After a truly heartbreaking episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” the live discussion show “Talking Dead” almost became a support group on Sunday night. Host Chris Hardwick’s guests were IronE “T-Dog” Singleton and show executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
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Hardwick tells Singleton his character was very popular with the fans, and he thanks everyone. Singleton says he got the “death call” from Glen Mazzara and he said they were going to kill off T-Dog. Hurd says the death of the characters isn’t really planned out over the season, it just happens organically.
Hardwick says he accidentally learned of Lori’s death during a set visit earlier in the year, and had to hold it in emotionally all this time. He asks Hurd what happened to Carol, and she won’t tell him. In response to a question from Twitter, Singleton says he feels Rick has made good calls as the leader of the group.
Hardwick says this episode felt like a season-ender, and asks where they can possibly go from there. Hurd says it will get dark, deep, and even more intense before things finally lighten up.
Singleton says they have a “death dinner” tradition on set, where when one of the characters is going to die they all gather for a dinner and a “last supper.” They hand out momentos, his was the riot shield T-Dog was using on the show. Hurd says Singleton was a very positive person on set, always smiling on set.
The show gives us a behind-the-scenes feature on the filming of “Killer Within.” Co-executive producer Denise Huth says the other actors were freaked out by the birth scene, even though their characters are always involved with death and gore.
Hardwick reads some supportive tweets from fans, and Singleton says he’s glad T-Dog got to go out a warrior, fighting to save Carol. In response to a call, Singleton talks about getting the prosthetic neck and shoulders for his death scene.
They discuss Andrew the inmate, and how all of this happening is basically Rick’s fault for letting him live. Huth says Carl got to talk to his mother as she died, and get absolution.
In response to a tweet, Hurd says Rick’s group will grow, probably with the two inmates who have proven themselves. The panel agrees that seven seasons of the show doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough, especially since the comic book is already to 102 issues.
Singleton says he’s now working on a show with Neve Campbell called “Sworn To Silence,” and also writing his auto-biography.
In this week’s poll as to what Rick should do next, 81% of the votes were for “Go on a walker killing spree.”
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