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Article Ross Marquand Sums Up The Walking Dead's Upcoming Premiere in 1 Word: "Devastating"

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  1. Doctor Grimes

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    A nice interview with Ross Marquand. I will go ahead and post the highlights.

    POPSUGAR: What was your reaction to reading the script for the season six finale? Were you frustrated by it at all?

    Ross Marquand: To be honest, I was delighted. Maybe that's not the right choice of words [laughs], but I watched the finale with Sonequa [Martin-Green], my parents, and Kenric, Sonequa's husband, and truthfully we put so much effort into that episode. We worked our butts off. Obviously I knew it was going to happen, but I didn't know how it was going to be cut together. I didn't know how it was going to end exactly. For me, as a fan of the show, I loved it. I wasn't frustrated by it in the slightest. I thought it was a great cliffhanger, and a really provocative, brutal way to end the season.

    PS: Understandably, a lot of fans were taken aback by how the episode ended. Have any of them reached out to you personally to share their reactions to the it?

    RM: Oh yeah, I've had so many people ask me who died. It's been crazy fielding those questions, because everyone wants to know who was at the end of that bat. Even friends and family! But we keep that information very much under lock and key.

    PS: I can only imagine. Speaking of Negan, what has it been like having Jeffrey Dean Morgan on set?

    RM: Jeffrey is actually a sweetheart of a guy, and I think a lot of people don't know that [laughs]. He plays such a villainous character, but he's actually a really sweet guy. I think it was nice for us, because he's such a disarming and charming guy, and when he came on set he was just as excited to be there as we were to have him. He's a huge fan of the show, and he really opened up. It was nice to see that a guy of his stature, and a guy with his résumé, was fanboying out a little bit.

    PS: The show constantly deals with such heavy material, but was filming the death for the premiere episode harder than usual?

    RM: It was not fun. None of us were having a great time during those scenes. For people in the audience, sitting at home on their couches watching it, they're going to be feeling all the feelings that we felt. It was an absolute loss of someone that we really care a lot about. We say this time and time again, but it's not just a TV show for us — it's a family. When you lose a family member, it's extraordinarily difficult. We felt that death was like losing someone that you really care about.

    PS: As a fan, which death has shocked you the most so far?

    RM: I think Hershel's death, honestly. It was such a shocking, shocking death. I remember being blown away by it, and jumping out of my chair because he was one of my favorite characters. I just couldn't believe that had happened. Especially in such an abrupt way! When the sword came down, I was like, "No, no, this can't be happening." It was visually devastating. That was, for me, the most brutal death of the show.

    PS: It seems like the world within the show is really going to expand next season with Hilltop, the Saviors, and the Kingdom — how is that going to affect the characters?

    RM: Well I think the world keeps expanding, and truthfully this is the most expansive season yet. The Kingdom is coming into play, of course we have the Saviors and their compound, and not to give too much away, but there are other groups that we're going to be meeting up with as well. It's going to change them immeasurably. They're realizing although they thought there was just one or two little outposts in the neighborhoods in the Atlanta and Virginia area, it turns out there's several. That's an exciting thing. All of a sudden you're getting choices on where you're gonna live, who you'll do business with. It's the beginnings of a rebuilding of society.

    PS: Is there anything about playing Aaron in particular that you really love?

    RM: Aaron is such a fascinating character, because he's diplomatic to a T. He genuinely wants to keep the peace for everybody, but he's not afraid to fight. Morgan believes that no life should be harmed in any way, shape, or form, and Aaron says, "Well, sure," but if he needs to fight for himself or others, he will. I think that's a really wonderful characteristic to have in their day and age, where everything seems so chaotic. He, Deanna, and some other citizens in Alexandria fought really hard to make that community happen, and I love that in the midst of all this chaos, he really fought to protect everyone and protect his loved ones. It's a beautiful, beautiful trait to have as a person.

    PS: The DVD set for season six comes out at the end of the month, so is there anything on there that fans should keep an eye out for?

    RM: I hope so! They always have the blooper reels on the DVDs, and I don't know if they're planning on doing that this year, but that's always my favorite thing. I love when people can see behind the scenes of what goes on. What people aren't seeing when they watch the show is literally hundreds of people behind the camera busting their butts to make these shots happen. It's really kind of amazing to see how many people work very, very, very hard to make this show what it is. The crew is amazing on this show.​

    Source: Popsugar
     
  2. Gooey Goobert

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    Other groups in addition to The Kingdom and Sanctuary?

    I figure he's referring to the people Tara and Heath encounter, but is there more than that?
     
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    More??? (All I read is: Less AL, DG, CR )T_T
     
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    I got really excited for a minute at more communities but then sobered my ass up real quick when I realized it means seeing less of my favs.

    I realized last season that I just don't like not having AL in the majority of episodes, I can handle him missing one out of eight episodes, but when I see him in only 5 out of the 8 it really pisses me off. This is Rick's story, I want to see Rick's actions and reactions, everyone else should be secondary players, then third tier players etc.

    I admit I was pissed when AL said his wife is happy because he's not filming a lot (paraphrase) because I translate that to mean that even the 5 episodes he's in he may not be in a majority of the scenes, so if they add more people/communities to the cast my concern is even less Rick on our screens!

    Other than that little diddy the rest of the article was great. RM is such a sweetie!
     
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    :tara: I'm assuming he means DVD sets in general because we've never gotten a blooper reel in TWD sets ever. :andy:
     
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    Yeah the only one I've seen is from the MSG premiere...there is a grainy one on you tube. It's so cute I hate that they won't give us more :gabe:
     
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    Yeah, I really want to know who these other groups are especially in light of
    the most recent casting call.
     
  8. slade3

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    Thanks for posting this @Doctor Grimes . I love that Ross watched the finale with his parents, SMG and her husband.
     
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    Interesting interview. I'm glad RM had the sense to speak about the CH from his own POV alone and not make assumptions about fans as some cast members have done. I only wish the cast (in general) would acknowledge that they're not the only ones who feel emotionally connected to and invested in the characters they play. (I understand it may well be a whole different level for them, but we're not all dispassionate gawkers at a street accident scene, even if some viewers are in it for the "blood.")

    I haven't been following the threads about it, but I've been wondering if others are also assuming...
    the new woman in the trailer with the sniper rifle in the bit with Heath and Tara is probably the new "Jennie" character from the casting call TSDF mentioned on 7/1, and probably played by Sydney Park. Is that the going assumption folks in the know are making as well?
    (Incidentally I've noticed some people are wrongly assuming to her be :sasha: in their "trailer analysis" youtube videos, sheesh.)

    I'm interested in more groups as long as they don't get too many episodes. I don't mind how it plays out as long as AL and Grimes 2.0 has the largest plurality of appearance time throughout the season though.
     
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    Yes, he did a good job answering the question about the CH. If I had been indifferent to him as an actor before (and I was not), I would be a fan now.