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Winter is coming – and not just to Game of Thrones . Following on his heels, losing Henry (Matt Lintz), Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) in one of the deadliest acts of violence ever committed on The Walking Dead is the world The Wanderer To be dressed in a coat of white color, which is equipped with his unmistakable red, all thanks to a stormy finale of the nine season.
"The Storm," which airs on March 31, stands ready to fulfill one of the old promises of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's source material for comics: Winter in the South, as he was highlighted in an early edition of Comics. Snow finally falls into the finale of season nine, and as co-executive producer and director Greg Nicotero says The Hollywood Reporter : "It feels different than any other episode we've ever produced."
The ninth season of next week The finale brings many challenges, apart from the winter conditions. It is forced to respond to the call of the season's penultimate episode, which ended on Sunday with one of the most anticipated moments of the comics that were brutally realized. In the original story tale Spoiler before the Comics Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) ended with their severed heads on spikes. In the AMC filming her life is spared, but at the expense of two other serial regulars in the form of Alanna Masterson and Katelyn Nacon, not to mention a legacy cast member in the form of Matt Lintz, whose siblings Madison and Macsen both previously appeared as Sophia or Young Henry. (Click here to see how it all went down.)
How did the brutal deaths of Nicotero's side of the border come together as the man responsible for creating the series' iconic horror effects? Continue reading for his thoughts on the subject, and what awaits him in the snowy season finale.
When we talked about the Whisperers they described that for the first time in comics they saw an indelible image. Sure, the heads on the spikes shunt there until the indelible impact.
Absolutely. It's funny … we talked about it when Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) was killed and this is definitely one of them. When we interrupt the story and when the authors are in the author's room, we do not always know when an event is coming. Often we will find out right at the beginning of the season where some of the landmarks are located. However, we had no idea who it would be or when it would probably be up to two or three episodes before our shoot.
That speaks for the tragedy of the act. The characters who die are not selected by Alpha (Samantha Morton) for certain personal reasons. Her death is accidental.
I think that's what's so tragic. First, the deaths are in the hands of a human instead of a walker, so it immediately becomes different. In a world where you struggle to survive in this upturned world of the undead, you realize, "OK, I'll go that way." But with the introduction of the Governor (David Morrissey), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and the Whisperer, you are constantly reminded that man's inhumanity over man is the most horrible thing that can happen. There is a real brutality. I loved it in the script, as Siddiq (Avi Nash) talks about how the [victims] fought to the end. There was no fear. They were ready to band together and fight each other in insuperable, unbeatable conditions. That's a coincidence. That's what makes it so tragic. It has the Glenn (Steven Yeun) feeling where it is random and uncontrollable. You do not expect it. You do not see it coming. And then you get that double victory.
What was the choice of the ultimate victims, especially the main victims: Henry, Tara and Enid?
There are so many choices as to who and who is not. Even at the beginning of the season, when we knew the sequence was coming, everyone was always saying to Christian and Khary: "Heads on spikes, here it comes!" But it's always about what those moments and those deaths do to other characters that will catapult them forward. With regard to Henry and his relationship with Carol (Melissa McBride), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Ezekiel … there is a definite reason to lose him. In terms of other characters? Tara acted as leader when Jesus (Tom Payne) died. She showed real authority and leadership at Hilltop. Ultimately, it is an organic decision as it develops, such as the relationship between Enid and Alden (Callan McAuliffe). They see a burgeoning relationship and a burgeoning romance in which people become those who make them the best person they can be, like Tara. In many cases, some people find these insights. In other cases it is brutally torn from them.
How were the heads generated on spikes?
The big challenge was to create nine heads in two weeks. We did not have much time to actually do that. For most of the actors, there were headprints, and for some of them ̵
How does such an event compare with the destruction of the prison and the arrival of Negan?
I think there are attractions on the show that show this Change the direction of the characters. I think that's one of them. It's something that Kirkman wrote so brilliantly and so beautifully, the idea that there's this gap, and Alpha said, "They can exist there, we exist here, and you're in trouble when you cross our border." The fact that she makes this statement and forms a border lined with the minds of her own people? It's such a brilliant idea. There is no doubt that it has a very iconic and epic feel. Samantha has done such a great job this season. She embodies everything the show needs and wants. Just to know how it does not come back … it's pretty amazing.
The episode ends with the snowfall. Will we finally have the right winter on The Walking Dead as we saw in the early editions of the comics?
Yes, we are. We finally have our frozen zombies. We finally have our winter episode.
I'm so excited.
Me too! ( Laughter .) I'm dying for people to see it. For me it was one of the most technically challenging things I've ever done in my career as a director and as an effect artist to visualize this world. The other big challenge is this: how to follow episode 15 with a season finale? As we shot it, we all said that episode 15 feels like a season finale. It was a moment when you wanted to end the show with exciting and recovering people. A little P.S. add on with the magnitude of what we did? I think people are being blown away.
How will you follow that? Winter, of course, but what about emotions?
The beauty of our season premieres and our season finals is the table for the coming and the following seasons. There are many good emotions and stories associated with the development of characters and bows. There are other stories we set up. It has a lot of mood. It has a lot of style. It feels different than any other episode we've ever produced. That way, I think we're going to let our audience say, "Man, they're giving us more and more stuff to make us stay tuned, and it's letting us know what's going to happen next." As soon as I was told we would make snow? I was like, "Wow, it's Georgia, how do we snow in Georgia?" We'll talk about the answer after you've seen the episode.
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