‘The Walking Dead’: Sonequa Martin-Green cried reading the finale script

Do you think there was ever a moment where Sasha, like Eugene, was tempted to turn to the dark side? And I felt that in a way, my journey as Sasha, in the zombie apocalypse, was finding true strength, not pretending to have strength, but actually being strong, and realizing that self-preservation is usually something that you do out of fear. And being able to sacrifice for the greater good is something that you do out of strength. I didn’t have the layers, but they usually do, in the heat and whatnot. I found out a little bit ahead of time. You know, at a time that presents itself to me.”
Yeah, playing double agent there. What was funniest about them was that you couldn’t see anything, and some people had to lead you around, and I always had sympathy for those awesome folks that play the walkers. I had a lot of fun with it, because once it was there you’d sit down in the chair and you go, “Oh man, here we go.” [Laughs]   With the special effects, the guys were so awesome, and we just had a really good time in that trailer. I mentioned this on   Talking Dead, but   it was as if all my roles had led me to that moment. So those guys, they work really, really hard. It sort of lives in the ether where it can’t be described. Those last days of the time that I spent with everyone and being able to look back at all of my time on the show —   just divine. It was just… it was family coming together. And so then he gave me insight into how it was gonna happen. We were so thrilled when found out we would be able to work together again in that capacity because we didn’t think that would ever happen again. The contacts were not as bad as I thought they were gonna be, actually. It’s intangible, and so I would love to be influenced by all of that. The plan didn’t work, but it showed Sasha’s true warrior side, giving up her life in the hope that it would aid her friends in combat. We both thought it was so brilliantly written. Gimple and finale director Greg Nicotero. I think I did. But what he did tell me ahead of time was that it was going to be sacrificial in a sense   and that   it was gonna be very heroic in a sense. But more than the story, I’ll miss everyone — the entire cast, the entire crew, the entire creative team. What are you going miss most? It was really incredible. So I knew it was gonna be great, and when I actually saw it, the day I read the script, I cried, because it was just so powerful. You know, maybe I could be a part of it now, always with the intention of turning —   always with the intention of finding a point of weakness that I could exploit.  

Show Full Article I certainly learned to gamble at this point, but I do still do the math. Make sure to also read our Q&As with showrunner Scott M. And it’s saying goodbye to the legacies that they left behind. It was very lighthearted. And so, I do think it changed   when the suggestion came for me to stick around and being a part of it. We spoke to Sonequa Martin-Green (who has moved on to space, the final frontier, to star in CBS All Access’   Star Trek Discovery) to chat about Sasha’s last stand, and the actress weighed on her last days on set, reuniting with Michael Cudlitz, and whether Sasha ever considered working for Negan. But now I have empathy   because I went through it, and it’s tough to be visually impaired and to have all the [prosthetic] layers on you. You know, we had fun with each other. And that’s definitely what I’ll miss the most. SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN: He was so gracious through the whole process. For a split second, I did consider it, but as a long gain. To see what the sort of heartbeat of their relationship is. And so it was a great opportunity to do that, and just to be lost in my thoughts. I’m gonna miss the story. What was what your zombie experience like? I had a lot of fun with it. All of it sort of comes together, and it really affects you, and it turns it into this living, breathing, thing. And we wanted to give it justice. I think he’s just so powerful, but so available, and so present and so deep. The coffin, and walker, and suicide pill of it all didn’t come until a little bit later. How much did you enjoy the fact that Sasha went out actively, instead of passively, and the fact that she did so with a purpose — the purpose being to try to take out the enemy? I did consider that, and I said, “Well that’s an option for me, to pretend that I’m on board,” and use that to my advantage at a later time. And to be lost in the moment. I don’t have words to describe how special it was. It wasn’t just the story itself. He let me know that it had been in the works for a really long time, that it was the way the story was going to go, and it had been a longstanding vision of his. And so I felt like, having changed as much as I had, having opened up the way that I had, I felt like that was the perfect way to end it because it was that sort of suspension that ended in the biggest action of all. Gimple and director Greg Nicotero.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:   So when and how did showrunner Scott Gimple deliver the news of Sasha’s demise? And so it was very similar to what happened in episode 1 of Season 7. It was really beautiful and we saw the beauty of it, and we really took joy. Oh, it was awesome! Those moments are so charged because of everything. Yes, exactly. I was so grateful for it. And I just love working with Michael. When you’re in a cell like that, especially someone like Sasha, you know, I do the math. And so I would rather be influenced of all of that, in those moments, and I love those quiet moments —   those moments where you’re just alive in the story, in what’s happening around you. What was it like filming those coffin scenes in the dark with your iPod on and just having to act with your face? We really are a family and I’ll miss being there on the ground with them. It was also what the moment meant to me personally, as Sonequa. Gene Page/AMC
How nice was it to get to work with Michael Cudlitz again in those flashbacks we saw? SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season 7 finale of The Walking Dead, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life.”
The season 7 finale of The Walking Dead was a new beginning for our heroes who finally joined the battle against Negan and the Saviors. And so it was getting a gift that we just weren’t expecting — being able to share that moment between Abraham and Sasha, and being able to see them that way, being able to see why they are drawn to each other. Even though it’s been a long time, and you’ve heard me say that   I do the math and I don’t gamble. We did all sorts of funny videos, and selfies, and, you know, really just playing it up. I thought it was like that period at the end of a wonderful poem. Because what we have is real, and it’s eternal. I thought that was the perfect ending. We always love each other, any day. What was it like on set for your last few days, knowing that this was the end? Also, follow @DaltonRoss on Twitter for all the latest Walking Dead updates. I could cry talking about it right now because any word that I use to try to describe it might diminish it a little bit. I’m gonna miss everyone! He let me in on it. And that’s exactly what it was, just being able to take in everyone that way. I think he’s brilliant. Gene Page/AMC
I’ve been a zombie before on the show, and for me the contact lenses were the worst. That was a very traumatic experience for us, because it’s not just the story that’s so haunting and brutal, but it’s also knowing that you’re losing two people that you really love — losing them from the show, and now you’re not going   see them as often. Oh my goodness. So, it wasn’t a shock or surprise. (Also make sure to read our season finale Q&As with showrunner Scott M. But it was the end of the line for one of the   said heroes, as Sasha sacrificed herself — taking Eugene’s poison pill so she could emerge as a zombie and hopefully take out Negan. But then when people leave, it’s such an enchanted time because we come and we laugh and we share and we give everything we have to each other in those last moments. It’s a little bit different than how it happens in the comic, with that character of Holly, who sort of had some similarities to Sasha here.