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Well, the 9th season is about to start. It may be the best one yet according to Norman Reedus. 

Norman Reedus says 'big deaths' are coming on The Walking Dead

Dalton Ross  1 hr ago

“This is gonna be one of our best seasons of all-time,” says Norman Reedus about the upcoming season 9 of The Walking Dead. And he’s not alone. While there is a definite sadness among the cast and crew over the departure of series star Andrew Lincoln, they also can’t contain their excitement about what is about to unspool on screen, an arc that even has the exiting Lincoln excited. We spoke to Reedus to get the scoop on all the big changes both in front of and behind the camera, and to find out what’s in store for Daryl in season 9, which kicks off Oct. 7 on AMC.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This is the first time you all have entered a season with such a hard end to a story before and picking things up in such an abruptly different fashion. What did that feel like?

NORMAN REEDUS: It’s exciting for us. I mean, we’ve been there a little while, so it’s exciting to have this new, fresh take on things. In some ways, it defines the future more. There are a lot of times when we only knew what was happening episode-to-episode, so we’d hear rumors on set where we’re headed and so forth. But to have a defined horizon view kind of helps us to make our characters and the storylines more defined. There’s no patchwork trying to connect the dots when we can see the next dot in the future.

It kind of helps us, to be honest. It’s been exciting for us to tell different types of stories and merge the characters into different directions, whether it be allies or enemies. So, it’s been very beneficial to us, but also very helpful and a lot of fun. It keeps it exciting on this end, so I’m sure it keeps it exciting on both ends, you know?

What’s the show feel like tonally in season 9?

It feels very much like a western this year, the best parts of a western. In a good western, you’ll see Clint Eastwood have to deal with something and then you see everything rest on Clint Eastwood’s face. You get involved with the character on that western like you can get involved off of the characters on this show. We have that heavy impact weight upon us right now. There are some big deaths and some big things happening, and some super big things on the horizon as well, so it feels very much like the best parts of a western to me. I’ve always wanted this show to go in that direction, and it’s definitely headed in that direction right now. And it’s heavy. There’s a very heavy weight in the air while we’re filming. With the announcement of the Whisperers in the future there’s a lot of weight on our shoulders, and you feel it.

You mentioned The Whisperers, and those of us that read the comics know about Alpha and that group. What’s that been like?

It’s big. Given the certain thing that happens in the comics where we don’t get hit with one thing, we get hit with multiple things at once. And everybody knows that’s coming, and everybody can feel that coming. And that actress [Samantha Morton, playing Alpha] is such a good actress, and we’re so excited to have her on the show. And I can’t wait to do scenes with her, but she’s bringing a heavy army behind her. We’re excited to work with her. It’s a lot to live up to, and everyone’s excited for the challenge. So the stories this year are great, the scripts this year are better than they’ve ever been. And we’re excited to see it through, and we’re having a good time doing it.

This is gonna be one of our best seasons of all-time, without a doubt. I mean Andy said the same thing, he’s like, “This season feels like season 1 right now.” And I understand the reasons that he left, and it makes complete sense to me, but this is the show he liked being a part of, the one we’re shooting right now. So it’s exciting.

So clearly Daryl wasn’t too thrilled at the end of last season about the decision to keep Negan alive. How is he feeling about that decision when we pick things up after the time jump?

So many things happen right off the bat. There are so many things to deal with. That happens, and then another thing happens immediately after it, and then another thing happens immediately after that. He’s dealing with a whole bunch of stuff right now, and I’m loving where my character’s going this year. He’s been given a lot to do this season, and I like the challenge, and I’m up for it. But as far as Daryl, he’s family first always with that guy. And he’ll do anything and everything it takes. He’s been given a lot to do. His battles are being thrown at him left and right in all directions. So it’s not just where we left off last year, there are a dozen more things that are happening that he’s having to deal with all at once. So you’re gonna see many faces of Daryl for sure.

How is he feeling about the Saviors?

He’s definitely not welcomed there. And to be honest, he doesn’t even give a s—. He’s got other fish to fry.

How’s his relationship with Rick? Rick made that decision that Daryl wasn’t on board with, so how are those two getting along?

They go through so much this season. I love the episodes where those two characters go at it. Because they don’t just go at it with their fists, they really get real with each other. And it’s the first time we’ve seen those characters really talk it out, you know? Fight it out we’ve seen, and you’re gonna see some more fighting it out. But those two characters mean so much to each other, and they really are brothers. I know everybody knows that. But there becomes a real heart-to-heart couple moments this season that I just love those episodes. They’re great.

Scott Gimple is still around, but Angela Kang is the new showrunner. Have you noticed any differences just in terms of your day-to-day work environment there?

As far as keeping things close to the chest with us actors on the show, and as far as scripts and things like that, we still have that to a certain degree. But then there’s also a lot of freedom with explaining what’s happening on the show, not just to us, but to the media, to the press. There’s sort of an open dialogue this year, I’ve noticed. And it’s not anything I’ve spoken with anyone about, but I just kind of noticed as a fan. I noticed on Talking Dead there were a lot of story points being talked about on the show, which is something we didn’t really do before. There used to a lot of questions asked, and then, “Well, you’ll just have to tune in and see.” Now I know they talked about Ezekiel and Carol having a relationship, and a time jump, and certain things like that. So I think the set demeanor is a little less heavy, and it’s a little more directed towards fun.

It’s such a weird thing with the media, and with spoiler websites and so forth like that. Because you may get a picture of something, and you’re not allowed to talk about it, or whatever. But then there’s also that point of view that if there’s a picture, and it’s talked about, I personally don’t think it’s gonna stop people from watching if they happen to see a picture from some fan they took in the woods on an iPhone. Which we really do have a problem with that down here, I won’t lie. There really are people in the bushes with cameras, it’s really kind of annoying.

But is that gonna stop people from watching the show because they found out that there’s a this or a that on the episode? I don’t think so, to be honest. Everyone’s having fun, and everyone’s being given hard work to do. And Scott still is very much a presence here. So it’s not 100 percent different, but you have a different quarterback to this team this year, so there’s a different flavor to it. And that flavor is really, really working, I have to say. She was my favorite writer on the show when she first came here, and I’ve said it every single year. So as far as stories go, she’s headlining a really good group of writers, and we’re getting really great scripts. So you know, let’s see how they turn out, ’cause I’m excited.

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Is there like a YouTube video I can watch under 30 mins that recaps all the watchable and important plot points from last season?

I don't hate the show but once I fell behind it's not quite good enough for me to get motivated to put other shows or sports aside or for a few nights to catch up. But I already invested too much time into it over the past 8+ years to just walk away too lol


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Decent episode.  Ezekiel and Carol need to just tie the knot already.  Maggie went full blown dear leader.  Daryl is tired of carrying water for the people who fed him dog food.

Seeing Gregory swinging from a tree was both grotesque and satisfying.  Maggie came off looking like a dictator, but the dude sorely had it coming.

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I'm going to have to take my kids 10 miles out of the way to school Tuesday because of this dumb *** show. 


The sheen has worn off for me. There's literally a sign 100 foot from my door saying the road is gonna be closed and that **** stays on all night long. And it's not the first time either. 



And the tourists..... God I know they feed the economy here. But the nerds walking down the road in full costume all the time. Why? What drives a person to dress up as a zombie for everyone to see? We see it all the time. It's an everyday occurrence here. 


I have to get up thirty minutes earlier Tuesday to get my kids ready to go the long way around to school for this ****** *** show. 


I'm Hollywood as **** now.


Rant over. 

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10 minutes ago, mdrake34 said:

Just watched it. Meh. 

I liked the episode...it was cool seeing Shane strait up own him "so how is my daughter "

And I gotta admit swing Herschel was kinda emotional...especially since the actor just died.

but honestly to have Rick NOT die feels like cheating.

They did such a great job with the send off for Carl  and they kinda screwed the pooch with what happened to Rick.

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It was easily the best episode in a while.  I remember hearing so much hype about Jesus and I never saw it.  Was I expecting too much or was his character just underwhelming?  As for The Whisperer's, I'm looking forward to how it plays out.  The scenes from the 2nd half of the season were creepy with them standing in fields staring at The Hilltop. 

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The Hollywood Reporter

'Walking Dead' Shocker: Danai Gurira to Exit (Exclusive)
 Lesley Goldberg  3 hrs ago

Danai Gurira, the breakout star of AMC's The Walking Dead, is exiting the series.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Gurira, who officially joined the series in season three as iconic katana-wielding bada-- Michonne, has signed a deal to return for her final season of the zombie drama.

Under her new deal, Gurira will return in a limited capacity — described as only a handful of episodes — that will be interspersed throughout season 10. The actress, playwright and social activist will then likely segue to the three Walking Dead movies that AMC is planning with former leading man Andrew Lincoln. The latter has played the central role of Rick Grimes since the pilot and departed in the first half of season nine.

AMC and representatives for Gurira declined comment.

Gurira's departure — like Lincoln's — is considered a creative blow to The Walking Dead. Both Rick and Michonne remain focal points of Robert Kirkman's source material on which the AMC series is based.

"She has been very vocal about saying that she loves the show. We love Danai; we love that character. Right now, she's got a lot of opportunities and she needs to weigh what she feels is best for her. But we certainly would want her on the show as long as she wants to be on it," AMC programming president David Madden told The Hollywood Reporter in November. "We really want her to stay. She is an incredibly valuable character and I'm really hoping she stays. Obviously, the lesson of Andy is that the show can survive anybody's departure if need be but that's not our goal. The goal is to have Danai continue on whatever basis she can make work, given the other things that she has going on in her life."

While a massive change to The Walking Dead, Gurira's departure is not completely surprising given her breakout status. Since Gurira joined the show in 2012, the actress with a Master's of Fine Arts from NYU with a theater background has used the top-rated series as a launchpad. She has continued her work as a playwright, co-writing (and co-starring in off-Broadway production In the Continuum, winning an Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. She made her Broadway debut in 2009 in August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

Gurira's 2012 play, The Convert — which just ended its run in London with her Black Panther co-star Letitia Wright — earned her a Whiting Award for emerging playwright. In 2016, her future Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong'o starred in Eclipsed, which Gurira wrote. That play, Broadway's first with an all-female to premiere on Broadway with an all-female and black cast and creative team, earned Gurira a Tony nomination for best play.

She is also part of the Oscar-nominated cast of Marvel's massive blockbuster smash Black Panther and reprised her role as Okoye in Avengers: Infinity War and all signs point to Okoye appearing in the highly anticipated Avengers: End Game. Gurira is also currently adapting Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah into a miniseries that she will produce alongside Nyong'o — who will also star.

For the Walking Dead franchise, however, the three Lincoln-led films have now gained some serious star wattage with Gurira. (Lincoln and Gurira were romantically paired on Walking Dead and Madden noted he had "high hopes that Rick and Michonne's paths will cross again.") The first film will be told from Rick's point of view.

The three movies — set to begin production this year — will air on AMC, with the basic cable network, in success, partnering with a second party to help share the costs of what are expected to be cinematic features that are made for television.

Gurira had been in talks with AMC for a new contract since well before season nine started. With Lincoln and co-star Lauren Cohan's (Maggie) departures already on the books, sources say re-upping Gurira became a top priority as the two camps worked out details on an exit strategy. Meanwhile, Gurira's co-stars — Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol) — signed multiple-year "franchise/universe deals" with AMC.

Sources say those pacts will cover three years of the franchise as a whole, meaning if their characters are written off of the flagship and relocated to another property in the Walking Dead franchise — or depart completely — they would continue to get paid. Both received sizable raises. Reedus — who also hosts and exec produces AMC's unscripted motorcycle series Ride With Norman Reedus — earns $350,000 per episode on top of additional guarantees and advances in a deal that sources say could be worth anywhere from $50 million to $90 million. McBride's deal will see the actress score an estimated $20 million over three years.

Those deals allow Reedus and McBride to jockey between Walking Dead properties, including crossing over to companion series Fear the Walking Dead and, potentially, roles in the trio of TV movies. AMC, under chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, has further expansion plans beyond the movies for its billion-dollar franchise.

Financial details of Gurira's contract were not immediately available.

Gurira becomes the latest series regular to exit The Walking Dead. In addition to Lincoln, Xander Berkeley (Gregory) and Tom Payne (Jesus) were (spoiler alert) killed off. Cohan opted to depart after she and AMC could not come to terms on a new contract. The actress remains open to a return and has said that there at least were some talks for a spinoff of some sort featuring her fierce survivor, Maggie. (AMC has declined comment on that.) Lincoln was No. 1 on the call sheet, followed by Reedus (the show's new male lead), Cohan, Gurira and McBride.

On the activism side, Gurira in December was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. She will lend her name and dedicate her support to spotlighting gender equality and women's rights — and focus on putting unheard women's voices front and center. On Feb. 14, Gurira will mark the third anniversary of her Love Our Girls awareness campaign she launched to highlight the struggles, experiences and challenges of girls and women across the world.

Gurira is repped by UTA, Suskin Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.


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