October 20, 2017

Moments before they shoot their heart-rending death scenes

Former star Merritt Wever, who played Dr. Denise Cloyd, laughs jovially with a fake arrow through her eye - the way the character eventually met her end
The mega-popular zombie series has seen a plethora of characters meet their untimely and grizzly demise over the course of its seven seasons.

And as the eighth run of The Walking Dead prepares to debut next week, new candid images of cast, past and present, have been released showing rare behind-the-scenes snippets from the show's history.
Many feature notable characters that were killed off in gruesome story-lines laughing just moments before they filmed the death scenes.

One shot poignantly shows co-stars Steven Yeun and Michael Cudlitz hugging - presumably before they both shot the scene they met their end when Negan [Jeffrey Dean Morgan] smashed their heads in with his baseball bat Lucille in the much-talked-about season seven premiere. 

Gurira can be seen in another shot where Melissa McBride is behind her, playing a prank on her
Morgan is seen in another shot with Sonequa Martin-Green behind-the-scenes of last year's finale, in which her character Sasha killed herself and turned into a zombie in order to attempt to kill Negan.

In another shot, former star Merritt Wever, who played Dr. Denise Cloyd, laughs jovially with a fake arrow through her eye - the way the character eventually met her end.

Emily Kinney - who portrayed Beth - is seen hugging star of the series Andrew Lincoln in a sweet snap ahead of her character's tragic demise in the infamous hospital scene of season five.

Another image sees Danai Gurira and Lincoln having a water fight with Greg Nicotero, one of the special effects teams. 

Gurira can be seen in another shot where Melissa McBride is behind her, playing a prank on her.
Chandler Riggs sits on a roof top chatting happily to his Carl stunt double, while on-screen sister Judith [who has been portrayed by 16 child actresses to date] is seen lovingly playing with a crew member, in the arms of actor Norman Reedus.

Carl and Judith's father, played by Lincoln, is snapped in various candid images with the cast.

Some show him covered in blood, clean-saven, from an earlier season, while others see him kicking back with the likes of Yeun and Reedus.

One of the nastiest scenes is painted in very different light - with actors David Morrissey and Scott Wilson enjoying a joke as they rehearse the moment The Governor beheaded Hershel.

Another image shows one of the photographers responsible for the behind-the-scenes images, on a roof, watching the actors below.

Actresses Alanna Masterson, Lauren Cohan and Martin-Green take a photo of their own on an iPhone in another of the images.  

Meanwhile, Cudlitz's character is expected to make the jump from The Walking Dead to its sister spin-off show Fear The Walking Dead next season, bringing Sgt Abraham Ford back to our screens.
After years of insisting it would never happen, TWD creator Robert Kirkman confirmed at New York Comic Con earlier this month that a crossover between the two shows was imminent — but didn't specify any further details.

'There are two Walking Dead shows: One character is going to go from one show that I will not name and appear on another show that I will not name,' he cryptically revealed.
Shortly afterward, Cudlitz tweeted: 'Crazy sh** is about to go down. See y'all on the other side.'

The 52-year-old fan favourite made a huge impact when he was introduced in season four of The Walking Dead, thanks to his his bizarre catchphrases and one-liners. 

There are logistical problems to crossovers between the two shows: they are primarily set on opposite coasts of the United States in a world where travel is not as easy as it used to be.

Also - the timelines are not parallel, with the later-starting FTWD set before TWD.

However in Sunday's Fear The Walking Dead finale, villain Proctor John (Ray McKinnon) revealed his intention to sail to Houston, which is where Abraham was based before he crossed paths with Rick Grimes and co.

While there are many theories on which character will make the crossover, most fans believe Proctor will encounter Abraham in his pre-The Walking Dead storyline.

AMC hopes that loyal followers of the massively popular original show will crossover with Cudlitz and give the smaller sister show a ratings boost.

Where TWD started at 5million US viewers back in 2010, it now attracts between 10million and 17million per episode.

FTWD meanwhile started with a high initial interest of 10million viewers for the first pilot episode in 2015, but never regained that height again, slipping to an average of just above 2million viewers per episode in the most recent season three.

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