So who had nightmares about Sunday’s crazy casualty-heavy episode of “The Walking Dead?” If you didn’t have nightmares, you may have instead shed some major tears over what transpired due to the ep’s incredible emotional punch to the gut, heart, soul.
No matter how you felt or are still feeling about “Killer Within,” we’re hoping that the following comments from a couple of the key players and dearly departed members of the cast will help put your mind at ease with how things went down and what impact it will have on the show moving forward.
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT keep reading unless you’ve seen last night’s episode!
MTV News was lucky enough to participate in a Q&A session with Sarah Wayne Callies (RIP Lori!) and IronE (RIP T-Dog!) from which we learned the following five key facts:
Lori’s Exit Was Originally Planned For A Later Date
“We talked a lot about how we earned that moment through the first two seasons. Originally there was a different timeline and we had longer to build to that moment,” Callies said. “I don’t know [why it was moved up]. I was told in March or April that they’d shortened it to episode four. I don’t know why, that’s a writer/producer question. It seemed like a whiny question to ask. To me the only response [when I received the ’death call’] was, ’Yes sir. Send me the script, I’ll do it the best I can.'”
Covered In Blood And Glued To The Ground
“At a certain point I got sealed to the floor with all the blood,” the actress revealed. “It was so sticky on the concrete floor, I couldn’t get up. It was really cold which was odd because I’ve spent the entire show sweating, but a concrete floor when you’re naked for eight hours gets cold and I was shaking uncontrollably at the end of it. Guy [Ferland] our director bless his heart, he got down on the floor with me and wrapped me in a blanket. It was a very sweet kind of combat comfort. At the end of the day when it was all done I think there were a few chuckles when they tried to get me up. It took a palate knife and several bottles of solvent.”
Callies went on to say that the only moments of levity during filming of the scene occurred after she was able to shower and clean off all the “little bits of baby and goop.”
“One of the PA’s [came up to me after] and said, ’I had to go into your trailer and collect the pieces of your belly. It looked like a crime scene in there, there was blood on the ceiling and on the walls, there were bits of flesh and gore.’ I think that was the first time that I really laughed hard that day,” she said.
Is The Baby Shane’s Or Rick’s?
“I don’t think paternity is something anyone is really going to be able to determine,” said Callies. “We talked about it a lot, I think the only definitive way to tell in a world where there are no paternity tests would be if baby has blue eyes then the baby is Rick’s, because both Rick and Carl have blue eyes and it’s a recessive trait. Shane has brown eyes and Lori has brown eyes, so if it’s a brown-eyed baby there’s no way to know. From a genetic standpoint if it’s blue eyes, it’s Rick’s. Andy Lincoln came to me with a lot of this and I tried to come up with defenses as best as I could.”
Will Lori Be Back To Haunt Rick?
“I think that kind of a question has to do with, ’Does it serve the story?’ I’ve always felt that Lori’s death is very important to Rick, it drives him crazy and part of his madness is not being able to shake her. If the writers choose to follow the story [in the comics] going forward, then absolutely. I can’t vision a time where I’d get a call, ’Hey, we wrote something for you’ and I go ’Nah.’ I don’t see that happening. But we’ve taken so many departures from the comics and if they feel foolish for Rick to be seeing ghosts, I’m okay with that too.”
T-Dog’s Exit And The Art Of Being Ripped Apart By Zombies
“Getting my flesh ripped apart by zombies, it feels good. You should try it sometime,” joked Singleton, adding that he is completely satisfied with how TDog went out and thinks he can maybe take a smidgeon of credit for his heroics.
“I didn’t have a direct say but I’m wondering if execs were listening to my interviews,” he said. “I was asked how I would like for him to die and I said, ’Heroically, I would love for him to go out being a hero.’ I would think about war movies and things like that and it makes me feel so good because I feel that is how I would like to go out as a person, so I can really connect with that type of individual. To have gone out as a hero the way he did is very special to me so maybe they were listening to my interviews.”
T-Dog was one of the lesser-seen characters on “Walking Dead,” but that fact didn’t stand in the way of Singleton having a blast making the show.
“I am totally and completely satisfied with how the show went,” he said. “It’s not my call to say I wanted more or less, I’m just so pleased to have been a part of something so historical and special. When I was first cast I was told, I’d do two maybe three episodes. I ended up staying on so how miraculous is that? When I got the ’death call,’ I was thankful to receive it. When I read the script I was thankful he would go out heroically, as a hero. It made me feel really good and appreciated.”
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