Because they couldn’t ask “who gets killed” directly, EW instead asked Walking Dead star Norman Reedus what filming the new season feels like. It’s currently under production now.
It’s not easy, he replied. Reedus says the kind of situation their characters are returning to had an impact on morale. “It was definitely not a joyous reunion. I mean, it was nice to see everybody again, of course, but it wasn’t the same as in previous years.” The dark specter of losing a beloved cast member, and not knowing which one, created a vibe of unease.
“It was exhausting, and it was no fun. You know, we always come back to this show every season, and we’re like, “Yeah, let’s get back into it!” You know, all the actors are excited to be here and see each other and get back into where they were. But this was one of those where it’s like, “Oh, f—. Here we go.”
Reedus was asked how the unrevealed big death in Negan’s family affects the characters. “It affects the group completely differently…Some relinquish power. Some accept it. Some fight it. There are people questioning it. There are people pointing their fingers. There are people blaming themselves. Other things happen that completely destroy people. The group is completely broken apart at this point.”
“Negan has come in and completely shaken up everything. Loyalties are broken, belief in one another, belief in ourselves. Each individual is completely broken, and they don’t all handle it the exact same way.” Reedus didn’t say how Daryl handled it, but if an earlier rumor is to be believed, he actually becomes Negan’s new buddy.
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