The Walking Dead – behind-the-scenes photos of the last episode. The creators reveal trivia from the finale
After 12 years of broadcasting, it ended The Walking Dead. In the final episode, one of the main characters Rosita, whom she played, died Christian Espinoza. In turn, the heroes defended the Commonwealth from a horde of zombies and arrested Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). In addition, Rick and Michonne returned to the series at the end, in which they portrayed respectively Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira.
Showrunner Angela Kang and director of the final episode, Greg Nicotero, who also served as producer and makeup artist on the series, revealed some interesting facts about the series finale in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. First of all, they said it Christian Serratos she proposed to the creators that her heroine die in this episode.
Christian came to me about six to eight months before this episode and said, “I want something really great for Rosita.” She would say, “I want this character to come out strong.” She said: “I think I might want to die, but if I die, I want to do something heroic. I want to die saving children.” So she was the one who initially came up with the idea and I thought it was really smart for her character,” said Greg Nicotero.
Angela Kang added that by deciding to do this, they could use an idea from the comic with the death of Andrea, who was an important character. This provided the opportunity for a kind of goodbye that would honor the emotional aspects of the comic, and also allow Serratos to fulfill the request.
The creators also wondered who should become the governor of the Commonwealth at the end. Mercer, Carol and Maggie were considered, but Ezekiel was ultimately chosen (Hary Payton) because he has been through so much and is a natural leader. He is a community focused leader. He always tried to help people, so he was the right choice for the Community to grow.
In addition, the creators revealed that the ending was supposed to look a little different. By the fact that Melissa McBride dropped out of the spin-off with Daryl, which came quite late, the ending had to be modified. The plan was for the two of them to get on a motorbike, heading west, and then turn off the road. There was another version of Daryl’s scene with Carol on the bench, which was a little brighter, but it always ended with “I love you.” What the actors wanted was for the scene to be simple and emotional. Thanks to the cooperation, this was achieved, and the creators admitted that they did an amazing job.
Viewers may also have noticed that Negan’s wife, Annie (Medina Senghore), did not appear in the season finale. Angela Kanga admitted that giving up the character was difficult. Annie returned to Alexandria and was included in the script, but it was so extensive that they couldn’t film everything. The creators had to make this decision due to the tight schedule, COVID-related issues and due to Reedus’ accident. They decided to cut a few scenes and one of them was the Annie subplot. Kang added that they always wanted the character to live.
Kang also revealed that Sebastian Milton was originallyTheo Rapp-Olsson) was to live to the end and only then die. The plan was for him to do more scams and other bad things by then. At the end, Pamela was to intentionally send him to the final battle, which would lead to his death. However, the developers felt that a big twist was needed in this part of the story, which allowed for some interesting subplots for Hornsby and Pamela. Plus, AMC suggested killing him. Kanga added that such things happened every season. Basically, Sebastian was a character who was going to die, you just had to choose the right moment to do it. She admitted there were many advantages to killing him before the finale.
An interesting fact may also be that Greg Nicotero again disguised himself as a zombie to appear for the 14th time in the series. He was spotted in the last scene when Daryl passed him on a motorcycle. The creator admitted that it was very important to him, because in the first season, in the third episode, the first walker that Daryl killed in the series was played by him. He wanted the last zombie the hero sees in The Walking Dead he was just in the suit. The make-up took only 40 minutes. Interestingly, for the rest of the day, he was directing in this zombie disguise. Below you can see some photos of Nicotero in make-up on the set and with the actors.
Behind-the-scenes photos from the final episode have also hit the network The Walking Deadwhich you can watch below.