The victims of The Walking Dead's latest twist are speaking out following their shock decapitation at the hands of the Whispers. After the bloodbath of Season 9's penultimate episode, the stars are breaking their silence on what it feels like to leave AMC's hit series.
Pulling directly from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's comic series of the same name, The Walking Dead held its very own Red Wedding and the biggest casting cull in the show's history. While comic book victims Ezekiel and Rosita were saved from having their heads on a pike, Henry, Enid and Tara weren't so lucky.
Speaking at this year's Walker Stalker Con London (via Comic Book), Matthew Lintz (Henry), Katelyn Nacon (Enid) and Alanna Masterson (Tara) opened up about their gruesome goodbyes.
“I mean, it’s just really heartwarming, because of all the amazing messages we’ve all gotten on social media and here at the convention has been really great,” said Lintz. “As actors and actresses it’s something we want, not to make you cry obviously, but just to convey emotion, it’s been really good
Nacon revealed what it was like to have been part of The Walking Dead for five years and admitted she'd learned a lot.
“I came on so young too, so I got to grow up with this too, and meet so many great people," Nacon said, And my thing I’ll miss the most is the cast and the fans of this show are such amazing people, and the crew, everyone is just so kind, and without them my life would be completely different. So I’m very grateful for this and for everyone that has cared about this show and cared about me, and yeah, it’s so sweet to see all your guys’ reactions. Even if they are sad, it’s nice to see that we’re having an emotional connection with you guys, because as actors that’s one thing we really, really strive to do.”
Finally, Masterson spoke about what it meant to her playing a prominent LGBTQ+ character like Tara and the positive response fandom has had toward her. “Because you go, ‘Oh, I actually meant something to these people.’" Critics have been most vocal about Masterson's departure and have pointed to the "Bury Your Gays" trope after the departure of Tom Payne's Jesus in the midseason finale.
The landscape of The Walking Dead will be very different as Angela Kang takes the show in a new direction.
"I’m really excited for what the rest of the series is with the new guys, they’re gonna have such cool storylines, and everybody’s just gonna keep making the show as great as it’s been," Masterson continued. "It’s really sad, we all found out very suddenly, so it’s definitely heartbreaking for sure, but the future is bright, so that’s cool.”
Despite ratings continuing to drop across Season 9, Kang has lived up to her promise to reinvent The Walking Dead. As Alpha continues to be the big bad for the time being, Samantha Morton has set the precedent for being one of the show's most dangerous villains and given The Walking Dead one of is most memorable episodes ever.
The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nadia Hilker, Dan Fogler, Angel Theory, Lauren Ridloff and Eleanor Matsuura. The series returns for its 10th season on AMC in October.