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‘Walking Dead’ Boss Answers Our Biggest Questions: What’s Next for Rick, Where’s Maggie & More! (Exclusive)

The Walking Dead answers are here!

After examination Rick Grimes’ last “curveball” partial on Sunday night, and conference a news that Andrew Lincoln will be starring in 3 TWD TV movies, we still had a lot of questions about a favorite zombie-killing drama.

So ET called adult Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang and asked her a many blazing questions for a series: How prolonged have these Walking Dead cinema been partial of a plan? Have we seen a final of Maggie (Lauren Cohan)? Are a walkers evolving? And since wasn’t Carl (Chandler Riggs) or Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) in any of Rick’s dream sequences?

Read on for all a disdainful scoop…

ET: As a showrunner of The Walking Dead this season, how prolonged have we famous that Andrew Lincoln’s “final episode” would indeed not be a final time that we’ll see Rick Grimes?

Angela Kang: we knew that for a prolonged time. From a time that we knew that we had to write him out, we knew that a devise was to transition him into these other projects, though given that partial is not my realm, it wasn’t for me to pronounce about. Scott Gimple – who was essay these cinema and formulation a enlargement of a universe  – he kind of said, “Okay here’s what we need to have happen: Rick has to go out by drifting off in a helicopter.” He told me what a backstory for a truth of those people are and, while we don’t know all that’s designed for that movie, we were like, “Okay that’s a flattering cold story.” So we were means to start seeding in a things that we indispensable to make certain that a helicopter story was behind and alive in a world, while hopefully carrying a bit of a trick with how he exits a show. So that was a good present that we knew early on and that’s what we were going towards a whole time.

It was so good to see informed faces we haven’t seen in a while come behind into a design with Shane (Jon Bernthal), Hershel (Scott Wilson) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) – was there ever any speak to have Chandler Riggs or Sarah Warne Callies come behind so we could see Carl and Lori?

AK: Actually no and I’ll tell we why: it’s a story reason. It’s not anything that we design fans to indispensably figure out, it’s only partial of a inner logic. We really started diving into this suspicion of something called “the third male phenomenon,” that is something that ordinarily happens to people when they’re on a margin of death, though actually, survive. They infrequently trust they see somebody who they possibly know or somebody they don’t know that appears to assistance them to assistance them survive. It’s like when somebody trapped on a towering in a sleet and a sherpa would come out of nowhere and they’ll swear that this chairman led them down a towering – solely they were never there. So that’s kind of a context we used for these hallucinations and these dreams. Each of those 3 characters kind of give a specific square of a nonplus that he needs to keep going: Shane kind of riles him adult though pulling him towards a heartless bravery that he needs. Hershel represents, like, a prophesy of sky – a place to rest his heart. He’s a father figure to him, he kindly tells him he has to keep going. And Sasha as a infantryman she unequivocally imparts some wisdom, and strategy, and a suspicion of a bigger picture. For us creatively, Lori and Carl were a family he was looking for. They represent a kind of endpoint that he wants to get to, though for a failing male that felt like if we find Lori and Carl, that means it’s time to rest because you found your home, you’re going to die now. We suspicion his mind would not concede him to see those dual since what he’s perplexing to do is keep going for a family he has now that is, we know, all of his friends and Michonne. He has to save them, he can’t stop – and if he were to see Laurie and Carl, he would stop. That’s what we were meditative creatively for since he doesn’t see Carl, though he does hear Lori’s voice for only a moment.

Now, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and a rest of a organisation trust that Rick died since of this explosion. How is this going to impact a organisation relocating forward?

AK: You know this is a large partial of a story going brazen and we consider what I’m unequivocally vehement about is it’s giving us a event to tell a story of care with a characters that are left behind. The story picks adult still 6 years later, Rick’s participation and his change are unequivocally felt in a approach that they possibly try to defend messages that he believed or a approach that they’ve drifted from those things. But that memory is unequivocally most alive and we’ll learn in a issue days that they looked for him, and looked for him. Judith shows adult during a finish of partial five and she’s got her father’s gun, so that came from somewhere. We kind of understanding with characters who were not means to find a closure that they wanted and that’s unequivocally something that weighs on everybody. We’ll see also that Rick was unequivocally many stairs brazen of people in terms of envisioning what a destiny competence be like if they don’t all get it together to work together. He knew that bridge – both metaphorically, though also unequivocally literally – connected these communities, so that’s unequivocally most a partial of a story we tell going brazen and I’m vehement for people to see that.


We’re now 6 years into a destiny and from what we’ve seen, it seems like a walkers are evolving. Can we speak a small bit about that and a new obstacles that a remaining members will be facing?

AK: We’re removing into a unequivocally sparkling tools of a story, we’ll get into the “The Whisperers” storyline from a comic book, that deals with that unequivocally question: Are a walkers evolving? How do we understanding with a hazard that we don’t understand? So there’s unequivocally mystery, and a turn and turns, and a lot of action, fad and suspense. That story, only as it was in a comics, will unequivocally try to compensate loyalty to how brilliantly that was plotted. I’ll contend that this organisation is traffic with a scariest threats they’ve ever had and it’s totally opposite than anything we’ve ever finished on a show.

Let’s speak about Maggie – was that Lauren Cohan’s final episode? Can we speak a small bit about her depart and if we’ll ever see her again.

AK: So that was Lauren’s final shade coming for a season. Lauren is posterior some other smashing opportunities as well, though we are unequivocally committed to try to tell a stories with Maggie, and Lauren is vehement about that as well. That’s all only things that takes some things and time to be worked out. We have a unequivocally transparent suspicion of where Maggie is in a star and what she’s doing and have some things brewing in a minds in terms of what a subsequent story would be that we’d tell, so hopefully that all works out. We’re unequivocally excited, and we’re so absolved to have her for these 5 episodes this deteriorate since we consider she only did positively stellar work. 

There are some who supposed a fact that we were going to say goodbye to Rick Grimes, and now it’s been suggested that Andrew Lincoln will be starring in not one – but 3 new movies. What would we contend to a fans that were prepared to put Rick’s section to rest?

AK: What we wanted to do with a uncover is make it feel like there was some arrange of feeling of conclusion – though in shutting a door, we another non-stop a door. What I’ve listened in a [TWD fan] star is unequivocally sparkling and we consider and we wish it’s things that will rivet a fans. I’ve mostly listened the reaction that people were relieved that they didn’t have to watch Rick die since he’s been such an impulse for so many people and so many millions of fans around a world. we wish people will hurl with us and we have so many good stories with a rest of a expel brazen and we consider that’s a thing to unequivocally concentration on.

The Walking Dead front Sundays during 9 p.m. EST/PST on AMC.