In part one of our Walker Stalker Con 2016 report we bring you interviews with the cast as they talk to HeyUGuys and assembled press about The Walking Dead season six and a whole lot more…
So Walker Stalker Con 2016 has finished and we have just about made it out unscathed, in a Glenn-like escape, through an almighty herd of hardcore fans. We’ve seen insane cosplay, unnerving make-up artistry and Jon Bernthal looking like he should’ve been cast in The Sopranos.
But the one thing to take away from this weekend is the sheer gargantuan size of the juggernaut that is The Walking Dead. Impressive ratings each and every week are one thing but the cult-like following is another.
The very fact Walker Stalker Con exists is testament to that.
Have you followed Abraham’s path in the comics and how aware of you of what comes up…?
What’s the question behind the question?! “Oh, are you aware that Abraham dies?” [laughs]
Yeah, everybody in the comic book dies. Robert Kirkman said a couple of months ago that he plans to kill the Rick character; he said he won’t make it to the end of the comics.
I don’t know if it’s true or just to make everybody fear that Rick might die. The audience thinks it gets smarter and be like they won’t kill that character.
Bye Hershel! What the hell did the old man with one leg do!?
How is his relationship different with Sasha than Rosita?
I don’t know if we know that yet. That’s one of the things we’re going to find out and hopefully enjoy watching, seeing how it is different. Why would he choose to leave a strong, sexy, beautiful woman? Does he have to choose one over another?
It’s fair to say the character is pretty intense, how do you cope after shooting a particular difficult scene?
For whatever reason that’s a part of me that is extremely accessible, very easily. I can go very quickly into and out of. It’s fun. I can’t explain it and don’t really know, that’s what I do. I am drawn that way [laughs].
So will Abraham’s goatee/fu manchu make it to the end of the season…?
I’ve got another theory on all that stuff.
With the way that Kirkman draws all his characters, everything is in greyscale. He makes it very clear so you know who you are looking at from panel-to-panel. So you move from panel-to-panel you know exactly in your head who you are looking at.
That’s why the hair is pretty much perfect all the time. I get asked how does his hair stay perfect?
Because he is fucking Abraham Ford!
It must be amazing that it is the characters that fans seem to really latch onto…
It all comes down to story and character – that’s the nuts and bolts of it. When you see shows that are very large and very successful that start falling apart, it’s when they start losing character stuff and that whole jumping the shark thing.
That’s why I always really appreciate what they do in Europe, they’ll do a series and if it does well there’s no plans to do the next one until they know it is done well. If it does well, then maybe in two or three years they’ll get the cast back together to do another series.
Because they have something so say, it’s not like the States where it’s this machine with 22 machines and we do less.
They know the stories they want to tell, they’re not making stuff up and when a characters story has been told they get kept. It’s a great way to cycle through new characters, with new perspective and new stories.
The show is constantly renewing itself and staying fresh, as much we hate seeing characters go we love to see the new characters come in. I think the show has a lot of years left in it.