‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner on the finale scene you didn’t see

But it was a lovely scene that kind of did. That scene in my mind   absolutely   did   happen in the show. It’s actually a very flummoxing sort of part of this. In that teaser. I also knew that Holly was very much a victim of Negan   in the book. Those guys face to face. The purpose of it changed. But we knew where we were ending, more or less, from early on. It might have changed. And all this stuff was flowing together. I think there are a lot of scenes that go on that we don’t see. Show Full Article I was thrilled with it. And I love that Eugene and Sasha were playing off each other. Was Sasha’s fate sealed the second you decided that Abraham’s fate was sealed? I would say the difference was always going to be there when we finally made it with certainty on Sasha’s fate. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You had the flashbacks with Abraham, you had Maggie’s big speech about Glenn and the decision he made back at the end of the first episode to save Rick and how that set everything in motion. We had somewhat of an idea where it was going to end. This was sort of a long scene and it wasn’t 100 percent necessary, but I really did like it and I believe it will be included as part of the deleted scenes. Gimple to get the inside scoop on the episode, including the importance of Rick’s stand against Negan, how a Fear the Walking Dead episode took a classic comic moment “off the table,” and intel on a scene that was filmed for the finale but did not make the final cut. Did any of those changes have to do with the fact that Fear The Walking Dead already used that zombie prisoner exchange stunt from the comic? We knew we had this Eugene story that was independently   predicated   on poisoning   Negan. [The Fear episode] sort of took it off the table, but I don’t know if so much of what was happening in that moment was changing anyways. I wouldn’t have been surprised if more had changed beyond that as well. The Walking Dead ended its seventh season with a bang — several hundred actually, thanks to all the firefights going on throughout Alexandria as five different communities engaged in all-out war. I was thrilled with what [director] Greg Nicotero did with the episode as well. Sonequa [Martin-Green] and I were talking about that from the beginning of the year that it was definitely a possibility. Also follow @DaltonRoss on Twitter for all the latest Walking Dead updates. And that’s where the whole season basically started. I always love hearing if there was anything that   didn’t   make the episode. Maybe in the   future,   we’ll be doing ensemble shows where we do all 18 characters and take a deep dive. Because they’re completely different characters. We spoke to showrunner Scott M. Every year it’s been incredibly satisfying to reach the end of the circle, which in this case, some of the most powerful stuff in the finale had to do with Sasha and Maggie at the end of the premiere. This was already an hour and a half episode. I’m a Savior!” I mean, they’re complete and total opposites, and yet they’re friends. I will say that it was a big moment for the book that we weren’t going to do once it was done. You just didn’t see it. There is a lovely scene with Rick and Carl with Michonne and I’m hoping I put it in the deleted scenes. When you have an ensemble show and you want to have beginnings and middles and ends of each character’s story, you could easily tell those. And I will say, that all that stuff is floating around in our head about how that’s going to change. And I don’t feel we needed to set it up. SCOTT M. And   on   Fear, it was something out of desperation —   didn’t have a choice but to do it that way. GIMPLE: Oh,   believe me, I’m all about the circles. And I think about that a lot. In the   book,   Holly is basically an ambush. Even more so than other season finales you guys have done, this one really was all about things coming full circle, wasn’t it? Obviously some pretty big changes with the Sasha thing in terms of what happened to Holly in the comics. At the very least, we knew what her story was going to be. We didn’t have   every   single piece locked down, but we have what the pieces are going to be. [Laughs] Maybe every episode. So much of it was predicated on   Negan   using Sasha as leverage. That sets up that moment a little bit between Rick and Negan. I’m pretty sure I did. There was a lot going on as Sasha sacrificed herself to attack Negan (unsuccessfully) as a zombie, the Scavengers turned on the Alexandrians, Rick stood up to Negan with a vicious threat, and the Kingdom and Hilltop soldiers showed up in the nick of time to drive off the Saviors. And that wouldn’t be the case here. Andy’s performance was spectacular. Exactly. You have one character that is sacrificing herself to strike a blow against the Saviors, and you have another guy who’s like, “Cool. A lot of story strands came together in really cool ways I felt. I think for a lot of people the moment of the episode was Rick’s speech back to Negan where he gets right in his face and says, “You’re all already dead.” We talked about the bookends earlier, but is this the ultimate example of: Here’s where we were, and here’s where we are now? It was strictly about time. There’s always room for unsealing or mixing up plans. But the story was about Sasha getting the final word. Was there anything notable that you either filmed or talked at some point about having in the finale that did not make the final episode? But at the very least, you regret deeply that this is going to be a big part of Sasha’s story, the loss of Abraham and the thirst   of   revenge and making the world right, her journey throughout that whole thing, who that made her, and also her being there for Maggie, and yet having this other agenda. It’s just a factor of time and also wanting to also keep things moving along and not overload the audience with information. Just so wonderful and powerful and emotional. That it was her choice. It was in the mix. I think I try to do that with every finale. And I could have followed any one of those characters throughout the whole day. So that butterfly effect sort of took things further. [Laughs]

  Make sure to also read our Q&A with finale director Greg Nicotero and keep an eye out for interviews with other key cast members. Read on for more and also make sure to check out our interview with finale director Greg Nicotero. This was something that Sasha was doing. Certainly, the circumstances behind it changed.