The Walking Dead solid at PaleyFest

With The Walking Dead’s personal social account dropping a Red Wedding teaser for Season 9’s penultimate episode, we had been awfully intrigued about such a comparability. So whereas a few of the solid walked the blue carpet for tonight’s PaleyFest panel in Hollywood, we thought we’d discover out if Game of Thrones‘ most surprising episode is really an acceptable reference for Sunday’s “The Calm Before.”

“Such a crafty question,” Eleanor Matsuura (Yumiko) instructed SYFY WIRE, taking part in coy. “It is appropriate, because a fair happens, and a fair is a big event like a wedding … so I guess that’s similar … literally, I can’t say anything.”

With secrecy at a premium per ordinary (with each exhibits), that’s in all probability the reply we should always have anticipated. Still, we endured in that line of questioning with Ryan Hurst (Beta), who not solely confirmed that his character may be very a lot alive after that brawl with Daryl in final week’s “Scars” episode, however additionally gave us only a bit extra to chew on about that Red Wedding tease: “Well, if you read the comic, you know that there is some death that is going to happen on the show at some point. That’s about as much as I can tell you.”

Okay, maybe dying on TWD isn’t precisely shocking. But would Hurst say the dying toll is increased or decrease than on Game of Thrones? “It’s a solid tie,” he mentioned with satisfaction.

Lauren Ridloff, who performs slingshot-wielding Connie, additionally thinks the Red Wedding is an acceptable tease. “As you recognize, the Red Wedding for Game of Thrones was big, so I feel the Fair of this episode goes to be big as nicely, so I feel that’s an excellent teaser,” she mentioned by way of an interpreter.

Keep in thoughts, the Red Wedding, aka “The Rains of Castamere,” is likely one of the most surprising episodes of tv ever created. So does dwelling as much as that comparability make Ridloff really feel the strain? “No, I’m feeling pretty confident,” she said. “We have our own story to tell, and I think fans are going to really appreciate the huge story that is going to be coming.”

Part of that story will embrace massive issues for Matsuura’s Yumiko. “Actually, in the next couple of episodes, I do think that Yumiko does go through massive changes. I don’t want to give away too much, but I know that since we joined at Episode 5 to where we are at the moment with Yumiko, she’s already been through so much,” mentioned Matsuura. “I think it’s okay to say that I go off on a bit of an excursion in this upcoming episode. I physically go on a journey, but also emotionally, Yumiko is in a very different place by the end of the episode.”

After the carpet, Ridloff, Hurst, Matsuura, Norman Reedus (Daryl), Christian Serratos (Rosita), and showrunner Angela Kang stepped contained in the historic Dolby Theater for a panel dialogue, moderated, in fact, by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.

Reedus addressed how a lot his position has modified through the years. “I’ve seen so many people on the show come and go,” mentioned Reedus. “And right now on the show, those ghosts of all those guys are with me, like every single scene.”

As a results of such loss, notably that of Andrew Lincoln, Reedus mentioned, “The weight of Darryl, he’s gotten wiser. …  The gap that I used to be left with. I used to be like, ‘Dude.’ But I keep in mind I used to be speaking to Angela: I used to be like, ‘Don’t give me Rick Grime speeches.’ Daryl’s not the man who’s going to construct a soapbox and say, ‘We’re gonna construct a group!’ He’s simply not that man. … She’s achieved such an excellent job of holding Daryl Daryl, which I’m tremendous grateful for.”

So yeah, Andrew Lincoln continues to be very a lot a presence. Even with all the excitement concerning the new characters, new foes, and new gala’s, the set nonetheless feels him “massively,” mentioned Matsuura, who arrived the identical present that Rick left.

“Really, I’ve ever only known the show without him there. Which is so strange, because you know, he is so much of THE show,” Matsuura told SYFY WIRE. “You feel him around in the storylines, the characters, and the crew – the way they talk about him – he’s there. His presence is felt in the best possible way. His legacy lives on.”

The Walking Dead additionally lives on when it returns Sunday to AMC for its second-to-last episode of Season 9, seemingly with loads of blood to spare.

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