Whatever you think about “The Walking Dead” Season 7 up to this point, consider this: Lennie James (Morgan) said he and Melissa McBride (Carol) “screeched” over a “lovely” “sexy moment” in the finale.
Here’s that section of Lennie James’s Q&A with NME:
“I hope people aren’t disappointed by the end, but there’s one point in the finale that myself and Melissa were reading as we sat next to each other on a plane, and both of us kind of screeched when we got to this one point. It’s such a sexy moment, on all levels – it’s huge, it’s just so lovely. And both of us, when we got to the point of reading it, were like: ‘Oh my God!’ Like kids, excited by it. And to still be at that stage seven years into the show is a testament to the writers. It’s about the arrival of a character, and it’s lovely – really lovely.”
Sexy? Did he mean literally sexy? He said on all levels. Arrival of a character? Literally on that point too — like someone new shows up — or something else? Maybe we can pair this with what Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) previously teased of the finale to Entertainment Weekly:
“Wait till [Episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”
Episode 16 is the finale, so is he talking about the same moment? Apologies for the all-caps, but … DO THEY MEAN CARYL? This isn’t about Carol and Daryl, is it? Sorry if it isn’t, but sexy moment, punching the air … maybe Daryl is finally going to get some, with Carol or otherwise. Or it could have nothing to do with that at all. But now we’re rooting for some Pookie play time. Or maybe Eugene? Does Mullet Man finally get some? Clearly stuck on “sexy” here.
For the record, James also hated the first half of Season 7, but because he was only in two episodes so he was bored and wanted to get to work and see everyone else on set. He promised “more action in the second half” as we’re about to go to war.
Here’s more of his second half tease to NME (warning — minor comic book spoilers ahead):
“On one level, it’s very obvious that we’re getting ready for war, and everyone who knows the comic books knows that we’re about to go into a couple of years of war. I don’t know how long that’s going to pan out in the television series, but it goes on for a while in the comics. So we’re about to go to war, and the second block [of eight episodes] is about meeting the protagonists and certain events that are going to decide what sides people take. And it’s not going to be a clear division of labour, let me say. There are some people who go to the dark side who are going to take you by surprise, and there are some people who are going to come over to the light – and that’s all a matter of perspective. As with this show, nothing’s going to move in a straight line. But one of the things that’s inevitable is that we’re heading to war.”
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 returns Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. on AMC.