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It's an odd start to the season in some respects. Once upon a time, you were even associated with the role of Negan on the flagship Walking Dead . I wanted to be around for a while. So there was a couple of those kind of things I had to work with. And when you fail at those things, it can mess you up. I remember it took three or four different weather changes. ( Laughs. ) Austin was crazy. I have such admiration for that because you can tell so many different kinds of stories about so many different kinds of things under that umbrella.

It was only after he did that that he could hear what his son was saying to him and understand what his son wanted him to do. Live-and-Let-Live… Well, he’s not Morgan. But he couldn’t sleep. If you like TVLine, you'll LOVE our weekly newsletter. NBC’s Super Bowl–boosted and red-hot This Is Us . The episode opens at Hilltop, where Rick and company are preparing for battle. Some of the Saviors try to attack their would-be bullet maker, but Rosita protects him.

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One day we're shooting and it's blazing hot, the next day it's raining, the next day it was snowing, and I didn't know how they were going to make this all cut together but they did. And I think it works really well. House of Cards Marvel's Jessica Jones Legion Lucifer Marvelous Mrs. But I will say, when he called Siddiq over to help, would Rick have been heartbroken if he didn’t save him?

He was drinking. Today's Hottest Stories 1 The Handmaid's Tale Episode 2 Recap : Slay, Rory Gilmore, Slay 2 Suits Finale Recap : Did Mike and Rachel Get Their Happily-Ever-After? AMC also continues to leverage the still-massive fan TWD fan base to boost its schedule year-round. We also get some excellent Ezekiel-Jerry banter, which has been missing from this season. The Saviors who didn’t die in the initial onslaught surrender.

Dorie, a subversion of the genre's lone cowboy archetype. I was doing this show called Hand of God on Amazon, a pretty hardcore character there, and I knew Negan was coming up. I want to be on set. I really like this kind of person. John develops a quick friendship with Morgan, although Morgan might classify the relationship differently in that first episode. So many walkers, so much goop. It's sad what the Clarks go through and are going to go through this season.

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Then Rosita and Daryl took him, and there were things that were stirred up within him. TV Finales Calendar : Here Are 99+ May/June Dates to Save! The Fear the Walking Dead spinoff isn’t a blockbuster hit, but it’s still a very real success, with Sunday’s season four premiere attracting just over 4 million viewers behind the TWD finale. While everyone else seems steely and focused, Morgan is starting to crack up.

But he also tells Dwight to “Find her,” referencing Dwight’s missing wife Sherry. He looks the part, with his trusty hat and his six-shooters. I'm a fan of the shows. I want to be challenged. I like the kind of person who you can rely on. What do you think it is about this newcomer in John's life that draws him to Morgan? But I really dug our fight choreography. It's sad what they went through and what they're trying to find answers to in John Dorie's timeline, anyway.

Maggie/Daryl will be a driving force going into Season 9? But he has Maggie’s back, and this is Negan we’re talking about. And he lost that fight with himself. Big Bang Theory : 11 'Shamy' Wedding Teases (Amy's Parents Unmasked! Weekly post-show Talking Dead also continues to pull strong ratings while costing the network next to nothing to produce. Rick suggests Morgan stay behind but he says he can’t.

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Morgan heads to the trash heaps to find Jadis, whom he tells that Rick has invited her to join their community. Certainly, John Dorie is a far cry from the other character Dillahunt was once associated with in the Walking Dead universe: Negan, the baseball bat-wielding antagonist played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I've watched them pretty regularly from the outset, both of them. When we meet John, he is in a challenging place.

I think there might be a little bit of both of those last two. ( Laughs .) I do think he does like people. You're not going see a lot of [what was shot]. Success certainly came to TWD spinoff Fear the Walking Dead on Sunday with its Season 4 premiere. TVLINE | Of all the people that Rick had killed, why did Negan have to be the one to get a pass? What Maggie has said to Daryl and Jesus was, “The Hilltop is going to flourish… I’m going to lead this place and make it work.

TVLINE | Dwight has a huge role going forward in the comics. Surprise [Spoiler]! AMC also used its zombie pals to recruit an audience for new historical drama The Terror, premiering the show behind a TWD episode last month before moving it to Monday night. He tells Rick that the two of them are now worse than they used to be because they have lost everything good in their lives. Turns out they didn’t need to stay, as Aaron has led the women of Oceanside to the rescue.

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As comfortable as he might be, being alone, or as capable as he is of surviving that way, he might not even realize   how much he has missed human contact and companionship. There just wasn't time, they cut a lot out. Debuting directly after the TWD  finale and facing the mega-hyped 20/20 sit-down with former FBI boss James Comey on ABC, the Kim Dickens l-d Fear brought in 4.1 million viewers.

But after that, I have this little thing on my to-do list, and it has to do with Negan.” That’s the main thing. Would [killing Negan] be Jesus’ first choice? Where would you put the odds of him coming back — possibly with Sherry? Most Commented 1 American Idol Recap : Top 10 Revealed! Again, none of this glass-half-full thinking should suggest the ratings decline for TWD is irrelevant or unimportant.

Rick and Negan fight, but Rick tells Negan that it doesn’t have to be this way, that Carl didn’t want it to be this way. At the Hilltop, Alden offers to help Maggie build up the community with the book left to them by Georgie. In an alternate universe, however, Dillahunt was the actor who brought Lucille down upon Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) way back when. It's like you willed this into existence.

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I don’t know. Odds… Hmm. Copyright © 2018 TVLine Media, LLC. Some TWD watchers think AMC is aware of the need for new creative energy on the show, noting its recent promotion of showrunner Scott Gimple to a new role overseeing the entire TWD universe. Eugene helps the preparations by delivering the shipment of bullets he promised Negan. Negan lets his guard down for just a moment to hear what Rick has to say, only for Rick to slash his throat with a piece of broken glass.

Instead, he's carving his own way forward as John Dorie, a role that executive producer Scott M. I'm not sure I remember a ton of specifics, but I do remember him checking in quite a while after the whole Negan thing. I don't know if it was any different than preparing for any other role. Is this guy simple?" And they're like, "No, he's not simple." Because I thought, "How do I not see this?

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He turns to find his people and the captive Saviors watching. She decides they will build up Hilltop and bide their time until they can show Rick how wrong he is. Fear the Walking Dead has been surrounded in secrecy due to the creative reset. I wish I could relay to you verbally the expression on his face, just the sort of bemused thing as I was talking to him about Negan. I learned the lines. How do I not know that?" But I think he's just innocent.

Well, I knew that there were going to be some time changes going on. Gimple, Season 9 of Walking Dead is expected to debut this fall. He just determined in that moment that he had to after crossing the line that he did, invoking his son’s name as a ploy. Make no mistake, no one is getting in front of Maggie to stop her. And [in his mind, the question would be,] is this about killing an innocent, or is this about what Maggie sees as justice or even neutralizing a danger?

Among adults under 50, the show drew 4.4 million viewers (a 3.4 rating), also the lowest in six years. I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. This will convince Rick that the false intel he got from Dwight is legitimate, which Negan hopes to cement even further by giving his men a fake map with more battle plans. Rick tells the captives that they will all go home, and that Negan’s way of doing things is now over.

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Well, you're going to learn a lot about John pretty soon into this series. I don't know how many choices you'd have in the apocalyptic kind of situation of companions. I think there has been every season, some slight jumps in time as the two worlds get closer together. Later this week comes the Live+3 numbers for both the TWD and Fear , which is where AMC puts its real money. After doing that, he felt he had to.

TVLINE | Let’s talk about Eugene for a moment. I think what’s exciting about next season is, just by virtue of the narrative, the story evolves a great deal. What’s most important to keep in mind about TWD is that, even in its somewhat diminished state, the series remains one of the biggest hits on television. Don’t worry. In the car, Gabriel waits for the car to slow to avoid hitting a walker to leap from the vehicle.

Rick and Michonne tell him that they are keeping him alive and locked up to serve as a reminder to all that they are building a civilization of law and order. And there's so many here, you know? I don't know if that's really ever gonna happen..." But I imagine that on his face every time now. I like to get involved, maybe to everyone's chagrin — like, "I don't know if this is the best place to have this scene." I have a lot of input.

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We’re talking about that, and we will be telling peeps what’s up with all that soon. At what point did he decide he was going to sabotage the Saviors? From the things said in the finale, there’s a bigger ambition now, a bigger thing that they’re chasing. Yes, that’s a significant decline — even in this, the era of perpetual ratings erosion. You already have an account registered under .

Rosita asks Eugene if he sabotaged the bullets, which he admits. The season finale closes with Rick writing his own letter to Carl, flashing back to a day the two spent walking in the countryside when Carl was just a boy. They're like, "Oh, don't say that, oh no, you can't say that!" So I'm excited for it to come out. But you were happy with the vision. But everyone is civil and it's under the umbrella of we're all trying to make this thing as good as it can be.

But if they could also be nice people to hang out with, that'd be great. It's easy from John Dorie's standpoint, because he has never met them. Samuel L. Along the way, we kick around each iteration [of an arc]. But obviously, we’re going to do something. It had seemed like he was all-in with them. It isn’t just regular, everyday survival, which they’ve become quite adept at.

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Eugene catches up with him and threatens to kill him before Negan arrives. He played along with the Saviors in order to defeat them. Copyright 2017 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. I'm excited to find out what people think. Well, I didn't want to just show up. But I've never done any trick shooting before. I don't know how you operate, but there are all of these unspoken things about being a man in this world, aren't there?

He doesn't have anything to compare them to. Time Warner Q1 Operating Income Slips; HBO Gains Offset Warner Bros. But really, from the inception of the story, I knew I wanted to emulate the comic. TVLINE | Tell me about Jesus’ reaction to Maggie’s plan to show Rick and Michonne how wrong they are to keep Negan alive. I think he had had a conflict about it that he didn’t like.

TV among adults under 50. We're sorry. Rick and his team march onward toward the crest of a hill, where they see what appears to be a giant walker herd off in the distance. Rosita is grateful, but still gives him a shot to the jaw for throwing up in her in the last episode. Have a tip? I'm nervous about that, but excited at the same time because we worked our asses off and I'm pretty proud of it.

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I've had to handle a lot of weapons in my career but I've never had to do any tricks like that. What is that, and what does that mean? A living, breathing human being!" But also: "Oh, and you're cool too? But as far as me? Copyright © 2018 Penske Business Media, LLC. Yeah, there was no warning Maggie, because there was no warning for Rick himself. Jesus seemed cool with it.

So, are you looking forward to Season 9? It’s now possible ABC’s short-run sitcom revival (which will air eight weeks this season, versus 16 for TWD ) will end up with that No. You must confirm your registration within 48 hours of submitting your registration request. His troops appear and prepare to fire. Things aren’t so rosy between Dwight and Daryl, however. Your name is often thrown out when fans start putting dream casts together.

So I did spend a lot of time on that. I think those are starting to be redefined, but shame is a big key for me; desire to take care of, desire to protect. I remember it took all day, most of the episode. A myth. HOLLYWOOD™ & Design © 2018 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He couldn’t open the door to it till he invoked Carl’s words to get the opportunity to cut Negan’s throat.