As I mentioned in my report from the "Walking Dead" set back in June, hordes of zombies weren't the only enemy the cast faced during filming, as brutal temperatures in Atlanta added a real-life threat to the fictional zombie apocalypse. The series' weighty emotional content also took its toll on the cast, the actors told MTV News.
"I think it sticks with us more on an emotional level than on a fright level for zombies," said Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn in the series. "The zombies look ridiculous, so there are moments that are terrifying. But man, I noticed this one time we were in this specific scene, when Rick is reunited with his family, and the way that he played it, I was like, 'Oh, that's the kind of show we're on.'"
"It was like nothing you'll ever see, because no one has ever been through a zombie apocalypse," he added. "The emotional things that our characters go through kind of stay with me and it was a real journey."
Actress Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea in the series, agreed with Yeun — and offered some thoughts on how the filming conditions played into the cast's sense of desperation.
"It's very different when you're shooting and then now," she explained. "We've been on hiatus for five weeks, and we live it when we're there. It's 115 degrees with the humidity, it's life or death, [and] our adrenaline is through the roof — if we continued, we'd drop like flies. We were all so committed and dedicated to telling the story, but now it's kind of nice to have a little reprieve — because you can't live there 24-7."
"But when we go back for Season Two, absolutely," she smiled, crossing her fingers.
"The Walking Dead" premieres Halloween night, October 31, at 10 PM EST on AMC. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Steven Yeun, among other notable actors. Keep it locked to Page all week for more "The Walking Dead" news, interviews, clips, and giveaways!