Andrew Lincoln, Cast, Creators Talk Dying on Dead; Evening Standard Interviews Danai Gurira

the-walking-dead-episode-515-michonne-gurira=325This week, Andrew Lincoln, the cast and creators talk about dying on The Walking Dead, while the London Evening Standard gets Danai Gurira’s take on Michonne. Plus, The Oregonian deems Andrew Lincoln and Melissa McBride underrated. Read on for more:

• According to Deadline, Andrew Lincoln jokes at a panel discussion for The Walking Dead that “if they kill me off I’m gonna burn my trailer down.”

London Evening Standard interviews Danai Gurira, who calls Michonne “this fantastic character who has complexity and a distance to go in terms of who she is and who she could be. That’s an actor’s dream.”

• Tovah Feldshuh tells Yahoo TV she was “happy that I didn’t die [in the season finale]. Nobody ever wants to leave The Walking Dead. You want to last as long as you can stay on it, because the darn thing is just so very good, so beloved by its viewers, because it goes very deep into the river of what it means to be alive in this world.”
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Robert Kirkman Gives Season 6 Clues; Emily Compares Beth to her The Flash Character

the-walking-dead-episode-509-beth-kinney-325This week, Robert Kirkman teases Rick and Morgan in Season 6, while Greg Nicotero is interviewed by Empire‘s podcast. Plus, Emily Kinney tells The Hollywood Reporter about the difference between playing Beth and her The Flash character. Read on for more:

• According to TheWrap, Robert Kirkman teases that Rick and Morgan’s reunion will be “the spine of Season 6,” adding there’s “questions of how they’re going to interact, how they’re going to work together — if they’re going to work together — and what comes from those interactions…”

• Greg Nicotero, speaking with the Empire podcast, says, “The thing about The Walking Dead now is that we’ve all been in the trenches so hard together and so long that we would take a bullet for each other, so I think that camaraderie and that dedication and devotion to the show starts with Scott Gimple and goes all the way through.”

• Emily Kinney, interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, compares Beth with her new role on The Flash, saying, “On The Flash they’re always trying to fix my hair and make me pretty, while on Walking Dead they go, ‘oh good, you look worse!’”
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Norman Reedus, Crossbow Appear on SNL; Melissa McBride Explains Carol’s Actions

the-walking-dead-episode-502-carol-mcbride-325x200This week, Norman Reedus and Daryl’s crossbow make a surprise Saturday Night Live appearance, while Melissa McBride explains Carol’s actions to Forbes. Plus, Gale Anne Hurd talks to Zap2it about the walker threat. Read on for more:

People spotlights the cameo that Norman Reedus and his crossbow made on Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update,” when Reedus “seemingly slayed” Pete Davidson.

• Melissa McBride speaks with Forbes, saying, “A lot of people say she’s a badass, that she’s coming back like Rambo, I don’t see it that way. I see her making tactical decisions. She’s just Carol doing these things. And I love it.”

Zap2it interviews Gale Anne Hurd, who notes that walkers “are the overwhelming majority now. The world is overrun. That’s why I think seeing for the first time a walker within the gates of Alexandria may very well be a portent of things to come.”
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The Walking Dead Q&A – Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon)

the-walking-dead-episode-510-daryl-reedus-325Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about arriving at Alexandria and shares his cocktail recipe inspired by the apocalypse.

Q: Once the survivors get to Alexandria, Daryl really feels like the odd man out in a civilized society. Have you ever felt so out of place before? Do you think Daryl could ever be “domesticated”?

A: He’s definitely the outsider. I felt that way pretty much all of high school. [Laughs] All those years are awkward. I really like that line [in Episode 415] when Joe says there’s nothing sadder than an outdoor cat pretending he’s an indoor cat. It’s very appropriate.

Q: What’s your favorite way to wind down after a heavy episode? Does it ever take you a while to “come down” off your character?

A: I always have my motorcycle on set, so I’ll ride through the woods, back home and just feel the breeze on my face, look at the trees, look at the sun going down or coming up. It’s a great way to wind down, but also a great way to get ready. I do some of my best thinking on there.

Q: You’ve mentioned that Daryl would be an a–hole if the zombie apocalypse hadn’t happened. What makes you think that?
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Lennie James On Morgan’s Return; Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln Talk Finale

the-walking-dead-episode-516-aaron-morquand-daryl-reedus-325This week, Lennie James discusses Morgan’s return, while Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Gale Anne Hurd and Steven Yeun break down the Season 5 finale. Plus, the finale ratings break a new record. Read on for more:

• Lennie James, interviewed by USA Today, points out that Rick is the “only person on the planet Morgan knows” because he “lost his wife and child, the only other people he had a connection to in the post-apocalyptic world.”

• Lennie James teases to TVGuide.com that there’s “an origin story to the Morgan we meet in the season finale. I don’t know which way it’s going to be told, but I am pretty sure that origin story will in some way, shape or form will come to light in Season 6 and explain who this Morgan is.”

• Talking to Variety, Lennie James says that Morgan’s “never been part of a group. The biggest his group ever got was him and his son. It will be very interesting to see who he is, who he’ll become, what he might do and what he might not do in the company of others.”
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The Walking Dead Q&A – Lennie James (Morgan)

the-walking-dead-episode-516-morgan-james-325Lennie James, who plays Morgan on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about how fans helped to bring his character back and what it was like to reunite with clean-shaven Rick.

Q: When did you find out, for sure, you would be returning? What was your reaction when you heard the news?

A: I knew it was a possibility over a year ago and I was very happy once it became a reality rather than a hope and a wish.

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Video – Talking Dead Episode 516 Highlights and Bonus Scene Featuring Lennie James, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride

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Want more Talking Dead? Watch these exclusive video highlights and a bonus scene featuring Chris Hardwick and his guests, Lennie James (Morgan), Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol).

Bonus Scene: Talking Dead: Episode 516
Melissa McBride talks about Carol’s cookies; Lennie James discusses Morgan’s trinkets like his rabbit’s foot featured in the Season 5 Finale; while Norman Reedus shares Daryl’s evolution since Season 1.
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Highlights: Episode 516: Talking Dead: Morgan as a Fan Favorite
Lennie James discusses why Morgan has become such a favorite among fans.
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The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Is Highest-Rated Finale In Series History

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The special 90-minute Season 5 Finale of The Walking Dead last night was the highest-rated finale in series history, delivering 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49. The episode capped the show’s strong fifth season with all 16 episodes ranking in the top 20 entertainment telecasts across all of television this broadcast season among adults 18-49. When including sports and specials, all 16 episodes of The Walking Dead season five rank in the top 50 telecasts across all of television among adults 18-49 – the first time a series has achieved this in cable history. With time-shifted playback added in, this Season Finale of The Walking Dead should exceed more than 20 million viewers and 14 million adults 18-49.

The Walking Dead remains the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49. Despite formidable competition from the NFL in the first half of its season and special event programming in the second half, such as the Oscars, the Grammys, the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special and the NBA All-Star Game, the show’s fifth season has delivered an average of 14.4 million viewers and 9.4 million adults 18-49 live/same day across its 16 episodes, an increase of 9% season over season in adults 18-49.

Also last night, Talking Dead achieved its highest-rated episode in series history, drawing 7.5 million viewers and 4.9 million adults 18-49. Each week, the live Talking Dead aftershow features host Chris Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts discussing that night’s The Walking Dead premiere. Last night’s Season Finale featured Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol) and Lennie James (Morgan).

Click here to watch The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale and other Season 5 episodes on amc.com, then click here to watch the Talking Dead Season 5 Finale.
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Create Your Very Own The Walking Dead Apocalypse With the Build the Dead Giveaway

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To celebrate The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale this Sunday, AMC and McFarlane Toys are teaming up for the Build the Dead giveaway, offering you the chance to win an official The Walking Dead Building Set. Recreate your favorite moments from AMC’s iconic series with realistic sculptures, iconic environments and a slew of beloved characters and walkers. Each prize pack includes the following playsets: Daryl Dixon with his chopper, The Governor’s room, the Prison Tower and the Prison Gate and Fence. Prize packs also include Daryl Dixon, Michonne, The Governor, Carl Grimes, Sophia Walker, Michonne’s Pet Walker and two Herd Walker action figures; as well as an autographed picture of Todd McFarlane. To enter, follow The Walking Dead on Twitter and be on the look-out for a tweet announcing the contest this Sunday.

The Walking Dead 90-minute Season 5 Finale airs this Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.

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Andrew Lincoln Discusses Rick’s Fight With EW; Jimmy Kimmel Hosts Dead Trio

the-walking-dead-episode-515-rick-lincoln-325This week, Andrew Lincoln and Corey Brill discuss Rick and Pete’s knockdown, drag-out fight with Entertainment Weekly, while Jimmy Kimmel hosts Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride and Steven Yeun. Plus, Greg Nicotero signs a new deal with AMC. Read on for more:

• Andrew Lincoln speaks with Entertainment Weekly about Rick’s “epic” fight with Pete, a scene that “could have been, and we spoke about it, it could have been the season finale just because of what happened in the context of the story.”

Entertainment Weekly also talks to Corey Brill, who’s says that shooting Pete’s fight with Rick “was like the best day of my working life. I’ve never had so much fun and worked so hard at the same time—fantastic.”

ComicBook.com posts clips of Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride and Steven Yeun on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, including Reedus saying that it’s easy to eat on set despite the show’s gruesomeness because “you’re starving. You get used to it. And plus there’s zombies around you eating too.”
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