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The Walking Dead Season 1 Cast Interviews


You’d think that between the sweltering heat, the grueling production schedule and the hordes of nightmarish undead extras, just about anyone could play a convincing survivor. You’d be wrong. Throughout Season 1, interviewed the talented cast who brought The Walking Dead‘s complex characters to life. Click on the links below to revisit these chats in their entirety, and see for yourself just how much goes into portraying the last vestige of humanity in a zombie apocalypse.

• “They’re very ordinary folk but they’re the survivors and it asks that question: How far away have we gone? How sanitized have we become? How out of contact with the land have we become? I’d probably be useless.” — Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes)

• “We’re trying to create a world here where at any second you could get eaten by a f—ing walker. I think it helps, as an actor, to never know when you’re going to get that next script and you’re done.” — Jon Bernthal (Shane)

• “[The audience is] not going to like me for a while, or at least they may not, and I don’t blame them… You meet her neck deep in some very questionable decisions that she spends the rest of the series paying for.” — Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes)

• “I’ve had quite a few nightmares about being chased by walkers. I think it was so violent and emotionally upheaving doing that scene with Emma that I had a lot of disturbing dreams about that whole incident.” — Laurie Holden (Andrea)

• “When he was taking a bite, I could feel it. Obviously, my skin was protected but you could feel the pressure of him and you could feel this river of blood come dripping down my side and that was enough to make me have a conniption, really.” — Emma Bell (Amy)

• “The [Atlanta] heat was interesting because in the end I think it was a unifying force. Everybody was in it; there wasn’t a person there that wasn’t in this incredible heat. We looked after each other.” — Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale)

• “It was not hard to believe what was going on. It didn’t smell like what guts probably would, thank God, or I would have totally yakked… All I know is it looks ridiculously real. The moment we had it on us, Andy [Lincoln] and I looked at each other in absolute disgust.” — Steven Yeun (Glenn)

• “I’m a lot like Carl — his personality, and of course I look like him. I’m like a clear picture out of the book. I’ve heard a lot of people say that.” — Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes)

• “I hope I’m never in that situation… My mind is so much in the character that I played, and how far he has to go and the things that he faces. I hope that I am smart enough and brave enough to hold on to being a non-zombie as long as humanly possible.” — Lennie James (Morgan)

• “Someone said it was measuring 130 degrees on the rooftop. When I get cuffed and I am up there? Sitting on that rooftop was like being in an oven, and we were out there all day for several days.” — Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon)

• “I’m sort of like this pet snake: somebody that is around all the time and works with all these people, but he might snap at any second.” — Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon)

• “You know what’s interesting? Maybe before this she was scheming to get away from [Ed]. How horrible if she was ready to do that, to grab that moment, and then this happened.” — Melissa McBride (Carol)

• “There are repercussions for your actions and to purposely leave Merle Dixon on that roof would be wrong. There’s a great possibility that I could go down those stairs and get eaten by a walker just because of that.” — IronE Singleton (T-Dog)

• “I’m actually pretty scientifically interested. I have a lot of friends who are doctors, so the idea of the virus and the synapses in the brain and how the nervous system works was actually all pretty familiar to me.” — Noah Emmerich (Dr. Jenner)

• “I am not the type of person that would be willing to be left by a tree. GET ME TO THE CDC PEOPLE. LET’S GO! STEP ON IT! I’ve always been one to try and find a way out.” — Andrew Rothenberg (Jim)

• “I really considered it to be an honor, going out in a flame of glory like that. And the fact that it wasn’t a bite. It had more to do with a larger philosophical consideration of quality of life.” — Jeryl Prescott (Jacqui)

Click here to see a roundup of the crew interviews from Season 1.

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