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Article Greg Nicotero Talks Glenn's Kills, the Saviors' Humor, Gabriel's Heroics, and Morgan's Project

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    An interview with Greg Nicotero about 6x12 "Not Tomorrow Yet"

    I knew this was a Greg Nicotero-directed episode when I saw the scene at the Saviors’ hideout. It’s incredibly intense.
    You know, I wish we would have had a little more time with that scene to play out. There’s a direct contrast between the emotion that we show in the first two acts of the episode. We have a break up, we have a couple getting together, we have another couple having to say goodbye, we have another couple saying they want to do things together. There’s a lot of emotion. It’s showing that these people have every intention of going on with their lives and surviving. It’s like, OK, if you want to break up with somebody because you thought they were the only girl left in the world, but there’s somebody else out there, then you fully are committed to the fact that there is going to be a tomorrow, and a next week, and a next month. We really go to great lengths to show that our characters are human, and they have emotions, because they’re about to step in and do something that is reprehensible.

    There are some crushing moments. The Abraham/Rosita breakup, and then Glenn making his first kill. Steven Yeun’s reaction was perfect.

    That was one of my favorite scenes to shoot. For his kill, and Rick’s kill, we actually created extremely realistic heads, knowing that they would never be filmed. When we shot Steven’s kill, we had an actor in the cot for the lead up, then, once we got to the stab, we took the actor out, and we put a dummy in there with a beautiful, very detailed fake head. I had Adam [Miller], our prop guy, lay underneath the cot and put a ring on his finger and lay his arm across the chest of the dummy. When Steven walked in, he saw a real human hand with a ring on it. He walked up, and he kneeled down, and he took the tip of the blade over this eye and stabbed the head through the eye. It was something, from a directorial standpoint, where I wanted to give Steven as much ammunition as I could for that emotional moment. It’s deep, and it’s dark, and it’s painful, and it’s horrible. I remember him walking in and looking and me and going, “There’s a ring on that. That’s a real hand.”

    When he walked in, in his head, he was playing it, that was a real person. He leaned down. He gave me absolute perfection in that moment. The fact that he then goes and takes the knife out of Heath’s hand to spare Heath that same anguish… then they’re kind of let off the hook. They stand up, they see the Polaroids. It’s like, “OK, this was a horrific thing to do, but now we see that these guys are not screwing around.” We let them off the hook a little bit with that last moment. Then, of course, when they’re running down the hall and they run into the armory and they slam the door and they just open fire into the doorway, they end up killing like eight people. The first one was the toughest, but when they’re in actual combat, they didn’t think twice about it.​

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