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Melissa McBride talks losing a cast mate, Negan, and season 7’s bloody start

October 22, 2016

Oh, Lucille, how you torment us! We caught up with Melissa McBride, aka The Walking Dead’s Carol, and if you think losing a character from the show is hard for us, imagine losing a part of your TV family. We’ll finally learn who Negan took out with his beloved barbed-wire bat, Lucille, when the zombie-fest returns for it’s seventh season on AMC at 9 p.m. ET this Sunday.

“If you care about anybody on The Walking Dead, you should tune in (laughs). If you’ve been watching and you care about any of these characters, you should tune in. If you want to know who got the bat, you should tune in,” said McBride.

When it comes to the new season, “I, for a minute (laughs)… for a minute… thought that there was going to be a break for Carol,” she said.

“I used to think that I didn’t carry any of that home with me, and I carry a little bit, just a little bit. Enough to be cranky somedays. But there was a minute I was enjoying some lighter moments and thinking we’re in the turn. But, of course, once you go around that corner there’s always something horrible (laughs). You can bet on it. This season it’s extremely difficult emotionally for me and losing a cast member is never easy.”

If the comics are any hint, uber-villian Negan will challenge our heroes in every way. “The world keeps changing and getting more and more desperate. And that theme that’s been there all along is what are you willing to do to survive and are you willing to survive,” said McBride.

Yes, it’s been a long, bloody six years. At the end of last season, as others faced the bat, Carol left Alexandria and ended up gravely injured herself.

“I get it. What Carol’s had to do, like everybody else, just thinking about the children and how far she’s pushed herself, and just point blank shooting people… I just can’t even… Getting to such a conflict inside and caring so deeply for those people. The only way she thought she could deal with it was to remove herself” by leaving Alexandia, she said.

After battling some bad guys on the road, she was rescued by Morgan and they headed to The Kingdom, while most of the rest of the cast faced Lucille.

The Kingdom will introduce “amazing new characters, like King Ezekiel and his tiger.. It’s just lush. There’s so much going on… Their world is getting bigger and more spread out and strange.”

Melissa Teases Bad News for Carol Fans

October 10, 2016

Melissa McBride continues to tease a dark fate for her character Carol in The Walking Dead Season 7.

The actress shared a cryptic message to The Walking Dead TV panel audience at New York Comic Con 2016 about Carol’s future. Here’s what McBride had to say: “Every step she’s taken up to this moment has just devastated her…What is it about this world that makes us want to survive so much? That’s a huge question.”

There comments make us nervous. McBride has consistently talked about Carol’s dark path while promoting The Walking Dead Season 7 . Carol has always pulled through the darkness and survived despite the odds stacked against her. We’ve seen Carol’s resilience in The Walking Dead Season 5 when she covered herself in walker guts and made a makeshift missile launcher to rescue Rick’s group from the Terminus cannibals.

However, Carol isn’t doing so well by the end of The Walking Dead Season 6 finale. Carol wants peace and doesn’t believe she will get that in Alexandria. She’s starting to lose herself, and it could mean the show is preparing to say goodbye to the character. In the comics, Carol goes through a similar depression after she catches Tyrese cheating on her with Michonne. Carol feels alone and starts to distance herself from her daughter Sophia. She tries latching on to Rick and Lori, but fails to convince them to have an open marriage.

Carol then ties up a walker in the prison basketball court and lets it devour her. She essentially dies from suicide by walker. If Carol is too far gone, the show could have a similar fate for the character. At this point, if Carol has to kill people again she will probably turn the gun on herself. She can’t carry any more guilt and the only person who truly sees that is Morgan . He’s tried desperately to help her want to live; if Morgan fails Carol, it’s likely he’ll spiral back into his old ways.

Do you think Carol will make in past The Walking Dead Season 7? Let us know in the comments below. The Walking Dead Season 7 premieres Oct. 23 on AMC.

‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 Spoilers Are Perfect for Caryl Fans

September 01, 2016

The other day, “The Walking Dead” fans got “Caryl in Season 7” trending, and now The Spoiling Dead Fans has a report that Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) were both filming — together — in a scene for Season 7, Episode 10.

We last saw Daryl in Negan’s lineup-of-death at the end of Season 6. The first clip from Season 7 showed Dwight wearing Daryl’s vest, which didn’t bode well for Pookie. We last saw Carol with Morgan as they seemed to meet the first representatives from a survivor community called The Kingdom. That place, like a sister community to Hilltop, is run by a guy called King Ezekiel, and he has a pet tiger named Shiva.

There are 16 episodes to every season of TWD, so they are now shooting the second half. According to TSDF, Carol, Daryl, Ezekiel, and some Kingdom people were all shooting last week for Episode 10.

“The Walking Dead” Producer Explains Why Melissa Won’t Be At Comic-Con Panel

July 21, 2016

First thing first: No, we won’t be hearing who Negan’s victim during The Walking Dead’s San Diego Comic Con panel. The show’s executive producer Gale Anne Hurd confirmed the news with Deadline in an interview where she discussed The Walking Dead, Aliens, Fear The Walking Dead, and Falling Water. And, more importantly, she reveals why one of The Walking Dead’s major cast members won’t be appearing at SDCC this year.

When Hurd was asked why Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) wouldn’t be onstage for The Walking Dead’s Hall H panel, the producer explained, “The big thing really is our cast is so large right now that we couldn’t bring everyone. There’s a limitation at Comic-Con as to how many people can be onstage. So, we would love to have brought everyone, but we couldn’t.”

Of course, there have been and will still be fans who point to McBride’s absence as proof of the character’s possible demise. With fans still fiercely debating who’ll be killed by Negan next season, conspiracy theorists will use any and all evidence they can to support their beliefs. However, The Walking Dead team expected that kind of reaction.

In fact, Hurd said, “I think they read everything into the tea leaves at this point. There have been some very amusing theories based on a lot of sort of speculation based on who’s been in Georgia and who hasn’t…Not everyone is in every episode. The truth is the Hall H panel is for the most part the people who were where we left them in the last shot of Season 6, that’s sort of the lineup.”

As The Walking Dead has historically deviated somewhat from Robert Kirkman’s comics, fans are uncertain whether Negan’s deadly encounter with Rick’s group will be canon-compliant or not. Still, this hasn’t stopped fans from pouring over the source material in hopes of finding some ever elusive spoilers. Things were only made worse for fans when The Walking Dead released different photos featuring various characters sitting at the losing end of Negan’s bat, Lucille.

Fans can expect to get some information about the show’s upcoming seventh season as The Walking Dead is set to release the its season trailer along with a premiere date at SDCC. Hurd, a comic-con veteran, is excited to see what fans have to say about the show, telling Deadline that, “ I’m sure we’ll be hearing from people, very specifically, what they loved and what they didn’t about Season 6, but that’s the great thing about Comic-Con — it’s up close and personal.”

Melissa McBride breaks down the intense new episode of ‘The Walking Dead’

February 15, 2016

Our Walking Dead family is finally back together … but for how long?

After a long stretch of episodes where our regulars were separated and off fighting different fights, seeing everyone working together in last night’s midseason premiere was a glorious sight.

But, as regular viewers of AMC’s hit thriller know, it’s never long from the time one battle ends and another materializes and that’s what season 6B is all about.

As Melissa McBride, who brings a fierce heart to the show as Carol, told us in a preview for the return episode, there are many threats coming their way besides the imminent appearance of Jeffrey Dead Morgan as villainous Negan.

During our post-mortem chat, McBride revealed she’s more than a little excited to finally be working with a certain someone she doesn’t normally get screen time with as well as which characters are still in Carol’s heart and whether rules exist anymore in the post-apocalyptic world.

MASHABLE: This return episode really punctuated that the group is back together. Are they more invincible than ever or is there still a lot of fragility with them as a group?
MELISSA MCBRIDE: I think we all know better that nothing’s invincible in the world but they are certainly, I think, a stronger force. That’s the first time we’ve seen that whole community really band together and the stakes have never been higher either. And they really stepped up and stepped out of their fear and saw exactly how the world has changed and the threat of the walkers, especially in those great numbers face to face just trampling their community. They really all stepped forward to put them down and push them out. They come together and I love that. It’s so tragic, though.

This don’t happen a lot on the show but you had a few moments of silence in this episode before Morgan enters the room. Are there different challenges in those moments?
You know what? I love those quiet moments. I don’t care what I’m watching. I love to see characters just alone in their solitude, their private moments. I love to see what they do when no one’s watching. And I do love those thoughtful moments and you wonder what is going on in their mind, the thoughts that they’re thinking when they just take a second…I like it as an actor because it’s just a quiet, personal, private moment and they’re telling, you know, they’re very telling about that character.

What’s Carol thinking in those moments like that?
I’m thinking what are her thoughts … the situation she’s just found herself in and come out of and all that’s going on and the world’s tumbling down. As Carol, Carol’s thinking about herself. ‘Where am I at? What has this brought me to? What am I doing? What do I do with this?’

Moving forward, will we see Carol connecting with anybody that we haven’t really seen her with much before?
Yeah. Carol and Maggie are going to spend some time together. That’s going to be great. It’s great to finally get some good meaty stuff with Lauren. Our characters really have only shared a couple of scenes and just a few lines of dialogue so there’s some good meatier stuff coming. It’s something I’ve just looked forward to for a very long time so that was exciting for me. Then, obviously, we have guest appearances and characters come in. There’s a lot to look forward to.

Moving into these episodes, have you understood Carol differently in these episodes? Maybe there was something new about her you were able to explore.
There are changes and flips for all these characters in every season, every episode. That’s just the nature of evolving in what the world gives you. You trek through life and you turn a corner and here’s something else to deal with and to learn from and to grow from and to bounce off of and realize something new about yourself or to challenge the way you think about something.

Yeah, there’s changes ahead for all of these characters just because we keep living and dealing with life and what this world gives to us. In 6B there are definitely some corners [and] I experience different aspects of Carol that I have not yet. It’s exciting.

Glenn (Steven Yeun) has some dialogue in the episode where he talks about the people you carry with you even if they are no longer in the world. Who would those people be for Carol?
I think certainly Sophia and Lizzie, Laurie, T-Dog, Andrea…I think everyone in that core group. They’ve been traveling along, surviving together. They’re sacrificing themselves to different extents to keep everyone safe and unfortunately you have to do some horrible things to make that happen.

At this point, what are the rules for Carol as far as survival and killing? Are there rules left at this point?
I don’t think it’s a world without rules. I do think that her number one rule with conditions is that you eliminate the threat, just eliminate the threat. Leave out the liabilities and eliminate the threat.

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