The Walking Dead: Tovah Feldshuh reveals the ideas she pitched to try and …

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The Walking Dead: The Monsters Inside.

Once the walkers made their way through the broken-down walls of Alexandria, it was clear that not everyone would make it out alive, and the character of Deanna Monroe happened to draw the short straw, as Deanna was bit while attempting to help Rick flee from the oncoming herd.The two-minute clip, which aired after the mid-season finale titled Start To Finish, showed Negan’s biker gang The Saviours as they confront Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Sergeant Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green) near Alexandria. “What in the holy s***…?” said Abraham, as the road was blocked by the eight-strong group of heavily armed bikers, as the leader threatened the surviving trio to “come on out, join us on the road.” He said on spin-off The Talking Dead: “We’ll be finding out a lot more about the Saviours, Negan’s group, soon.Every week for the sixth season of AMC’s post-apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead, Lenika Cruz and David Sims will discuss the latest threat—human, zombie, or otherwise—to the show’s increasingly hardened band of survivors. Feldshuh reveals what was in those notes for Spencer and Maggie, the different types of takes that filmed for her last scene with Andrew Lincoln, and the alternate story lines she pitched showrunner Scott M.

Gimple to keep Deanna alive. (Click though through both pages to read the entire interview.) TOVAH FELDSHUH: He was incredibly respectful and he felt compelled to give me quite a bit of notice. I don’t demand a high body count from this show, but killing off Deanna does not count as a major development, and Alexandria getting overrun by zombies was a flat conclusion to a mostly exciting run of episodes.

In a teaser promo for the second half of the season, Daryl (Norman Reedus), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) are driving down the road, minding their own business, when they happen upon a group of bikers brandishing weapons. I loved the format of this half-season—in total, encompassing two or three days of action—but I figured there’d be more of an eye on the future in this episode. He notably kills Glenn Rhee within moments of meeting him, and after show favorite Glenn (Steven Yeun) barely survived this season on the TV series, fans are obviously wary of this new baddie. To briefly recap: The church tower collapsed on Alexandria’s wall, allowing zombies to pour into the town, and this somehow led to a lot of scenes where characters had philosophical debates while glancing furtively out of a window. Though we have not seen him on the screen yet, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast in the sadistic role, and it’s clear we’ll see him in February when the show returns.

Carol and Morgan came to blows over the fate of their Wolf prisoner, with Morgan refusing to kill him and Carol’s dark side tipping towards unreasonable violence. The closing moments were a weird throwback to the show’s first season, with Rick and company donning zombie guts to sneak by the invading foes, a trick that they should honestly pull all the time, since it’s so incredibly effective. Tovah Feldshuh is a wonderful actress, and she did a lot with the role, but the character seemed marked for death after she tried to kill a zombie by stabbing it in the chest a few weeks back. Since she didn’t represent a philosophical threat to Rick—in fact, she wouldn’t shut up about how much she agreed with everything he was doing—she served no logical purpose to the show.

In the other corner, there was Carol, whose basic argument is sound (these guys are crazy and they need to die) but whose execution is a little lacking. This is what he felt was best for the series and I could not convince him otherwise, so now my sentence is, “Who do I have to sleep with to be in a flashback?” I thought she should try to interconnect the various pods of humanity. I wanted Rick to be my brawn, to be my Colin Powell, to be my great general, and I wanted to be the political brains behind a building web linking one decent community to another, even if it was just a dozen people. Last year’s mid-season finale, “Coda,” also felt like a dud—and it had way more action than “Start to Finish,” resolving the Slabtown plotline and offing a major character (Beth). She wants to infuse into Michonne the fact that she must carry on this legacy of the possibility of a sane civilization returning to the planet Earth, which is now drowning in blood and negative forces and evil.

But it was—the show indeed ended on a slow-motion scene of the Alexandrians covered in zombie guts, clasping hands and walking through a sea of zombies, because they too are the monsters. The cold open was very eerie, very Blue Velvet, with the “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” playing and the ants swarming Sam’s uneaten cookie. (A little heavy-handed? The only other thing I could have done, which I didn’t think of until last night, was to jump out the window, and have them eat me alive and distract them from Rick and his mighty band, who escape by wearing the guts of other human beings on ponchos. She says, “I’ll do it myself” and we see her with the gun to her head, but why then does she not take herself out and instead gets up to shoot and scream at the approaching zombies? And it’s better even if you only have five bullets left in your gun barrel to kill five walkers and five of the enemy and sacrifice herself, because clearly we believe she would get mauled.

As you noted, David, for an episode populated by thousands of terrifying zombies, the show found far too much time for sentimental bedside/window-side chats. I groaned (not even inwardly) when I realized that the tower’s collapse was simply a ruse designed to drive all these characters indoors to work out their issues with one another. So she starts as the politico, and — in the last minutes of her life — becomes the warrior that she needs to be with a valiant fight for the survival of the human race. She does the very best she can, like the great Marines climbing to the top of the hill, knowing they’re going to die, but still killing the enemy on their way up.

I say vaguely dramatic because not a single viewer could have seriously considered the possibility that she and her baby would be eaten by walkers—especially not after the show couldn’t stomach keeping Glenn dead. Or it goes extra myopic, busying itself with the most banal moments of its characters’ lives without bothering to imbue those with a new or greater purpose.

And yet I’m glad this Alexandria storyline is ostensibly over, in the same way I was relieved when the prison arc wrapped for good, after weeks of being stretched out. If the short prologue from the midseason premiere is any indication, Darryl, Abraham, and Sasha won’t make it to Alexandria any time soon, at least not in time to help anyone with those RPGs. So I tell my son to be wise, to listen and learn, and to always remember the four principles: always try your best, keep your word impeccably, presume nothing, and nothing is personal.

And what I wrote to Maggie is that this is her chance to step up to the plate, to become me as much as she can in terms of her belief of due process of law. And though the physical entity of Alexandria may or may not go up in smoke, the principles that I brought to bear in Alexandria I believe will go forth.

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