The Walking Dead At SDCC: Tigers, World Building And Over Confidence

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I covered a transcript of a press conference at SDCC 2016 with the cast and producers of The Walking Dead. This is the transcript of part of the session.

Robert Kirkman: (On Ezikiel) : We were reaching that point when Ezikiel is in the storyline. So it was a natural progression. As we move through the story, we will be bringing some characters and there will be other characters that you will see.Right now is all about Ezikiel and Shiva.

Steven Yeun: (On hardest scene last season) During the dumpster time. (reporters laugh) That was tough because I was hold up in the apartment. That’s something to think about these days. When you do sign on for a show that is long running and I guess in this day and age, you’re kind of not just signing up to be an actor in a show, you’re signing up to a specific lifestyle to a degree which was an interesting thing that was new to me.So yeah I literally holded up and rarely came out just for the month. In terms of like the extra questions that I obviously get due to the comic based on last season, that’s just been easy for me because it’s easy to say nothing.
Scott Gimple: (Reaction to the season six finale) Being a reader of the comic, there’s always been big reactions to the comics when big things happen. You can’t worry to much if you’re working for the fans and you’re trying to tell a story that either offers them something different and takes some risks. You have to respect the reaction no matter what. But I think it’s important not to be afraid and I think that’s what the comic, that’s what the template that was started.

Scott Gimple: (On the expansion of the world of The Walking Dead) : We have these groups in different areas. And some of these groups we have only seen hints of like The Saviors. They exist in their own society and we see that. We talked about the Kingdom, that’s their own place.There’s Alexandria. With these places have different characters, have different situations, different ways of life even.We are literally expanding these different locations and the type of characters that we see and the kind of lives that they lead.

Robert Kirkman: (On Shiva) : It was not humane to have a live tiger on the set and also very dangerous for the actors.

Michael Cudlitz: Which would have made it terrifying.

Robert Kirkman: So great no real tiger. I can still come to set. That sounds awesome. Because I would have not come to set if there was a real tiger. So there is no real tiger at all. It’s all magic.

Scott Gimple: It’s the dragon from Game Of Thrones, shrunk, slighty changed in proportions. It’s just a filter. You guys don’t have that on your phones ? I’m thrilled you’re asking whether it was or wasn’t.

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Tony Tellado: For everyone, it just seems at the the beginning of the season (six) because of their past successes, everyone was a little overconfident about Negan and what they were facing and that lead them to the predicament that they are in. Do you all feel as actors and writers that they were a little too overconfident and this guy put them in their place a little bit.

Steven Yeun: Even in the way that we were in that position, being tied up and seeing Daryl get caught In the ambush, there was still a level between Michone and Glenn that was calm. It wasn’t a freak out, it was let’s bide our time until we can figure out to get out of this situation.And I think that was a nice precursor to unfortunaltely our arrogance to a degree and you get to that final place and you see these characters more scared than they have ever been before.You look at the look on everyone’s face, the look on Rick’s face and he is one of the most confident people in this group but yet in that moment, he is not.

Michael Cudlitz: I think also fully supported over confidence based on what we learned about who the Saviors were, total nuts. I think in real time with the audience realized when Abraham said, “It’s the same outfit, but they got numbers.” We’re realizing that this is really going sideways in real time. Up until that they point they realized that somebody that they could deal with based on what they knew that they could deal with based on the information they have. Someone in our group is in peril and we have to get them somewhere. But this is a huge, huge, opposing force.

Danai Gurira: It’s also based on the fact that we had gone through so much in the past. We have been very agile in strength and strategy. If there was something to do we all do it. We developed a pretty legitimized confidence really.It was really interesting in that episode in the beginning of the episode for Michone, she’s in bed with Rick I found shooting that really fascinating as I was talking to Steven actually, that it was really baiting because everything was so calm.It was a perfect way to step into that situation.

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