Walking Dead Stars Explain Their Thought About Long-Running Show’s ‘Surreal’, ‘Rough’ Ending | Ents & Arts News
It’s been 11 years since Rick Grimes opened the doors of his hospital, only to discover that the world had been taken over by the living dead – and that his life would never be the same again.
Since then – the long-running show, which made us all wonder how we would fare during a zombie apocalypse, will finally come to a close in the months to come after years of love, death, war, peace – and of course stabbing the living dead in the head.
Beginning its life as a comic book, The Walking Dead, which has a death toll that could rival Game Of Thrones, spawned video games, talk shows, and countless spinoff series, and will soon hit the big screen.
It showed audiences that while the walkers (the name given to the walking dead in the show) reigned over post-apocalyptic land, humans still remained the biggest threat of all.
Beware, there will be spoilers below for those unaware of what’s going on on the show until season 10.
Season 11 sees Maggie lead what are considered the main group, based in Alexandria and made up of Carol, Rosita, Daryl and Gabriel, while Ezekiel, Eugene, Princess and Yumiko are interviewed by the Commonwealth, a new community – while as new threats emerge.
One of the longest-serving cast members Norman Reedus, who plays fan-favorite Daryl, told Sky News that the show’s ending would be “surreal.”
“It’s been such a big part of my life, this show and living here in Georgia (where the show has been filming since 2010), I kind of get back to New York on my vacation.
“So I don’t know. I’m trying not to think about it. I know it’s going to happen.”
Daryl de Reedus was considered a lone wolf by many, especially at the start of the season, but the crossbow and motorcycle riding hero has since been a part of the diverse main group, aiding them in fights and digs, after getting closer to the now-deceased Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln.
He says it’s the relationships on the show that keep audiences coming back.
“They ignore each other’s faults, or deal with each other’s faults and find things about each other that they find useful, and I don’t think any of these characters would have gone that far by it. – even, ”he told Sky News.
“I think it’s only because they got together and learned to work together… there is power in numbers.
“They’re kind of part of the conversation, and I think that kind of teamwork is what makes them care about each other, what makes the audience care about them… I think this these relationships really are – we’re kind of the glue that kept the show together. “
The charismatic Negan was introduced to viewers at the very end of season six, where he threatened to kill a member of the main group – with viewers having to wait an entire year to find out who met their fate at Lucille’s hands – his baseball bat icon covered with barbed wire.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the man behind the villain everyone loved, said he now focused on trying to “f ****** get the job done and not cry every day about this end “.
Morgan told Sky News: “The point is, it’s become such an important part and a big part of my life – of everyone involved in the life of this show.
“I put it out of my mind because I don’t want to be sad about it. It’s going to be hard.
“But I try to take advantage of it. I think more than anything, I go to work every day and I thank my lucky stars for being chosen on this show.”
But the then-Negan, who ruled a militant dictatorship called the Saviors with an Iron (which he used to melt the faces of critics), is a big change from what viewers can expect now. – with his tail between his legs, (reluctantly) help the main group feed their family.
He is now under the command of Maggie, played by Anglo-American actress Lauren Cohan, the woman from whom he was widowed when he mercilessly pummeled her husband Glenn to death.
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Morgan said: “He’s up against Maggie now. It’s so different than what I could have done even last year or two years ago, because of the growth and what we’ve been able to show.
“It’s so important to be able to do that, especially with what we’re dealing with here – a man who killed this woman’s husband, and we know she wants him dead, and yet he’s the only one to put off. in question its reason.
“The reason she’s mad is because of him, so it’s a very strange situation, yet so much fun to play.”
Maggie’s story has seen her be part of a tight-knit family on a farm in Georgia, endure the loss of those around her, and lead an army to war – and now lead the fight for the survival.
Speaking about why fans love the show so much, Cohan told Sky News, “As a viewer, I always think there’s enough mystery – and maybe that’s because, to some regards, it’s not a story you never really find the answer to … I think viewers want to be with us on the journey for a break.
“The way the writers created it all – it’s the emotion for these people, to be so dependent on each other and losing and winning both love and people, and losing those things, it’s fascinating. “
Cohan says her character has a “stubborn refusal to be depressed,” and that she was inspired by a colleague’s shirt, which says “maybe today, Satan.”
“I think Maggie’s just gotten to a point where she realizes it’s true – but can’t face it just yet.
“And those immediate necessities have almost become a gift, because it doesn’t give you the opportunity to dwell too long on anything other than survival. And in some ways, it keeps you present.”
Seth Gillam, the actor behind Father Gabriel, the monocular and prophetic priest who can also wield an automatic machine gun when needed, claims that the show’s success is due to viewers being able to relate to the different characters. and the creativity of the fans.
“I think there is enough of it to appeal to almost every member of the family,” he told Sky News.
“I also think the style of the show lends itself to a lot of home play in terms of cosplay or makeup – transforming into a walker or putting a walker bite on your arm. There are a lot of different creative ways that the show inspires you.
“I think that combination of finding a character that you identify with and having a kind of creativity that inspires you, makes it kind of a series that appeals to a wide variety of people and continues to appeal with every passing episode. “
And while Father Gabriel spends his time helping the main group find food and fuel to survive, another group has found themselves in a mysterious new colony – the Commonwealth.
Yumiko, played by British actress Eleanor Matsuura, alongside Eugene, Ezekiel and Princess, begins the new season challenged by the Commonwealth.
Matsuura boasted to Sky News that she knew how the series ended – something she says is “very, very blissful” – but added, like her colleagues, that she did not. time to “calculate” the impending conclusion.
Speaking of the show’s success, she calls the world of The Walking Dead “all-encompassing and all-consuming.”
“You can really get lost in this world,” she added.
“But actually, really, what I love about the show is the connection, the characters, it’s the stories of human connection, of finding love, of finding a lost being.
“The best part of the show is when you’re like, ‘Well, what would I do if I was in this situation?’.
“It contains those two things so well – and that’s probably what makes it so loved by so many people.”
Filming for the final season is underway in Georgia, with fans having to wait until after the New Year to find out what happens to Maggie, Daryl, Negan, Gabriel, Yumiko and the others.
Season 11 of The Walking Dead begins airing in the UK on Star on Disney + on August 23 – you can catch up with the rest of the seasons now.