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The Walking Dead Q&A – Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha)

Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about her apocalypse weapon of choice and saying goodbye to Bob.

Q: How concerned are you about the fate of your character? Did you think you were a goner when Sasha got the virus?

A: [Laughs] This show is so interesting and is really a learning experience for all of us. It makes us all better actors, artists, people and professionals in general because you’re forced to just live in the moment. You can’t think too far ahead. It’s such a blessing and you have to take it one day and one script at a time. That becomes ingrained in you and you’re OK with what may happen because you’re just grateful for what has come. It was funny dealing with the fans on Twitter who all thought I was going to die. If I said, “I’m hanging out on a lazy Sunday afternoon,” they’d say, “Aww, is that because you don’t have to go to work tomorrow?”

Q: Sasha has to say goodbye to Bob in Episode 503. Was this a tough episode to shoot?

A: It was the most challenging episode that I had ever shot, both physically and emotionally. It was a roller-coaster, but it was so rich. While it was really hard, it was also amazing. I’m grateful I got through it.

Q: Have you and Lawrence (Gillard Jr.) gotten closer as Sasha and Bob’s relationship deepened?

A: Lawrence and I were really cool off the bat. He’s such a cool guy and is such a seasoned actor. He has a lot to offer. You never have to try [with him]. As you work together, organically, you get closer. All of us get closer whether we try or not. I do think our friendship deepened over the course of those first three episodes.

Q: You come across a new type of walker pretty early-on this season: the sewage walkers at the food bank. Which walker get-up has been most frightening to you so far?

A: I always used to say the Well Walker from Season 2 just in terms of grossness, but not anymore. Oh God, those sewage walkers! They were so disgusting. I mean, their faces were falling off. We were all raving about what the makeup and video departments were able to do with those guys. My favorite walker is actually the torso walker [Bicycle Girl] from the pilot because it’s just so symbolic.

Q: You’ve used a variety of weapons to take down walkers, including a pointy walking stick. What’s been your favorite so far?

A: I love melee weapons, but I have to say my machine gun. How can you not love your machine gun? That’s Sasha’s baby.

Q: Is that the weapon you’d want during an apocalypse?

A: That’s my weapon of choice. That’s Sasha’s weapon of choice. A machine gun, please. Thank you.

Q: Bob and Sasha play the Silver Linings game. Can you list any positive aspects of a zombie apocalypse? What’s the silver lining for Sasha in Bob’s death, do you think?

A: I think you can make the best out of any situation. At least, you can attempt to. So, I would say the good thing about the apocalypse would probably be the simplification of life. Suddenly, it’s about the basic needs and people aren’t worried about tweeting and running to CVS. Now, it’s food, water, shelter and family. Sasha doesn’t see a silver lining, at least not yet. Bob’s death was a big heartbreak for Sasha, especially because she was so resistant to opening up in the first place. In the midst of her sadness and grief is humiliation, just for letting herself go there and for not being able to be the one to take him out.

Q: Do you think heartbreak is even more painful during an apocalypse?

A: It absolutely is. It’s just the saddest thing because all you have is each other at this point. Your security is always so challenged. When you lose each other, what else is there? Sasha did learn a lot from Bob. She learned how to entertain hope and how to connect with people. Something Bob would always teach her is you can’t just survive. You have to live and you have to open up to people. She had started to really take his lead on that. Maybe if there is a silver lining, that’s something she’d realize later.

Q: Sasha is probably the most skeptical about Terminus among all the characters. Did it feel good to find out how right she was? 

A: [Laughs] Well, I know it’s not necessarily something you celebrate, but it encouraged her way of thinking. That’s only going to push her further into the way she does things with her practical behavior and make her more confident. She was wary of the Governor as well and ended up being right. You can’t blame her.

Q: In reference to Sasha, Gareth says, “Pretty people taste better.” What’s the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? Does this one take the cake?

A: I have heard some crazy ones, but I certainly laughed out loud when I read that in the script. There’s no way I could be flattered by that.

Read an interview with Andrew J. West, who plays Gareth on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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