- An epic battle of ‘Game of Thrones’ proportions awaits the anticipated season finale of ‘The Walking Dead’
As the premiere of the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead remains in question, the cast and crew hype fans that it will be worth the wait. Norman Reedus tells Entertainment Weekly, “It’s going to be an epic battle,” and adds, “it’s like a full-on Game of Thrones super war battle”.
Reedus describes the final episode as one that stretched the characters, but also the actors who play them and the crew. “It was a lot of fun to shoot,” he comments, “but we really pushed the crew and pushed the actors on that one. Everyone really had to dig deep because… talk about exhausting episodes! There were huge battle scenes until the wee hours of the morning consistently, and it looks so grand on an epic scale. Those battle scenes are going to be legendary.”
“They really stick it to us on that show,” Reedus says. “But it always pays off. This show will go down in history. And I feel like every time we get to a finale or even a mid-season finale, we could be in over our heads, but there’s a confidence there and everybody really brings it.”
The zombie thriller had to abruptly conclude its tenth season with episode 15 on Sunday, April 5 due to the novel coronavirus. Its scheduled episode 16 and season finale for April 12 was postponed indefinitely. A twitter post from the show’s official account states that “The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year.”
Greg Nicotero, director and producer of The Walking Dead, spoke with EW Live on why the final installment of the series would not air as planned, despite being filmed in November 2019, prior to the pandemic disruption. Nicotero explains that each episode requires extensive post-production, “You have to edit the episode, then you do sound effects, and then you do music, and then visual effects, and then color timing to make sure all the colors in all the scenes match, and then you have to do a quality check to make sure nothing is messed up. So, there are all these steps that have to happen, and generally speaking, the way our production schedule works is those happen up to about three weeks before the episode airs.”
“So, we were really on our way to the finish line when things started slowing down because of the stay at home work order,” Nicotero explains. “So, we just missed that window. It wasn’t that the effects were delayed or anything was delayed. It was just the delivery of the episode was set to be delivered at a specific date and we had to shut down before they hit that date.”
The zombie thriller’s showrunner, Angela Kang, teased that whenever the finale will air, “We will see more of the epic conflict we’ve been witnessing all season”. “It’s going to be a big massive episode,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan told EW on what is to come for the delayed season to premiere, while episode director Greg Nicotero added, “It’s a really amazing episode. I love the way episode 15 ends where you see Beta bringing the herd to the tower where everybody is holed up. There’s a lot teed up, so to speak.”