men approach an intersection, PFC RAMIREZ and PVT FROST charge forward into the street, covering the squad on both sides. The RANGERS cross the road, as the last man crosses he taps RAMIREZ and FROST on the shoulders, they get up and rejoin the squad. A WALKER lurks out from behind a burning vehicle and creeps up behind Pvt. SPLAY, the last man in the squad file. SPLAY fails to notice the WALKER and is grabbed from behind.
    Pvt SPLAY (Panicked)
    No! Get it off ME!
    The WALKER grapples SPLAY to the ground and takes a bite out of his neck. Blood begins to gush from the wound as the WALKER chews his food. The men are alerted, SSG BLAIR FIRES a round from his rifle, striking the WALKER in the head and dropping it to the ground. SPLAY is writhing in pain as the blood continues to flow out of his neck. SSG BLAIR approaches the downed soldier, who's uniform is now cloaked in blood.
    Pvt SPLAY (Panicking)
    Sarge! Help Me!
    Pvt SPLAY reaches his hand out to the approaching SSG BLAIR. As BLAIR approaches, he begins to raise the barrel of his rifle.
    SPLAY (Cont'd)
    Nooo!


    *BANG*
    SSG BLAIR mercy kills SPLAY with one shot to the head. SPLAY's corpse goes limp and lifeless. The other RANGERS look on in horror, SLATER has a facial expression of disapproval. SSG BLAIR addresses his squad.
    SSG BLAIR (Shouting Angrily)
    No one survives a bite!
    We've got our orders, now push forward
    Damn it!
    SSG BLAIR raises his rifle and fires one round, dropping a WALKER that was lurking up behind SLATER. The RANGERS focus their attention back to their surroundings and proceed to push forward.
    Ext. Block #3/National Guard Outpost - Day
    The RANGERS approach an intersection where National Guard TROOPS are holding back a crowd. LT CRAWFORD is assessing the situation and spots the RANGER SQUAD approaching. SSG BLAIR approaches and renders a quick salute.
    SSG BLAIR
    L-T, What's your status here, sir?
    LT CRAWFORD
    Massive casualties, it's a damn horror show Staff Sergeant!
    If you men are here for relief I suggest we just evac, now!
    SSG BLAIR
    Have you radio'd command?
    LT CRAWFORD
    Negative! We lost comms about 30 mike ago!
    SSG BLAIR
    We're on mission to point Echo-Charlie
    Have you heard anything from the point?
    LT CRAWFORD
    Echo-Charlie!?
    Hah!
    Echo-Charlie went down hours ago
    Everybody there is DEAD!
    SSG BLAIR
    That's our mission, and we WILL get there!
    LT CRAWFORD
    Don't waste your---
    The people being held back by SGT SHARPE begin screaming as a group of WALKERS begin to attack.
    MAN IN CROWD
    You can't keep us here, the city's
    crawling with these things!
    SLATER
    Targets!
    10 o'clock!
    A WALKER grabs ahold of a WOMAN and bites her. She screams as several more WALKERS approach. PVT GREEN, a National Guardsmen, begins operating a static .50 cal. As WALKERS bite several people, the crowd pours over the jersey barriers and try to escape.
    LT CRAWFORD
    Don't let the infection spread
    Open Fire!
    PVT GREEN begins FIRING on the entire crowd. ANDREA and AMY duck down and are grabbed by DALE.
    DALE
    Come on with me, let's go!
    DALE pulls ANDREA and AMY into his winnebago. A THIRD WOMAN attempts to get in and is shot by PVT GREEN. DALE runs the blockade. PVT GREEN turns to fire on them but is stopped by SLATER.
    SLATER
    No! Let them go, they weren't bit!
    GREEN
    Yeah, how do you know?!
    GREEN pushes SLATER back and attempts to fire upon DALE's winnebago as it takes off out of the city. SSG BLAIR buttstrokes GREEN to the head and he is knocked backwards.
    SSG BLAIR
    This is NOT our mission!
    RANGERS, Move Out!
    The proceed past the outpost, which is last seen being overrun by WALKERS.
    Ext. Block 5 - Day
    The RANGERS continue on their path, the deeper the SQUAD gets, the more bloody and run down the city is. An overturned fire truck and some other burning cars are blocking their route. SSG BLAIR comes forward and scouts the corners, looking for a way through. He doesn't see one.
    SSG BLAIR
    BRAVO Team,
    Up and over!
    SPC ROBINSON and PVT FROST sling their weapons and climb to the top of the fire truck. As they reach the top they see the entire road on the other side is thick with WALKERS. A look of panic comes over FROST.
    SPC ROBINSON
    Multiple Targets!
    FROST opens fire on the herd of WALKERS. They all shift their attention towards the two RANGERS on the roof of the truck. FROST and ROBINSON begin unloading rounds, when suddenly, FROST trips over a fire-axe mounted on the side of the truck. ROBINSON attempts to grab FROST as he falls into the WALKER herd. ROBINSON grabs ahold of FROST'S arm and is pulled down towards the crowd. As FROST is pulled from ROBINSON'S hands, ROBINSON sustains a bite to the forearm. FROST is torn apart by the HERD as ROBINSON pulls back onto the top of the firetruck.
    SSG BLAIR
    Soldier! Report!
    The RANGERS on the other side of the truck are being approached by the herd of WALKERS that overran the National Guard Post. LT CRAWFORD is among the WALKER herd. As the RANGERS begin opening fire, ROBINSON crawls to the RANGER'S side of the truck.
    SPC ROBINSON
    I'm bit!
    FROST is gone!
    There's a thousand of them
    on the other side of the truck,
    Get the hell out of here!
    ROBINSON tosses down his rifle, which is covered in blood. SLATER cautiously picks it up and slings it on his back.
    SLATER
    ROBINSON, c'mon down!
    SSG BLAIR
    He's bit, Damn it!
    Let's move!
    SLATER
    Move where!?
    We're Surrounded!?
    SSG BLAIR
    Keep your head, soldier!
    RAMIREZ!
    Make us a door!
    PFC RAMIREZ loads a 40mm round into his grenade launcher and fires a round at the front of a store across the street. The storefront EXPLODES open and the men begin to head for the newly made opening.
    SSG BLAIR
    Move out!
    Int. Store - Day
    The remaining RANGER Squad is moving through the store, they reach the back just as the WALKER herd pours into the store. SLATER leads the men up a staircase.
    Int. Store; Second Floor - Day
    SSG BLAIR is the last man up the stairs and slams the door behind him. The men are tired and full of fear. PVT HOPE begins to panic.
    Pvt HOPE
    Man, what the hell we gonna do, Sarge?
    Half the squad's gone,
    We're stuck up here,
    We need to evac now!
    SSG BLAIR
    We have a mission, damn it!
    We will convene at Echo-Charlie
    Do you read me, Private Hope?
    And that goes for all of you!
    SSG BLAIR surveys the area, looking for an escape route. SLATER looks at his two fire team members. RAMIREZ and HOPE are scared, and think the mission should be cancelled.
    SLATER
    Sarge, with all due respect,
    We're in way over our heads here,
    The National Guard post is down,
    And you heard what that LT said--
    SSG BLAIR lunges at SLATER whilst simultaneously pulling his pistol out and pressing it to his head.
    SSG BLAIR (Furious, Crazed)
    The mission stands.
    Any of you men mutiny,
    I'll execute you myself.
    Suddenly, the door gives way to an enormous amount of WALKERS, who begin pouring into the room. SSG BLAIR opens fire with his side arm, dropping WALKER after WALKER. SLATER PUNCHES out a window, which leads to a fire escape.
    SLATER
    This way, move out!
    RAMIREZ and HOPE are up and out the window immediately, SSG BLAIR is still firing on the WALKERS. SLATER goes for the window, but turns back for his leader.
    SLATER
    Sarge, c'mon, let's go!
    The two men turn and head for the window, SLATER drops his rifle down to HOPE. Suddenly, SSG BLAIR is grabbed by several WALKERS, who pull him to the floor and begin to tear into him. As SSG BLAIR begins to scream, SLATER turns his attention. He realizes there is nothing he can do, he pulls a frag grenade from a pouch on his vest.
    SLATER (sympathetically)
    I'm sorry!
    SSG BLAIR (dying)
    Gooooooooo!!!
    SLATER tosses the grenade into the room and slides down the fire escape ladder.
    Ext. City Block - Day
    The men are frantic, as SLATER hits the ground the frag grenade EXPLODES, blowing out chunks of the building. Smoke billows out of the hole in the wall where the second floor window and fire escape used to be.
    SLATER
    Alright, let's go!
    HOPE
    Go? Go where?
    There's nowhere to go!
    SLATER
    You heard what the Sarge said
    We have a mission
    RAMIREZ
    Alright, let's do it
    HOPE
    Man.. Both of ya'll are crazy.
    SLATER and RAMIREZ begin running down the street. WALKERS begin to funnel out of the woodwork. HOPE takes a look around and decides to join them.
    HOPE
    Screw it!
    Ext. - Point Echo-Charlie - Day
    The men reach their mission objective. It's an overrun outpost. There is nothing left but blood, bullet casings and a tank with several sandbagged fighting positions around. WALKERS begin approaching from every direction. The RANGERS are too tired to care.
    HOPE
    Man! I told ya'll!
    Waste of time!
    HOPE begins firing at WALKERS frantically. RAMIREZ joins him. SLATER is scouting the area for an escape route and is caught off guard by a WALKER, that bites him on the arm. He doesn't scream, he only shoots the walker in the head. The men begin running out of ammo. HOPE is now fully panicked.
    HOPE
    We're dead!
    All of us!
    Dead!
    For what--*BANG*
    RAMIREZ FIRES a round from his pistol into HOPE's head. He turns to look at SLATER who doesn't seem surprised. The herd of WALKERS descend upon RAMIREZ.
    RAMIREZ
    I couldn't take his whining anymore, bro.
    Several WALKERS grab ahold of RAMIREZ, who then commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. As he drops, WALKERS cover his body and tear him apart. SLATER is already feeling the effects of the infection. He drops his rifle and manages to hoist himself up onto the tank. As he crawls for the opening at the top, another WALKER takes a bite out of his calf. He still doesn't scream. SLATER pulls his leg away as the WALKER is still biting down on him, ripping the flesh from his leg. SLATER falls into the opening of the tank. The WALKER does not pursue him, instead chewing the flesh he has ripped from SLATER's leg.
    Int. Tank - Day
    SLATER has himself propped up against a corner in the tank. He is BREATHING heavy. SLATER pulls a freg grenade from his pouch and stares at it for a moment, contemplating suicide. He instead places the grenade onto a ledge. He pulls a picture from the same pocket, of himself and a beautiful young woman, and begins to reminice about better times. He stares at the picture for a few moments. He begins to writh in pain, his vision blurring, he goes in and out of consciousness. He stares up at the light from the top of the tank, and then drops the photograph. His PULSE slows, and then stops. SLATER has died.
    The camera remains focused on SLATER. A few seconds pass, suddenly, SHOTS ring out from outside the tank.
    RICK
    Lori, Carl.. I'm sorry..
    RICK pulls himself inside the tank. He closes the bottom hatch, securing it, then falls back next to SLATER. SLATER reanimates, and is now a WALKER. RICK points his revolver at SLATER.
    FADE TO BLACK
    *BANG*
    END CREDITS

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    What was the name of that actor who played the soldier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishSetter View Post
    What was the name of that actor who played the soldier?
    Samuel Witwer

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    Thanxs for the intel 'Mercenary'

    He was on Dark Angel too? Wow... talkin' about having a complete resume...

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    This would have even made a great webisode and wonder why they didnt do it.

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    My understanding is it came down to budget and time on AMC's part along with Darrbont leaving at the end of Season 1...

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