THE WALKING DEAD: Sarah Wayne Callies Discusses The Events Of last Night's Shocking Episode
The fourth episode of the third season of AMC's The Walking Dead was by far the most harrowing, brutal ep of the show so far. Not only did we have to witness T-Dog being torn apart by walkers, but Lori's death soon after that as she decides to sacrifice her own life for that of her child's, and has Maggie perform a fatal c-section. Her emotional goodbye to her son Carl must have had even the staunchest Lori haters reaching for the tissues. Entertainment Weekly caught up with actress Sarah Wayne Callies to get her thoughts on what went down in a lengthy interview. Here is the opening excerpt in which she reveals how she found out that she was to be killed off, and discusses her feeling about it..
If you haven't seen last night's episode entitled "Killer Within" yet, obviously it's advised that you stop reading now as the following article will contain massive SPOILERS. For those that have, read on for Callies' thoughts on finding out what was going to happen..
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about how you first learned that Lori was going to die?
SARAH WAYNE CALLIES: Well, I was at home and had just gotten off the phone for an interview, and I’d just come back from Thailand. I had gone to work at a refugee camp there for a little bit. I was stumbling through this interview because my head was not at all anywhere near the television show. The last question, she said, “Are you afraid to be killed off the show?” I said, “Absolutely not.” She said, “That’s confident.” I said, “Oh no, I’m confident it will happen, but I’m not worried about it.” You don’t take a job in acting at all expecting 25 years in and a pension. You certainly don’t take a job on a show called The Walking Dead knowing your character gets iced in the book and think, I’m safe. Frank Darabont and I argued about this several times, because he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to get rid of Lori. I fought with him about it. I said, “You have to. Lori’s death does something to Rick that you cannot do any other way. Eventually, you’re going to have to do it.
We kicked that can down the road, and ultimately it ended up being on someone else’s watch. So I hung up the phone. Put it down. And then the phone rang again. I picked it up, and he goes, “Hey, it’s [showrunner] Glen Mazzara.” And I go, “Hey, what can I do for you?” And he said, “I wish I had the time to say this right, but I’m in the car on the way to the airport because my mother is on her deathbed. And I wanted you to hear it from me — you’re being killed off the show.” Then there was a pause. And he said, “What do you think?” I said, “How’s your mom?” He said, “What?” I said, “How’s your mom?” He started explaining some of the circumstances, and I said, “How are you?” And there was a long pause and he goes, “Did you hear me?” I said “Yeah, I heard you. I’m sure I’ll have a bunch of emotions about it, but it’s a television show, and your mother is dying. So how are you?” And so it was a really interesting, bizarre way of hearing the news. Before we got off the phone, I said, “Listen, Glen, I’m a big girl. I’ve been doing this for a while. This is fine. I loved this show. I poured my heart and soul into this show. I will pour it in until the very last frame. But I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to pitch a fit. You’re doing what’s best for the show. And thank you for calling me on the way to the airport.” That could have gone down real differently. And I wouldn’t have blamed him at all if he had someone else call me."
Fans of the Walking Dead comic series will have known that Lori most likely had a date with destiny coming up sooner or later, but this had to have been much sooner than anyone expected. How do you guys feel about how she checked out? And the fact that her baby would seem to have been spared...for now! For the full interview be sure to click the link back to EW below.
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