20 things we learned from the 'Walking Dead' PaleyFest Panel
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10) Emily Kinney is surprisingly wise. Asked if the frequent deaths of characters leave the actors never feeling safe, Kinney -- she plays frequently singing Beth -- was put on the spot first and she replied, "I just take it in steps. Each episode is like its own amazing thing. It's just like the characters, you never know what's around the corner, so I guess you just use is... So you just really make the most of every moment you do get to have." The other panelists and the crowd clapped for her and declined to attempt to add to her answer.
9) Scott Wilson is not-so-surprisingly wise. Scott Wilson has been around for a long time. I mean, he was in "In the Heat of the Night" and "In Cold Blood" and "The Right Stuff" and he looks like Santa Claus crossed with a hippie college professor who also grows pot on the side. So when the previous question about never feeling safe got to him, first he complimented Emily Kinney and then he referenced John Donne's Meditation 17, specifically the famous line "therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." He didn't get the quote *exactly* right, but close enough!
8) Steven Yeun's thinks Glenn's dream situation involves Maggie and "a field full of food." Huh? Well, things have been rough for Glenn and Lauren Cohan's Maggie in recent episodes, after the horror they experienced in Woodbury. Glenn has had particular difficulties relating to Maggie and knowing how to respond to what happened to her. "He thinks that that's how he's supposed to be a man, but he's still young and that love is still young and what's great, though, is a love like that is hard to keep down, so that's cool," Yeun says. He adds, "In this perfect world what would happen is that the Governor would be dead and he would be happy with Maggie in a field full of food." That came fairly early in the panel and was followed by many "field full of food" jokes.
7) Andrew Lincoln doesn't know what Internet memes are. The very first question from the audience asked if Lincoln was amused or aware of the various Internet memes involving Rick, specifically "Stuff and Things." Let's just say that no, Lincoln is not aware.
6) Kirkman says characters from the "Walking Dead" game are unlikely to enter the TV universe. "I feel like, to a certain extent, having them cross over in each different one would sorta take away from the uniqueness of the television show or the video game or the comic, so I guess the short answer is 'No,' but who knows?"
5) Laurie Holden has heard your concerns about Andrea's decisions this season. "Yes. I get it daily. I get it at the gas station. I get it at the Coffee Bean. Walking down the street. I get it at airport security... I get it all day," Holden says. "I am protective of Andrea," she admits.
4) Reedus wants Carol to make the first move. Back to Norman Reedus for a second. He knows that some of you want Daryl and Carol to make out and not just because their names rhyme. "I like these two damaged people graviting towards each other," Reedus says. He adds, "If it happens, it might happen... I don't want to make the first move."
3) Robert Kirkman is not a world traveler. Talking about the pleasure of presenting the show to crowds like this, Andrew Lincoln recalled an experience with fans at an event in Madrid. He described this as the only time Kirkman had ever left the country. I don't know if this is true, but Andrew Lincoln is British and therefore sounds trustworthy when he isn't discussing taxing our tea and tobacco.
2) The show used to give Sarah Wayne Callies nightmares. One of the last questions from the audience wanted to know if walkers pursue the stars in their dreams. No. Or at least nobody active wanted to cop to such nocturnal insecurities. But Sarah Wayne Callies used to have nightmares, they all agreed, throwing the absent former co-star under the bus. Holden sometimes gets freaked out driving back from set at night. Danai Gurira got freaked out when she initially watched the series in a marathon before starting work. And as for Steven Yeun... Does he have nightmares? "No. I ain't no bitch," he cracked.
1) Is it possible The Governor is going to be the true hero here? Well, no. Probably not. But producer David Alpert is willing to defend the character. "What we see is that Rick and the Governor are facing the same problems -- They're both leaders, they're both trying to keep the communities alive in tough times. Right now, certainly where we are, The Governor is doing a better job," Alpert says. "Rick's sorta falling apart. He's in an unstable emotional state. I think The Governor, there is something in him that's good. I think there's a part of him that wants to take care of people and be that father figure. I feel like the situation with the zombie apocalypse has just unleashed the darkness and this darkness has allowed him to grow and prosper."
Well there you go.
A last note would regard something we *didn't* learn from the panel. Noobody said a single word about the recent "Walking Dead" showrunner change. I don't want to imply that this is a sign that the panel was moderated by somebody under the employ of AMC, but it was something that could have come up in a number of different non-comfortational ways. For example, Hardwick could have just asked what fans can expect from Scott S. Gimple as the new showrunner. Easy-peasy. I know this wasn't a press event, where that kind of thing would have been harped on endlessly, but somewhere between "endlessly" and "ignored completely" is the quantity I would have wanted it talked about.
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