With everything Bleeding Cool's been covering lately about the 11th and final season of AMC's The Walking Dead, you can't escape this building sense of dread that comes with knowing you're only a little more than a month away from the beginning of the end. So with the series set to return for its final run starting Sunday, August 22 (and The Walking Dead: Origins kicking off this week on AMC+), now's as good a time as any to pause looking to the end to spend a moment appreciating the past. Thankfully, we can count on TWD EP, director & special make-up effects supervisor Greg Nicotero, and stars Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan to offer up the perfect excuse. Nicotero shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the famous line-up scene in S07E01 "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" that saw Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) shuffle off the show's mortal coil courtesy of Negan (Morgan) and "Lucille."
In the clip below, Nicotero puts his money where his mouth is when he says he wouldn't have actors do things he wouldn't do. In this case, he lets Lincoln and Morgan have a swing at him with "Lucille" ("blood bags and all") to show them how it's all going to go down. "Ok, so when you are directing the trick is to never ask the actors to do anything you wouldn't do yourself. Um…So……Andy AND Jeffrey took me up on it…blood bags and all! Love all around !!!!", Nicotero wrote in the caption to his Instagram post, and you can check out the Lincoln and Morgan taking their swings at Nicotero in the clip below:
Now let's head back to the future with a look at the new images and details that were released last week previewing what lies ahead for Daryl (Norman Reedus) Carol (Melissa McBride) Eugene (Josh McDermitt) Ezekiel (Khary Payton) Jerry (Cooper Andrews) Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) Judith (Cailey Fleming), and Princess (Paola Lázaro). And following that, a new set of mini-teasers to keep the fires of speculation raging.
A man of few words, Daryl is forthright, weary, guarded, and most of all, strategic. His nomadic nature allows him to navigate the familiar and unfamiliar. The divide with Carol is an issue they must address, but food and supplies take precedence. A word to the wise – never mess with his dog.
Carol is steadfast in her priorities to help rebuild Alexandria and keep all within its walls protected and fed, but others see the means to survival differently. The strain between her and Daryl is on her mind as she continues to operate independently. She will always go to greater lengths to protect herself, her family, and her community.
A risk-taker in his own unique way, Eugene carries a great amount of guilt. He is aware of the consequences of every decision he has ever made or will make in the future. In this constant emotional state, is his mind capable of trusting what he says and what he sees?
A zookeeper who became King. A man with cancer who has undying optimism. Ezekiel has always helped those around him and himself to live better and be better. Still captured by the troopers, Ezekiel feels he has made a grave mistake.
Jerry is vigilant. His confidence and leadership are without question. His effervescence, at times, is the only light in this dark world. But do not mistake his levity for weakness.
Yumiko's strength is her intellect and it serves her well. Captured, she has little tolerance for the questioning by the troopers. She is unlike anyone they have questioned before, allowing her to look at the situation in a different light, while shedding light on the inner workings of her new surroundings.
A child of the apocalypse, Judith is stronger than her years would indicate. She continues to hold her head high and fight with might for all to live. She feels the pressure of possibly being the only one left in her immediate family. This is a heavy load to carry at any age.
No matter how dire the situation, Princess believes things will work out for the best. Her head may be in the clouds, but her coping skills are dialed-in to how life really works in the apocalypse. If she were to listen to her inner-dialogue, she might realize her instincts and observations could be the key to solving most of their problems.
But that's not all! Like we mentioned earlier, AMC also released four mini-teasers for the long-running series final run, with "Survivor", "Outnumbered", "Guarded", and "Threatened" offering a much greater scope of just how different our heroes' world is about to become:
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