Reno, Nevada Walking Dead fans were full of great questions at the most recent Wizard World Comic Con. Scott Wilson, Jon Bernthal and Andrew J. West sat down for a fun and lively panel where some truly insightful information was gleaned.
[The Walking Dead](series:201193) is notorious for keeping tight lips about upcoming storylines, so, it was a very valid question to ask,
"How does it feel to get the mortal role? Does that change how you go through your character?"
Andrew: You mean in terms of knowing (sic) the end is nigh? Um, I guess I don't think about that too much going into it. I don't think you want to think about it too much. I think it's a lot more micro than that. For me, anyway. You don't want to anticipate that too much even though you know it's coming.
Jon Bernthal adds to the question, "Did you know, when you got that job on The Walking Dead, that you were going to die?"
Andrew: That's a good question! I found out before we started season five that Gareth would be killed in episode three. When I did the season finale of season four, I wasn't even sure if I was coming back. Then they told me I was coming back and, simultaneously said, by the way, Gareth is going to be dispatched in episode three. So, I knew three episodes in advance. (Turning to Jon and Scott) What about you guys? How far in advance did you know?
Scott: When I came in the second season, I was told that I was going to be taken out....and then I wasn't. So, then I was.
Scott Wilson is, indeed, a man of few words.
The moderator then asks, "When you know how something is going to end as an actor, you have that evolution as a character; you want to slowly develop it, whithout giving it away, right?"
Jon: When we first started, they were audtioning Rick's and Shane's together and you had to audition for both parts. The actors switched off playing parts and I said that I just wanted to auditon for Shane. They said, well, Shane's not going to make it very long. I said alright, it was really the role that I was very much drawn to. Then I went home and read the comic books and was like, shit! this guy really doesn't last very long! I really dug that-knowing. I knew from the beginning that it was going to happen and I, pretty much, knew exactly when it was going to happen. So, I could be very strategic about him breaking down and him becoming this guy that really had to go. It was cool to plot that course and let him unravel slowly and the wonderful scripts gave me great buoys along the way. That's as douchey as it gets, but that's the tuth.....I felt really greatful knowing from the beginning that this dude has got to go, but what sucked about it was, you're on a great show and you're working with people you love and you work so hard and to know that you're not going to be a part of it for too long, that was sad. But looking back on it, I'm extremely greatful for knowing.
Scott: Let me say something else on that. You know, not only was it when we were killed off, it's also when your castmates are killed off. So, you're reading the script and you see that someone you enjoy working with, that you think is great, is going to get killed off. The castmembers that aren't, have to keep it together where they're not giving that away through any kind of interaction in the scenes. It's as bad, I think, for the ones that your'e leaving behind as it is for you.