AMC’s The Walking Dead gets more cast coverage from EW TV show images for season 6.2. EW followed up on its previous TWD cover story & screenshot gallery editions, going into season 6, with a portrait gallery – featuring the surviving Old Guard (i.e. pre-season 4) – going into season 6’s upcoming back-half. Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carol (Melissa McBride), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Glenn (Steven Yeun), and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) all get polished profile images – in what could be considered relatively idealized settings – for what I read into it as a ‘you’ll want to remember them this way, by season’s end’ offering to fans.
The EW portrait gallery:
Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick “That bad end seemed a lot farther off, last I looked this way” Grimes
Norman Reedus‘ Daryl “I may reap grass with my hands, but I sow lasting death with my crossbow” Dixon
Melissa McBride‘s Carol “Only wrong side of the tracks is the one that crosses me” Peletier
Danai Gurira‘s “What the Red Queen say” Michonne
Lauren Cohan‘s Maggie “Better Home’s defense & Garden variety weapons” Green
Steven Yeun‘s Glenn “I’m not dead, yet” Rhee
Now, about that previous caveat. Between how 6.1 ended, and the N-name getting dropped, a lot of excitement/apprehension over character fates developed. Not helping matters: word from cast & crew for viewers to expect a bad moon on the rise.
Director Greg Nicotero on upping the ante:
“The first half of the season we introduced the quarry and the fact that the walkers had escaped from the quarry, and then we followed our group through all the trials and tribulations of trying to get back to Alexandria, protect Alexandria, and protect each other, and episode 9, basically, takes all of these various storylines and slams everything together in an epic man against the undead battle that is unprecedented in the history of ‘The Walking Dead.’ The record that we had established in episode 1 of season 6 will already be broken in this episode in regards to the number of walkers and the number of kills. It’s the action movie version of ‘The Walking Dead.’
With reshoots and with additional photography and things, I think we were over 1,300 walkers for episode. When you spend eight episodes of the show seeing the walkers advancing on Alexandria in broad daylight, I felt that it was very important to introduce a bit of the genre element of the spooky, nighttime, boogeyman-coming-out-of-the-dark, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ sort of vibe and feeling. Even when they were pitching the episode, I had said, ‘Listen, we really need to try to make this episode at night because it will give the show a different look.’ I didn’t want it to feel like, ‘Oh, here’s another scene with a bunch of walkers in broad daylight in the sun.“
With Norman Reedus having already commented that “we don’t all survive,” Lincoln added a bit of personal context.
Andrew Lincoln on 6.2’s outcome:
“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script. It was the first day in the whole six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead’ that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.”
You may want to remember them this way indeed.
The Walking Dead, season 6.2 begins Sunday, Feb. 14, featuring Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Seth Gilliam, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Alexandra Breckenridge, Austin Abrams, Major Dodson, Merrit Weaver, Corey Hawkins, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Katelyn Nacon, and Benedict Samuel, airing at 9:00 pm EST, on AMC.
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