“Pretty Much Dead Already” turns 10

A zombified Sophia (Madison Lintz) came out of the barn when The walking dead“Pretty Much Dead Already” aired on AMC on November 27, 2011. In the midseason finale episode of Season 2, Sophia’s search ends in tragedy when Carol’s young daughter (Melissa McBride) comes out. a barn walker on the Greene family farm. The lost little girl who disappeared from earlier episodes in “What Lies Ahead” is shot in the head by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a turning point for Rick and what episodes writer Scott Gimple calls “one of the moments” of The walking dead.

Rick shooting Sophia to end “Pretty Much Dead Already” was “about him changing,” Gimple said Weekly entertainment for the episode’s fifth anniversary in 2016. “Because it was about coming to terms with certain realities. So many seasons are devoted to Rick’s transformation, but this one was important. He was strong enough to make it happen. no one else stepped in to do it If he was strong enough to look for the little girl, he was strong enough to pull her out of her misery when it was discovered that she was a walker.

The episode of breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones Director Michelle MacLaren was also a turning point for The walking dead Season 2 and the Survivors, ultimately widening the rift between Rick and Shane (Jon Bernthal) but bringing Carol and Daryl (Norman Reedus) closer together.

“The acting in that scene was heartbreaking. It was one of those days where one after another everyone was outdoing themselves in the performances,” Gimple recalls. “Madison absolutely did it. For seven episodes to crash into that 10 seconds, that’s an incredibly important moment. It was one of the defining moments of the show.”

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Almost a decade after “Pretty Much Dead Already,” Lintz said TV Sophia “had a hell of a good death” despite her character surviving until the last issue of The walking dead comic.

“I honestly thought I was in [more of the second season]. I thought I wasn’t going to die because I was still alive in the comics “, the old Walking Dead said the actor on Skybound’s Talk to me dead podcast in 2020. “So I’m like, ‘I’m fine, everything’s fine.’ Then [executive producer] Gale Anne Hurd ended up calling my mom about a month before she shot the scene and broke the news to us, and sure enough it was so sad because this show was so great. ”

In what would be a major detour from comic book creator Robert Kirkman – where it’s Carol who dies while walking at the start of the zombie apocalypse – Sophia’s death was a critical moment in her mother’s story spanning the 11 seasons of The walking dead.

“When a good idea arises, you have to follow it” Walking Dead creator and executive producer Kirkman said Hollywood journalist after the episode aired in 2011. “Sophia is a character who is still alive in the comic book series and was a big contributor to the overall storytelling and informed many storylines for many different characters. for Carol to outlive her daughter as opposed to the other way around like in the comics is going to lead to some interesting but different stories. ”

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