‘Walking Dead’ EP Angela Kang on Returning Lauren Cohan, Final Season – Deadline

“We’ve always had some episodes in the show in a season that could be really, really tight where it’s really just a few people or a few people or a few people and telling some kind of singular story,” said The walking dead Showrunner Angela Kang as the zombie series apocalypse returns with her Season 10C debut and six more episodes. “So it’s pretty fun for us as writers to work because it gives us a chance to really give these actors a lot of material to play,” PE adds. “It gives us a chance to sit down in moments a little longer than we could.”

It’s pretty clear from the looks on the faces of Lauren Cohan’s Maggie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan when they meet in the opening moments of tonight’s episode “ Home Sweet Home ” that he There is a time to sit down, to put it mildly, even amid attacks from the Mysterious Reapers. Returning to Survivors after years of absence and short-lived ABC stint Whiskey rider For Cohan, the tension is at the machete between Maggie and the man who smashed the heads of her husband Glenn Rhee and others during the opening of Season 7.

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Working from his home in Los Angeles while filming for the 11th and final season of Robert Kirkman’s comic book-based AMC series is underway in Georgia, Kang peeled the skin off a bit from where TWD heads to its conclusion and spinoff spearheaded by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. The executive producer also discussed filming in this era of the coronavirus, returning Cohan to full-time, and preparing for the long farewell.

DEADLINE: So from the start of “Home Sweet Home” to the end, the question must be: Will Maggie ever forgive Negan for killing Glen and the others all those years ago?

KANG: I think that’s the question of the season. I think there’s a lot to explore with these two characters, and they take a long journey through time. Hope it will be cool.

We’re currently filming stuff with them, which is pretty intense. So, you know, I think there’s a lot of really complex emotions involved for both of them, and Negan feels like he’s a different person, and she comes in under really different circumstances, but Maggie is a little different too. So, more to come.

DEADLINE: Ha, you always say that …

KANG: (Laughs) Yeah, I do. I’ll say about Maggie, in terms of character, as we find out in “ Home Sweet Home, ” she really saw some dark things there, and to the point that she’s not even ready to go. really talk at the start. So we’ll start to take a little more of that off over time, but I think the returning Maggie is a little more … you know, there’s a touch of secrecy because she’s trying to figure out what is. the existing dynamic among the survivors, with Negan, and for her

DEADLINE: How? ‘Or’ What?

KANG: I mean, it’s a shock to her to come back and find that Negan is back in the fold. So what does this mean, for example, how the band has changed? I think she’s also, a little harder and more pragmatic, and I think Maggie has always been in that direction. She’s got great humanity and optimism, and yet she’s the same person she was when she found out about Gregory’s plot in season 9, without a trial, she just hanged him, you know?

There’s more of this Maggie who had to drive things for her to survive. So I think that way, you know, it’s just a continuum for her, but you know there’s this really hard part of Maggie that I think is struggling with the part of her that wants to be more. warm and forgiving and things like that.

DEADLINE: In the context of all of this, how does it feel to have Lauren back full time on the show?

KANG: it’s fantastic. I love working with Lauren.

We all love it, you know. She is so sweet and a great personality. I also think she has established herself as a leader among the cast and on set in a really positive way. I think she is very inclusive of people. She is good at expressing herself in a fantastic way for the whole. So I think, you know, it’s really a plus in every way to see her with us again.

DEADLINE: Now that Lauren is back you have these six more episodes of season 10 in the box and now you are filming the 11th and final season of Walking Dead

KANG: Yeah …

DEADLINE: So where is it and where is it going?

KANG: We are in the process of continuing to write the season. It’s 24 episodes, which is a lot, but you know, we’re also really lucky to have that kind of track to wrap up the story.

Right now, we’re in the middle of filming the first block. So we’re doing crossovers two at a time right now, which we don’t usually do, but it just helps us not to have that many admins inside and outside, and we can sort of so consolidate the locations. So, you know, we’re taking about a month to film all of this for episodes 1 and 2 of season 11.

DEADLINE: It’s obviously a byproduct of the pandemic, now I know you won’t tell me much in terms of specifics of how this all ends, but what about the tone of the last few episodes?

KANG: Right now they’re, we’re, in the middle of a bunch of cool action stuff taking place in some sort of spectacular setting that our department has filmed. Narratively, what we have going on is, hopefully, a compelling story that has to do with some of the things that we’ve put together in these expansion episodes.

I will say things are getting incredibly intense, and so there is a road story going on, as well as following the group that got surrounded by the soldiers in the yard.

DEADLINE: Is this the Commonwealth or some variation of those characters from the comics?

KANG: We’ll find out more and more about the people they met, as well as everyone in the midst of the story of survival back home in Alexandria. So that’s kind of where we start with the final season. It’s going to get into some pretty interesting thematic territory, but I’ll save some of it for when we get closer to talking about this season.

DEADLINE: I can work with this. Now, in these so-called Season 10 expansion episodes, these are much more intimate, almost like singular episodes in the larger Walking Dead universe. How is that different for you guys, and what do you think the payoff will be for the fans because of it?

KANG: We’ve always had some episodes in the show in a season that could be really, really tight where it’s really just a few people or a few people or a few people and telling some sort of singular story. So it’s pretty fun for us as writers to work on because it gives us a chance to really give these actors a lot of material to play. It gives us a chance to sit down in moments a little longer than we could.

That way it’s a good creative challenge because there were such tight parameters in terms of what we could do, because even we were shooting two episodes simultaneously and because of Covid. There were two units that worked, and we never shot like that. It’s kinda crazy, but it also means you know, I can’t have an actor from group A in group B. So it kind of affected everything we did in a creative way.

DEADLINE: That’s a pretty standard question now for everyone, but I have to ask, how did the pandemic affect the production of The Walking Dead in Georgia once you started wrestling late last year. ?

KANG: As far as the expansion episodes go, it was really interesting to have so many clubs around us. But I hope what fans will take away is that we got to know some of these characters better. We have learned to understand some of these things that motivate them as they progress, as well as to have a very clear idea of ​​some of the challenges and threats that lie ahead.

DEADLINE: And behind the camera?

KANG: Being in production is so different in so many ways now. It just means everything takes longer to do safely. You know, we learned a lot doing the six episodes that are the expansion of season 10, because they were so much smaller, and we did them all on our backs. So we were able to sort of figure out how to do everything, where the sticking points were going to be.

We’re back in the shoot for season 11 now with just our bigger and bigger type of stuff like giant constructions and tons of stunts and everything. And I think we just found out it’s like this now for everything

Are there many, many more safety meetings and gatherings specifically on how you handle all aspects of each type of shooting? We’re talking about almost a month, roughly speaking, to film two episodes. So that’s the length of a feature film, you know? It’s a big change.

DEADLINE: And for Norman, Lauren, Melissa, Jeffrey and the actors…

KANG: They are all tested all the time. They are all super smart, super safe. They go there and then they really try to forget about that stuff as much as they can and do their job.

I watched stuff on a remote thread, which is different to me, and it looks cool In fact in some ways there are aspects that have settled into something that gives at least l I feel like they can be there and pretend, even though everything around them is a whole mechanism that works all the time. It’s just our reality now.

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