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Melissa McBride: “She’s a Rare Talent”

June 25, 2014

The Walking Dead is not known for getting a lot of attention from awards shows, so it felt like validation for the whole TWD Family when Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) was nominated for a Critics Choice TV Award. Hopefully that’s just the first step on the path to the 2014 Emmy Awards — and one person who would be thrilled to see Melissa honored is TWD’s fearless leader, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes).

The Emmy nominations will be revealed on July 10, and AMC produced a campaign to promote the cast of TWD Season 4. Fans and critics have shared hopes for several stars — including Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, and Andy himself — but there’s been a special push to give Melissa an Emmy.

Season 5 is now in production, and Gold Derby talked to Andy about the past and future of the show, mentioning how Melissa was singled out at Critics Choice TV Awards. Andy worked with Melissa a lot in the first half of the season, and Carol had a huge showcase in the second half in Episode 14, “The Grove.” What’s it been like for Andy to see Carol’s character develop over the past four seasons, and to see Melissa get recognition?

“It makes me so happy,” Andy said, and he really got animated about it complimenting Melissa, which you can see in the full video below. “It makes me more happy than getting recognition myself, because she’s … any actor that has acted with Melissa McBride knows they’re in the company of — I won’t say genius, but a uniqueness that is extraordinary, and incredibly captivating. I mean I came to this country to work with people of that quality.”

He said she’s a perfect example of how the ethos of the show is developed — that you are rewarded for your talent.

“Melissa McBride said maybe five sentences in the first season and now look at what she’s done,” he continued. “It’s wonderful when you see talent, pure talent, being recognized in this way, and even more thrilling when critically it’s recognized as well. The fans knew it quite some time ago, I think, but it’s wonderful that she had the opportunity and had that incredible episode to show what she is more than capable of doing. She’s a rare talent.”

Well! Isn’t he just the sweetest thing? Andy also gushed about his on-screen son, saying Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) arrived on set as a 32-year-old trapped in a 10-year-old’s body and they lucked out to find him. If he was asked about each member of the cast he’d surely find something wonderful to say about them. He just happened to be asked about Melissa’s awards recognition and he had a lot of great things to say. Of course, anytime anyone is asked about Andy they rave just as much, and interview like this just show why.

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

Who Is Norman Reedus’ Favorite TWD Scene Partner For Daryl Dixon?

June 06, 2014

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) has had great scenes with just about everyone on The Walking Dead, but certain characters do tend to stand out.

Daryl and his brother Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) had such a real dynamic we could absolutely believe they grew up together. Daryl and his other “brother,” Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), have come a long way since their tense first encounter in Season 1, and now they are best friends for life. Daryl and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) bonded during the Season 2 search for Sophia and their bond has only stretched and strengthened with time. Daryl and Michonne (Danai Gurira) connected through their mutual hatred for The Governor (David Morrissey), but also shared some light moments. And Daryl most recently formed a sweet, unexpected friendship with Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) in Season 4.

Which character is Norman’s favorite for Daryl to interact with?

Just before Season 5 started filming, Norman joined fellow TV drama stars as part of an L.A. Times discussion, and he was asked about on-screen partners. After asking the question, the L.A. Times teased, “Norman, I feel like if you don’t say Carol people will stone you.”

Norman answered, “I was going to say Carol, be cool, be cool. My character changed a lot when they put us together. And it’s because of her, [Melissa]’s such a good actress, and she gets me, you know, I feel free to be vulnerable in front of her because she gets me, like she’s my buddy, and you can read everything on her face, she’s just a window.”

Beautiful. He didn’t have to say Carol — it’s not like Norman would be afraid to say, “Actually I was going to say Rick/Beth/Etc.” He chose her because the Daryl/Carol connection comes across as authentic and has evolved naturally over several seasons. Maybe in the future he’ll say Beth, Rick, Michonne, or even Eugene (those two seem like they’d have classic convos), but at this point it’s Carol.

Are you surprised to hear Norman’s favorite screen partner is Melissa/Carol, or did you figure as much?

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

Who will lose their humanity in season 5 of The Walking Dead?

April 15, 2014

With the fourth season of “The Walking Dead” over with, fans are now going to have to wait several months before season 5 airs. Until then there is a lot of time to speculate on what will happen next. However, viewers are not the only ones talking; on April 6, the Facebook page for “The Walking Dead” posted a link to a video on AMC that reveals what the cast thinks will happen next. One of the things discussed was who is holding on to their humanity and who is losing it.

Carol has gone down a dark path

The clip opened with a few shots from the season 4 finale, then Robert Kirkman spoke about the humanity of the characters. In a dark world people have to adjust to a new way of living. Some people like Tyreese, have held on to their humanity even through tremendous loss while others haven’t been able to do so. Kirkman said that Carol has definitely gone down a dark path.

The statement was a bit surprising because she doesn’t seem cold or uncaring despite the harshness of the world. Yes, she has made some tough decisions, but she did them not because she lost her humanity, but because it is what needed to be done. This was clear when she killed Lizzie, which was something that absolutely had to be done. However, when she killed David and Karen at the prison in an attempt to stop the spread of the flu, it may not have been the right choice, but she did have the best intentions.

His statement seems to indicate that Carol might end up more hardened in “The Walking Dead” season 5. She certainly has been through a lot and has lost so much. First her husband, which really wasn’t a huge loss as far as viewers are concerned, then her daughter and finally, she lost Mika and Lizzie, two children who she bonded with. This leads to speculations on which other characters could lose their humanity.

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