AMC’s live discussion show “Talking Dead” aired Sunday night, featuring host Chris Hardwick and guests Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross, and the director of Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” Greg Nicotero. While the new episode, “Say The Word,” didn’t kill off any characters, Hardwick admits he just barely recovered from last week’s show episode, “Killer Within.”
Nicotero talks about the Governor, and how excited he was to be directing this episode, since it had so many touches from the comic book. Ross talks about being a zombie in season two, even though the scene got cut.
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Hardwick says Rick is going all “Apocalypse Now,” and Nicotero talks about last week’s “Talking Dead” poll question in which most of the viewers wanted to see Rick on a rampage. He basically gave the people what they wanted. Nicotero says they shot Rick’s scenes all in one day, chronologically, so we could see him descend into madness. He also confirms that the bloated walker ate Lori, after dragging her carcass around the corner. Nicotero says the hair in the walker’s mouth was Lori’s, which is a disgusting touch I missed the first time.
He mentions the bullet that Rick found on the floor that killed Lori, and says actor Andrew Lincoln carries that bullet in his shirt pocket every day he’s on set.
Ross points out they’re very rough on the inmates, including making them dig graves for dead people they don’t even have bodies to bury. He says the inmates have made their choice to stand with Rick.
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Nicotero answers a question from Twitter about why Lori died so early in the season, and he says it was important to actress Sarah Wayne Callies for the baby to live, at least. He says it was a way to kickstart Rick’s spiral, although there’s a lot of change in what they originally intend to happen, and what actually makes it to air.
They discuss the Zombie Fight Club, and Ross talks about how Andrea is getting pulled into Woodbury.
Nicotero says we’ll find out in the next episode who Rick was talking to on the phone. Answering a caller, he says they rehearsed the scene where Michonne puts the sword to the Governor’s throat for maximum impact. He says they kept the camera on Michonne because she thought the Governor was going to slip out her sword and kill her.
Nicotero brings out a special effects dummy of IronE Singleton, which they used for his death scene. It’s incredibly lifelike, and freaks out Hardwick.
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While talking about Daryl holding the baby, Nicotero confirms one of the graves was for Carol, and that’s the one where Daryl placed the Cherokee Rose. He seemed pretty adamant that Carol was dead.
In a scene from next week’s episode, we see the Governor kiss Andrea.
In the poll question, 62% of people think Rick and the survivors shouldn’t have killed all the inmates at first sight, as Glenn suggested.
— Reid Kerr was wondering why no one went looking for Carol. Follow Reid on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook and yell at him.