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Melissa Reveals Carol Was Supposed To Die In Season 3

February 10, 2015

As readers of “The Walking Dead” comic book series know, Carol Peletier met an early demise in the graphic novel. But on AMC’s TV adaptation, the once meek and abused wife is still alive, and has actually transformed into one of the most badass characters on the show. But do you know that Melissa McBride’s Carol was supposed to be killed off in the first half of Season 3?

Well, that’s one of the few surprising things that McBride revealed during her recent interview with Fast Company’s Co.Create.

The 49-year-old actress made the revelation when asked if there was a time in the past when producers of the show sit down with her and talk about their long-term plans for her character.

“Nobody really sat me down and talked about this character very much,” McBride said. “The first time I really got to talk about her from my point of view was when I was told that they were going to kill her. The showrunner at the time was Glen Mazzara, and he called me and let me know that she would be going in the third or fourth episode [of Season 3].”

Since she initially thought that her stint on the show would only be short considering the fate of her character’s comic book counterpart, McBride said that she was fine with the decision.

“I was okay with it, but I was sad,” she recalled. “Then I got to talk to the writers.”

While she has no idea whether her conversation with the writers made them realized that there’s more they could do with Carol, McBride — who also works as casting director in Atlanta — told the Co.Create that being able to talk about her character is an amazing experience.

“It was so wonderful to be able to talk about her, especially at the time when I thought she was going to be going away,” she shared. “I did want them to know what I thought about her. I felt so quiet the whole time. I was happy to talk about her. It made me happy. I was giving a voice to my friend Carol. I wanted her heard before I left. I guess that’s kind of how I felt.”

In an interview with Under The Radar last October, McBride opened up why she sometimes doesn’t want to talk about Carol.

“I love this character. I do feel like she’s very alive for me. I feel protective of her,” she explained. “When I talk about her, I feel like I’m betraying her confidence. So I’m not comfortable talking about her sometimes.”

“She’s my buddy, and I don’t want to tell you what she was thinking or her fears,” she added. “She confides in me. I wouldn’t say it’s exhausting, but there was that time [in Season 4 Episode 14 “The Grove”] that I felt the most spent. As an actor it’s exhilarating in a weird way-a torturous way. I love it.”

Carol Will Have ‘Funny’ ‘Moments Of Lightness’

February 10, 2015

“The Walking Dead” fans will see Carol’s funny side in the upcoming second half of the show’s Season 5.

In an interview with TV Guide magazine, showrunner Scott M. Gimple teased that moments of sorrow and misery in the back eight episodes of the current installment will be negated by surprising instances of lightheartedness involving Melissa McBride’s character.

“Some moments are fun and even a little funny,” Gimple said. “I’m not saying that Carol is turning into Zooey Deschanel from ‘New Girl,’ but there are moments of lightness that are still mixed in with some badassery.”

Perhaps this cheery part of Carol’s personality makes McBride love her fan-favorite character even more.

The 49-year-old actress has been very vocal of how much she enjoys playing the role most especially after her storyline on the hit AMC zombie drama veered from the comics.

In fact, there was an instance when the “Mist” actress got teary-eyed while recalling how Carol has transformed from a meek, abused wife to a strong, independent, pragmatic survivor of the zombie apocalypse being portrayed on the show.

“It’s been the time of my life,” she told fans at the series’ New York Comic Con panel in October of her acting stint as Carol, Yahoo TV reported.

She then shared that her line “Look at the flowers” from the show’s Season 4 Episode 14 “The Grove” – where her character shot the emotionally damaged Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) to death – is what people shout at her all the time now.

“It’s something I’m so proud of for the character. It’s been something I never saw coming, and if I keep going, I’ll cry because I love her,” the Lexington, Kentucky-born actress explained as her voice trailed off and got teary.

“It’s amazing to work with all these wonderful people, and to be so vulnerable with each other, but also to be vulnerable with the fans… the way you express yourself, we know how much you love [the show]. Thanks, guys,” McBride added, as her co-stars Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Danai Gurira (Michonne) and Norman Reedus (Daryl), embraced and comforted her.

Norman Reedus Talks Daryl Dixon’s Feelings For Beth And Carol, Midseason Finale

November 28, 2014

Norman Reedus fans get ready to swoon – The Walking Dead star recently talked about Daryl Dixon’s feelings for Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney).

During an interview with Yahoo! TV, Norman Reedus was asked yet again about whether Daryl is in love with Carol or Beth. Instead of getting annoyed about being asked the same question during every interview, Reedus dutifully provided an answer that shouldn’t upset Caryl shippers or Bethyl fans.

Norman admitted that Daryl felt something for Beth during their days together, but he wouldn’t say that these feelings were of the romantic variety.

“When he was alone with Beth [in Season 4’s ‘Still’], I don’t know that he knew what those feelings meant, but they were feelings. It wasn’t so much a love affair as it was like, ‘Things can be good. Maybe you’re the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s, and you’re going to show me where all the candy is.’”

In other words, Beth was giving him hope and showing him that life doesn’t have to be all about surviving — she didn’t let the zombie apocalypse stop her from singing or enjoying her first alcoholic beverage.

Norman Reedus also talked about Daryl Dixon’s feelings for Carol, one of the toughest characters on The Walking Dead. The episode that featured Caryl’s adventures in Atlanta was titled “Consumed,” so it was fitting that Reedus used fire to describe Carol’s emotional journey.

“Carol means so much to him, and they’re so similar. He’s trying to keep the fire burning in her, and she’s put out that fire, built her own fires. Burned things down. Burned people up. There’s a whole bunch of symbolic gestures in all these episodes, but I think the stakes are super high for him, and he’ll do anything to get his two girls back.”

Reedus might refuse to choose one of Daryl Dixon’s “two girls” over the other, but his mom knows who she wants to see her son’s character settle down with. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Norman’s mother recently revealed her preference for Carol in a text message that went viral. Reedus explained why Carol is his mother’s favorite character on The Walking Dead.

“I think my mom probably sees a lot of herself in Carol, to be honest. My mom’s a really tough cookie, and she’s lived all over the world. She ran a school in Kurdistan recently. She taught high school in the Bronx and kindergarten in Harlem. She’s a very colorful badass, and I feel like she probably sees herself in Carol a little bit, you know, a fighter who gets things done.”

Unfortunately, Norman Reedus hinted that the midseason finale of The Walking Dead (“Coda”) will feature the loss of one of Daryl’s girls. During an interview with TV Guide, Reedus revealed that the final moments of “Coda” will be “devastating.”

“I sat on an apple box with my head between my legs and just bawled for an hour… I just sat there and cried and cried and cried.”

Norman seemed to suggest that the group of survivors will get close to saving Carol and Beth, but something will go horribly wrong.

“He’s one of those characters where they keep dangling a carrot in front of him and he keeps reaching for it, but the carrot falls in the mud right before he’s about to get it.”

Many fans of The Walking Dead believe that Beth Greene is a likely casualty of The Walking Dead midseason finale, but some fans of the show recently uncovered photographic evidence that might suggest otherwise.

As Uproxx points out, the death of Carol would be devastating news for Caryl shippers and those who want to see a Walking Dead spinoff starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. Norman has joked about the idea for years, and his plan for The Caryl Show is very ambitious.

“It’s Daryl and Carol living in Central Park, and all the squirrels are going missing so Bloomberg’s putting out announcements that the squirrels are disappearing and we have sort of a [distillery] and tourist come by … and we try to charge them money. We have theme song that goes, ‘Carol is sterile and Daryl is feral/a match made in hell.’”

Many fans of The Walking Dead are worried about Carol and Beth, but here’s a scary potential plot twist: What if Norman Reedus was crying because Daryl Dixon gets bitten and dies during the midseason finale? If Daryl meets his demise trying to save Carol and Beth, at least fans got to see him using a walker head as a deadly bowling ball in last week’s “Crossed.” Speaking of which, Norman Reedus recently shared a behind-the-scenes Instagram photo of Daryl’s gruesome encounter with one of the hospital cops.

Spoilers: A Major ‘Walking Dead’ Cast Faces a Horrible Death in Mid-Season Finale

November 28, 2014

The Walking Dead continues to produce heart-gripping, action-filled scenes each episode in Season 5. There’s no question why they’ve always landed the number 1 spot in TV ratings at its previous seven episodes as it always surprises its audience with controversial scenes and twisted plot lines that leaves many fans guessing. Now in its mid-season finale, you can expect nothing short of astonishing battles that will leave you gasping and wishing for more.

In last week’s episode of the Walking Dead, with Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) return, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his team were divided again as the half of them embarked on a rescue mission to rescue their friends, Carol (Melissa McBride) and Beth (Emily Kinney) from the hands of the cops holding them hostage on the Grady Memorial Hospital; while Carl, Father Gabriel, Micchone and baby Judith stood their ground in the church.

The last leg of their rescue mission will continue in Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 8, entitled ‘Coda’. Grab your Katana, Crossbow or your choice of weapon, because you will join Rick’s team in an all-out war in the midseason finale. We have spoilers ahead for you!

According to IB Times, Walking Dead fans can recall that the head of the survivors was willing to go through the rescue mission with guns blazing, but Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) wanted an alternative to the inevitable bloodshed, which had been supported by Daryl.

Rick will continue his attempt to negotiate an exchange with Dawn (Christie Woods), saying they don’t want anyone to get hurt and just want to have their friends. He is adamant of entering a situation of not getting entangled in a fight. But, the cops have other plans and they might need to resort to violence and be forced to fight back.

A spoiler-filled synopsis for ‘Coda’ revealed that Rick and his crew’s new enemies will ‘disregard rules and morals’. They will find no peaceful resolution. Dawn had not hesitated in using force in order to get bend things to her will. Her abusive behavior towards Beth was clear as day in the past episodes. While she could get nothing out of Beth and Carol really, her decision could help her prove herself to her fellow officers. A showdown will happen between the two teams, who are both unwilling to back down to one another.

Meanwhile, Father Gabriel left the rest of his companions in the Church, much to Micchone’s (Danai Gurira). He will venture into the woods alone, unarmed and unprotected. Will he survive against the deadly Walkers in Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 8? Will he go back or will Micchone go after him?

For those wondering about the other half of the survivors, who are on their way to D.C., Now that the truth had been revealed that Eugene (Josh McDermitt) was not a scientist, the crew hit a major roadblock. Would they still go ahead to the nation’s capital? Or will they realize it’s too much of a risk and it’s time to return to the group they left in the Church?

Rumors have also swirled that the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 8 will be a real tear-jerker. Melissa McBride commented that the next episode was a ‘heartbreak’, which probably gave more away than she thought it did.

Norman Reedus recently shared in an interview that he cried during the filming of the mid-season finale. He admitted, he had to ‘sit on apple box’ with his head between his legs for an hour. He couldn’t help, but cry. “He’s one of the characters where they keep dangling a carrot in front of him and he keeps reaching for it, but the carrot falls in the mud right before he’s about to get it.” He said.

So far, fans’ speculations were torn between Beth and Carol as the one who’s going to say goodbye to the cast. The most rampant has been Beth’s character as she faced a ‘horrible death’ next week. This has not yet been confirmed, so fans will need to watch out for Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 8.

Robert Kirkman Shares Biggest Regret For TV Version Of Walking Dead

November 27, 2014

It has been a hit comic and now has been a top rated show for AMC for five seasons. The Walking Dead has brought zombies mainstream.

Recently, Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead comic and a producer on the AMC TV series adaptation, has revealed one major regret about the series – a regret that is actually a pretty big episode in the scheme of things. Kirkman tells The Hollywood Reporter:

“If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have done the CDC episode [at the end of season one]”.

The finale of the first season saw CDC doctor Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich) revealing to the group of survivors that everyone is already infected with the virus. Why does he not like it?

“It possibly gave away too much information and was such a big change very early on in the series. I feel like there might have been a better way to wrap up the first season. It ended up being a fun episode. I love the character of Dr. Jenner and thought Noah did an amazing job. But there were things in that episode that I think seem very much not of The Walking Dead world.”

Another problem he has with it is the brief reference to French scientists being onto a potential cure for the zombie apocalypse:

“I probably would have changed that stuff. I’ve been careful in the comic series to not say what’s happening in other parts of the world. It’s something that’s going to be fun to explore in the spinoff series. But the fact that France is mentioned in that episode and other things like that, I probably would have steered away from that stuff if I had to do it all over again.”

Kirkman is also very quick to praise actress Melissa McBride for her work as Carol on the show, a sentiment many fans would agree with. He also discussed how her on screen counterpart is such a change from her comics version:

“Carol was extremely different in the comic and I was attempting to tell a completely different story with that character than what we ended up doing on the show. Carol in the comic and Carol on the show couldn’t be more different. I’m really proud of the evolution that that character has gone through. It’s one of the best parts of the show.

Melissa McBride’s performance is absolutely amazing. More than any other character, Carol has evolved in leaps and bounds. You go back to the first season and it’s almost like a different actress is playing that character because she’s so different. It’s been a really remarkable transformation in a show about transformation. That’s been a great and welcome change.”

The Walking Dead’s midseason finale airs this Sunday at 9pm on AMC.

The Walking Dead spinoff companion series takes place in the same zombie-infested universe, but instead explores what is going on in a still to be revealed other part of the world. AMC has ordered a pilot episode with Adam Davidson set to direct.

AMC hopes to air the pilot in 2015.

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