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But who will die in Sunday’s episode?

 

There are two major questions heading into Sunday’s season seven finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead: Who will die and who will come out on top in the first battle in the famed All-Out War arc from the comics?

 

While all signs point to Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) not surviving the season, the latter remains a larger question as battle between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) stretched an impressive 12 issues in the comics. Given the weight applied to this part of Robert Kirkman’s story, it’s unlikely that Negan (and Lucille) will go down swinging in one episode. Instead, the question now shifts to how the finale will set the stage for season eight.

 

Sunday’s episode is also the first season finale that producers have crafted since the backlash to the months-long cliffhanger created by Negan’s first arrival in the season seven ender. Will producers follow the same track?

 

“Doing it again in the same way isn’t what we do,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple tells THR. “We did a big cliffhanger at the end of season four. We tried to mix it up and not go back to that because there is a definitive conclusion to the end of the season.”

 

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Lauren and her Walking Dead cast mates attended Paley Fest last night to talk about the remainder of Season 7 and upcoming Season 8. Below is a link to the pictures from the event. I’ll be adding more tomorrow when I get them!:

 

 

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‘The Walking Dead’ Cast & Creatives On Dream Deaths For Beloved Characters And “The Epic Tale To Come” – PaleyFest

DEADLINE – At the Dolby Theatre tonight, just two weeks after the Oscars’ envelope fiasco rocked the same room, a raucous crowd gathered on opening night of PaleyFest to greet the cast and creatives behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.

 

While Danai Gurira and baseball bat-wielding Jeffrey Dean Morgan were notable absences this evening, on hand for the panel were stars Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Lauren Cohan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio and Tom Payne.

 

Also present were executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Robert Kirkman, the latter of whom wrote the comic books on which the series is based. And while the EPs held their cards close to their chest throughout the spoiler-free evening, with the Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead fast approaching, Gimble did take a moment to reflect on where the series is heading.

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We’ve officially made it, everyone! We’ve arrived today to the final edition of our Golden Globes Preview Series, or at least the part of it where we spotlight our own personal picks for nominees. We’ll still have the result of the reader vote a little bit later on down the road on December 1, and to go along with that, there is also still to come the actual nominees being announced on December 12. At some point between then and the start of the actual Globes on January 8, we’ll more than likely be looking at much of this field further.

 

In closing off our category previews today, we’re talking a one here in Best Supporting Actress which is certainly one of the more complicated ones that you’re going to find, if for no other reason than that you’re looking at a multitude of different genres, and a field that in general really deserves to be split up. (Who hasn’t the Hollywood Foreign Press done that already?) Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen here to the detriment of everyone who’s going to be snubbed on our list. We know we’re being redundant in mentioning once more the abundance of great people from top to bottom, but it’s so true and there are such a wide array of quality people to choose from.

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX) – While we’re not going to attest to “Roanoke” being a perfect season, we will state that it is a far superior overall product than the two or three seasons that came before it … with Bates’ performance as the Butcher / deranged actress Agnes being a huge part of the reason why. This is Bates at her best, milking every second of screen time and alternating between being reasonably-kind and relatable to utterly terrifying and dangerous.

 

Lauren Cohan, “The Walking Dead” (AMC) – We knew that there would be a vast amount of heartache in Cohan’s performance of Maggie, given all that she went through before before the season 6 finale and also what transpired afterward. Yet, at the same time there’s also been a source of strength and inspiration there, as we’ve had a chance to look further at the full extent of her journey, and precisely how far she’s come from the character she was back when we first got to know her during the Hershel’s Farm era. Cohan’s work has always been to a certain degree underrated, and we hope that this marks more of an opportunity for her to walk into the spotlight.

 

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The Walking Dead star dishes on her go-to workouts, best self-care practices, and more in Health’s December issue.

 

Lauren Cohan knows what it takes to live her healthiest life.

 

“The best way for me to put it is that if my spiritual life isn’t bigger than my real life, then I’m out of balance,” The Walking Dead star, 34, explains to Health in our December issue, on newsstands this Friday.

 

Cohan has learned how important it is to carve out enough time for the things that enable her to feel this sense of balance. But it hasn’t always been easy: “I think what happened [in the past] was I didn’t have a very good balance with exercise and food,” the actress says. “I’d be stressed out and I’d eat too much, or I’d be stressed out and I’d stop exercising. The last few years, I’ve been focusing on consistency and balance, and it’s made a huge difference.”

 

One of her strategies? Scheduling dedicated blocks of “me” time into the day. “I have timers on my phone for everything: It’s time to meditate, it’s time to do this.”

 

Regular exercise also helps Cohan feel like her best self. She told us she works with a personal trainer to do core-based alignment workouts and strength training three to four days a week, as well as yoga on weekends. She also allows herself one “rest” day during the week—but still makes a point to walk at least 20,000 steps during that day off.

 

The actress explains that when it comes to her well-being, mental positivity is as important as her rigorous fitness routine.

 

“Somebody said to me the other day, ‘If this moment isn’t the best moment of your life, you’re doing something wrong.’ And I think about that all the time,” Cohan tells Health. “Because not liking where I’m at is such a waste of energy. And being able to be there for others is only coming from self-acceptance. You have to do what makes you feel good, but for me it has to come from that spiritual side first.”

 

And while Cohan is diligent about practicing self-care, she believes a person’s healthy habits can have an even bigger impact on others.

 

“I’m taking the time to be a better person so I can be of service—putting other people before myself.”



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“Steven brought me on to the show. He’s the first person that I hung out with. The day I got there, Steven, Sarah Wayne Callies, and myself went for Korean barbecue, and I remember I got to Georgia and I was wearing a flannel shirt and it was July and they were like, ‘Yeah, you need to buy some T-shirts.’ I also remember that year we went on Fourth of July to watch the fireworks and the sky opened. Oh my god, it was pouring rain! And we all left and everybody ran out with jackets over their head and we all went to Steven’s house. We got out the guitar and we just started singing, and Steven sang a song and Emily sang a song. We were all borrowing Steven’s clothes and sitting around his apartment on the Fourth of July with it pouring rain outside. It was like college. It was our first big hangout.

 

Steven has been a leading man professional on the show without ever having been any of those things before being on the show. You know what Steven is? He’s ride or die: You know he has your back. Everything that we see in Glenn is what Steven brings to him, and that’s that steady heart. I’m so excited for him knowing he’s going on to do amazing things. He’s the most professional gentleman and the silliest, funniest goof ever. And Steven’s still alive! So that’s good.”



AMC is far from done playing with the undead.

 

The cable network has handed out an early renewal for zombie drama The Walking Dead, picking up the Robert Kirkman entry for an eighth season due in late 2017.

 

The news, announced Sunday at the top of a two-hour retrospective, comes a week before season seven premieres with the franchise’s most highly anticipated episode yet.

 

Season six of the series, based on Kirkman’s comics of the same name, ended with a massive cliffhanger. Negan, perhaps the franchise’s biggest villain thus far, was introduced in the season six finale as the character (played new series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was on the verge of killing at least one of 11 core characters lined up before him. The show heads into its seventh season with its highest number of series regulars ever with 20.

 

Season eight — which likely will debut in October 2017 — will kick off withThe Walking Dead’s landmark 100th episode. Also returning is Chris Hardwick-hosted after-show Talking Dead. The early renewal comes as little surprise given the Scott M. Gimple-led drama’s ranking as the No. 1 show on TV among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The series, starring Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, has held that ranking for the past four seasons.

 

Season seven debuts Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m., followed by a special 90-minute Talking Dead broadcast live from Hollywood Forever Cemetery with all 11 cast members.

 

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement with a nod to Negan’s famous line from the comics and season six finale. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”
In addition to showrunner Gimple and Kirkman, The Walking Dead is exec produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

 

The Walking Dead is one of multiple series Kirkman has on his roster. He also co-created prequel Fear the Walking Dead, which has already been renewed for a third season in 2017, and has unscripted entry Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics‚ both at AMC, where he is under an overall deal. Beyond that, he has Cinemax’s Outcast, which the premium cable network renewed for a second season before its debut earlier this year. Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment banner is also developing multiple titles for TV, including his comic Thief of Thieves for AMC and Chronicles of Amber, which has yet to find a network.

 

The Walking Dead ranks as AMC’s longest-running series. Its roster of original scripted fare also includes Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Into the Badlands, Humans, Preacher, The Terror, The Son, Lodge 49 and the upcoming fourth and final seasons of Turn and Halt & Catch Fire.



Hordes of “Walking Dead” fans descended on Madison Square Garden Saturday night with the hopes of learning who wound up on the receiving end of new villain Negan’s bat at the close of last season.

 

Some came in elaborate costumes. There were assorted Ricks and Michonnes, one-eyed Carls and even a few Negans hefting barbed-wire bats.

 

Big spoilers about the show’s seventh season, which bows Oct. 23 on AMC, were not to be found at the show’s annual New York Comic Con panel, moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick. But there were some clues revealed at the end of the panel, thanks to a clip from the premiere that was well received by the adoring crowd.

 

Here’s what we learned:

 

  • Viewers will find out who’s getting beaten to death by Negan in the season premiere — no fakeouts, showrunner Scott Gimple promised. “It’s a weird feeling to be that powerless,” star Norman Reedus said of shooting the sixth season finale and seventh season premiere. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to get over that wall. I hated doing all that. It was miserable. It sucked, it really did.” Exec producer Greg Nictoreo, who directed the season opener, added: “Some of the most amazing moments were found not where you’re going to expect them.”
  • Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is worse than the Governor of season three fame. He’s got a “Barnum and Bailey style of justice,” according to Morgan, which viewers saw on display at the end of the season. And they’ll only see worse. But why would anyone follow such a brutal maniac? “It’s not just the charisma,” Morgan said. “A lot of people follow him out of fear of getting an iron to the face or worse. But he’s also kept a lot of people alive for a long time.”
  • Unlike previous seasons, which have been a little more contained, season will be more expansive, according to exec producer Gale Anne Hurd. We’ll see more of the “Walking Dead” universe, including King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his terrifying tiger Shiva.
  • Tara (Alanna Masterson) doesn’t know yet about the grisly fate that befell her lover Denise (Merritt Wever).
  • Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, was overcome with emotion at one point during the panel, forgetting the question Hardwick asked. Does that mean Maggie’s dead? Not necessarily, but such a reaction probably doesn’t bode well for viewers invested in Maggie’s emotional state.
  • Star Andrew Lincoln wasn’t at the panel, but Reedus told a story about him putting Reedus’ motorcycle on a boat and sending it floating into the middle of a lake. “With a sex doll on it,” Reedus added.


image REFINERY 29 – According to her grandmother, Lauren Cohan should start carrying a gun. “She’s old-school,” explains Cohan, who plays Maggie, a weapon-slinging survivor of the zombie apocalypse on The Walking Dead. In her grandmother’s view, it’s a simple way to add a layer of security. Adopting her elder’s throaty voice, Cohan mimics the suggestion to bear arms. “‘Just put it in your glove box. You’re driving. I mean, sometimes you’re in the middle of nowhere. Put it in your glove box.’” Cohan laughs. She has no plans to pack heat outside of her fictional fight against the undead.

 

The only weapon in the British actress’ arsenal today is a bunch of Carved Turkey sandwiches from Subway. In partnership with the franchise and the GOOD + Foundation, Cohan’s spending this April day delivering food to families in need in New York City. In person, Cohan is breezy. She talks about her grandfather, a quirky artist, and notes that she is considering creating a one-woman show inspired by him. When she can’t think of a word that’s on the tip of her tongue, she bends over the table, arms outstretched. “Surplus!” she cries when she finally remembers the word for having extras of something. “Thank you!” And she laughs — a lot.

 

Since she’ll be popping up all over New York today, Cohan’s expecting to encounter at least a few excited fans. And she knows she can’t log face time with them without stepping into a direct line of questioning about The Walking Dead and the fate of its characters after the April 3 season 6 finale.

 

“They’re definitely gonna ask who Negan killed. I’m expecting that,” Cohan says, sitting poised at a table in a Manhattan office conference room, where she’s giving interviews before heading out to help local families. And what will she tell these fans? “It’s both ‘I can’t say’ and ‘I don’t know,’” she says. “A lot of the sound effects you hear in the show that everybody’s sort of trying to deconstruct — we didn’t even know who else was making screaming cries or who was saying what because it was all recorded afterwards in sound booths, individually.” All she’ll concede is that come October, there will be a “resolution.”

 

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ET – Lucille was swung, the credits rolled, and the dust is far from settled on The Walking Dead.

 

Nearly two weeks have passed since the AMC hit wrapped up season six with a massive cliffhanger, leaving viewers to obsess over who was on the receiving end of Negan’s murderous bat attack for the next six months, and fans are still pretty peeved with the creative decision to offer up no resolution. Such a negative reaction may have lesser shows concerned over whether their audience will abandon them out of frustration, but this is the No. 1 show on cable we’re talking about here. And star Lauren Cohan thinks the reaction from fans is all part of the viewing process.

 

“I think the reaction is almost in keeping with the emotional peaks and troughs that the show takes us through. I’m really glad that the show is coming back with information. It’s not like people are being left hanging and it’s the end of the series or anything,” the actress told E! News. “So, I would say it’s really a testament to people’s dedication, but I feel like this is going to be the longest six months. I really do feel the pain of it.”

 

As Cohan sees it, this sort of agony is what we come to the AMC hit looking for. “It’s brutal. It’s so brutal. But this is a brutal show. I feel like we’re all kind of communally addicted to the stress experience that we have watching the show and then the release of seeing people make it out of situations,” she added. “So, we’ll definitely be having a big resolution when we come back, right off the bat, so that should be of some relief to people. But I know how painful the cliffhanger is.”

 

And as for what’s coming next—and who won’t be back—Cohan would only admit that the cast has “some idea” of what’s in store. “But we also don’t have any black and white clarity for ourselves,” she added.

 

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“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she says of the Season 6 cliffhanger

 

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WS Journal – Lauren Cohan’s job is in jeopardy.

 

That might sound odd. Cohan is a star on one of the most popular shows on television, playing Maggie Greene on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The show wrapped up its sixth season, however, with a cliffhanger: The core group of Alexandrians is captured by a new group of enemies. The villain Negan murders one of them. Nobody know who it was, not even Cohan.

 

The stakes are even higher for Maggie. She is pregnant, and suffering from some kind of severe pain in her abdomen. The last anybody sees of her, she looks like the cause of that pain alone might kill her. For somebody who doesn’t know if their job will exist in a few months, Cohan was in a good mood.

 

On Thursday, we caught up with Cohan, who was in Manhattan making an appearance at a local Subway restaurant to publicize the launch of its carved-turkey sandwich, as well as on behalf of the charity Good+. The actress, who was born in New Jersey, has been splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York lately, and as part of that she wanted to be involved in a local charity here. Cohan is friends with Jessica Seinfeld, who started the charity, and liked its goals, which aims to offer assistance to impoverished families with young children. Subway had pledged to give away food and gift certificates. Cohan makes it a goal to find a charity to work with wherever she’s living.

 

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