‘Look, that whole episode was hard, and also because I did go through and smack everybody with Lucille at a certain point. Everybody took a hit. All of that was hard. It got to the point where I didn’t want to do it anymore. … Emotionally I was completely drained—all of us were, I would imagine. Andy and I just went through the ringer. It was a hard episode, and having to get there time and time again to do these horrible things… They’re all good people, and I love them—the whole cast—so to keep riding them as hard as I was riding them, in-between takes it was like, god, you’ve got to catch your breath a little bit. It was just so fucking heavy at all times.’
About What Happened On Season 7 Premiere of The Walking Dead
Look, I am just as upset as everyone else about what happened. I loved Glenn so much and I really grew to love Abraham when at first I thought I would get annoyed with him.
Now, let’s talk about some issues this fandom is having right now. First off, people who are demonizing or hating on Daryl. Look, anyone who just saw two of their friends/family member get beat to death in such a brutal way would have a reaction to it. Some cry, some cower, some scream, and some get angry. Daryl is one of the types of people that you hurt his family, he’s going to react. He acts on instinct, he reacts. It’s what humans do, we react. If Rick wasn’t so fucked up in the head at the moment he probably would’ve reacted to, so would Shane, Merle, Abraham. Because that is their character. If you just watched someone beat your brother to death would you not automatically want to kill them? Not only that, but we all know Daryl is going to carry that guilt and psychological damage with him. He’s going to hate himself and despise himself for that for a long time. For those who treat him like he infallible and perfect. He’s not, he’s human. He has problems and shortcomings like everyone else, yes this was an accident but it’s still the consequences of his actions.
This does not mean he needs to be blamed for it because I’m sorry let’s face it he was going to die. In the end we all knew Glenn had to die here. Technically speaking the hit Abraham took is the hit Glenn should have gotten. That was meant for him, but having Abraham die first was a smart move on the writers part because it gives the audience false hope that Glenn will be safe. You can’t deny this fact, even if you hated it (which I did) even though it made you cry and made you sick it was still a smart move. Because it got the reaction they wanted from the audience. I’m sorry but that’s how it works in this industry. Yes it is a fandom community but it is also a creative medium and a job. This is something that people making a living off of. As a cinema major I understand this so I accept and appreciate things like this because I understand the how and the why of the way they do things like this. To keep the thing alive one has to keep up the tension and the suspense, or else the thing dies.
Lastly, yes it was gruesome and horrifying. Yes it was terrible to watch and I doubt I will ever be able to watch that episode ever again but it had to be that way. It had to go down exactly like it did, and be shown exactly like it did. That is how violent and bad Negan is in the comics. That is what he does, they didn’t make it extra gruesome just for the show that is literally just what Negan is. Of course it’s gonna look worse on screen then it would in the comics because the color is deeper, the character is actually moving and alive and personified, and you can actually see and hear it happening. But that is exactly how gruesome it was in the comic. And to those who say that death was disrespectful to them I’m sorry but I have to disagree with you. That death, as violent as it was, was a fitting death. Especially for the two of them. Abraham died like a soldier, he died with defiance in his eyes and posture and a big “fuck you” attitude. He did not cower, he did not cry, he faced death head on and told it to suck his nuts. He couldn’t die to walker or to a measly bullet to the head or knife to the chest. And as for Glenn, well it’s exactly like Steven said, he died thinking of others. He didn’t beg for his life, he didn’t cry for his life, he died thinking of Maggie, of his family. He forced out a last goodbye to put his wife at ease even though it must have been so painful to try and speak and even just think. He couldn’t die to some disease, walker, or person. He couldn’t. That would feel more like you were cheated then this feeling of having something taken from you.
This is the apocalypse. This is the world now. You met men like the Governor and those at Terminus and the Claimers. Bad people exists. Really bad people exists, and if you think for one second that in a world like this that they would not be this nasty, cruel, and inhumane then you’re wrong. Negan is a sick son of a bitch and this within his standards, this is something that he does in this world and it is not gruesome to him. It is how the world works now. Life is pain, life isn’t fair, life can be cruel and gruesome. Sometimes that’s just how life goes.
I’m sorry this went on so long, it was not my intention but I was getting very irritated by some of the comments about the episode.