The Walking Dead: Here's Another BTS Look at TWD Time Jump Alt Ending

Whatever you might think about the images from the alternate ending that The Walking Dead Cinematographer Duane Charles Manwiller (currently: Madame Web) began sharing last week, I think we can all agree that AMC needs to release that scene sooner rather than later (watch it end up on AMC+). In case you hadn't heard, it turns out that Judith's (Cailey Fleming) narrations over the last run of episodes were meant as a lead-up to a series finale scene that didn't get used where a time jump would've introduced us to older versions of Judith, RJ, Gracie, and others. In his last post, Manwiller gave us a much more up close & personal look at the future of the TWD universe. This time around, we're getting a look at the technical side of filming the alternate ending.

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THE WALKING DEAD – Cailey Fleming as Judith, Anabelle Holloway as Gracie, Kien Michael Spiller as Hershel, Antony Azor as RJ – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

"Here's another little BTS shot from the alternate ending of the finale that never quite made the cut. Director Greg Nicotero sits high on the perch of the insert vehicle, getting ready to do some driving work," Manwiller wrote as the caption to the behind-the-scenes image. "For even simple moving shots in cars, the amount of work that goes into it is HUGE. This type of rig is called a process trailer. You basically load up the car, lights, camera, sound, and anything else needed and tow that puppy down the street. There's more low-pro options available, but for this scene's requirements, the insert trailer was the way to go. Nosotros somos los muertos vivientes":

"First off, I'm blown away [by] how many people actually already knew about the original ending. I loved how the show ended, but I must say shooting this flash forward was pretty cool. Hope we'll get to see that scene someday," Manwiller wrote as the caption to his post introducing the future players of the franchise. "And no, I don't even know the actors well enough to tag them. It was a short single day with them. Here's a more up-and-personal shot of the cast. Can you guess who's who's? Nosotros somos los muertos vivientes."

Here's a look at how the Insider report described the ending from sources: "After Daryl rode off, we cut forward to the Freedom Parkway, outside Atlanta — where the iconic shot of Rick rode down from the pilot. See an ethanol-modified van, with a young woman and man in the front seats (in their twenties). And through the scene, we come to realize it's adult RJ and Judith. Other adult versions of the kids are in the back — Coco, Gracie, etc. They're out there, looking to escort any survivors back to their communities. Continuing the legacy of their parents. As RJ speaks over the radio, he finishes with: "If you can hear me, answer back. This is Rick Grimes." (Which, of course, is his name — and the line Rick said in the pilot.) Then we end with the voice of a survivor answering back: '…Hello?'" And here's a look back at Manwiller's first post showing a van, with Manwiller confirming that scene was where the image he posted came from in the comments section of the post:

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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