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Press: The Walking Dead cast on season 8: Rick’s got ‘his strut back’

EW – “This is the weirdest Walking Dead panel I’ve ever been a part of,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan remarked to the crowd gathered at New York Comic Con on Saturday.

 

He was responding specifically to all the fans referencing his old character on Grey’s Anatomy, but the Theater at Madison Square also heard talk of shipping Jesus (Tom Payne) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), another fan interrupting Austin Amelio to shout his disdain for Dwight, talk of a crossover with Fear the Walking Dead, and host Chris Hardwick turning #SexyA—hole into his new hashtag, thanks to a brutally misquoted audience shoutout. But, as evidenced by the cheers drowning out some of the chatter on stage and footage shown on screen, the fans are ready for season 8 and the cast thinks they have something worthwhile.

 

The Walking Dead took a turn for the worse in terms of Rick’s reality on the show, in terms of critical reception, and in terms of ratings. But heading into the season 8 premiere, which marks the AMC drama’s 100th episode, Andrew Lincoln feels the show is more like what it was in the beginning.

 

“Season 7 sucked for Rick Grimes, but season 8, he’s definitely getting his strut back,” the actor told the roaring crowd. “We’ve got the gang back together, I’m working with a few of my special buddies,” he teased before adding, “It’s reminiscent of seasons 1-4.” Then he offered another oddball moment of the night by doing his best Napoleon Dynamite dance for the crowd.

 

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Press: The Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan on her ‘Hitchcock’ Moment

 

EW – The upcoming season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, airing Oct. 22, promises to be action-packed. Then again, most of The Walking Dead premieres go heavy on the action, with the first episode of season 3 being a prime example.

 

That was when the group found the prison as a new potential home but first had to clear it of hundreds of zombies. It may have been five years ago, but that epic killfest still includes Lauren Cohan’s favorite walker offing ever. “My favorite walker kill in the first 100 episodes still is when we get to the prison and we have those riot gear walkers,” Cohan, who plays Maggie, says. “Mostly that was my favorite because we knew we wanted to capture that horror, and it was so funny and it looked so horrific, but we were actually just having such a good time — just pulling the knife out and all that crazy green goop going everywhere.”

 
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SDCC2017: Season 8 Trailer Unspools Comic-Con After Tribute to Late Stuntman

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – AMC continued its The Walking Dead tradition, using the show’s Comic-Con stage to unspool the first look at its upcoming season. But before the new footage was screened, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and the cast took the stage with no introduction and went directly into a dedication for stuntman John Bernecker, who died July 12 after plunging headfirst from a balcony on the show’s Georgia set while attempting a seemingly simple 22-foot fall. Production on season eight was briefly shut down and multiple investigations are underway. (Spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, which paneled before the flagship, also featured a moment of silence for Bernecker.)

 

“We didn’t know if we should do this panel today. But we wanted to be here for you and do something for John,” a somber Gimple said after noting Bernecker’s countless credits and how much the stuntman loved his job.”John was someone who was beloved in the stunt community. He was living his dream and he helped other people do the same.”

 

Gimple then introduced the season eight trailer.

 

“They Did That?!” ‘Walking Dead’ Team Describes Season 7 Finale in 3 Words

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 Cohan is Still Standing (For Now)

The ‘Walking Dead’ actress opens up about season seven’s “heartbreaking” finale, her last “death dinner” with Steven Yeun—and what women know about surviving the apocalypse.

 

If you think the real world has gone to hell, we invite you to take a tour of the world as depicted in television’s favorite zombie apocalypse. The seventh season of AMC’s The Walking Dead has been grim—and that’s saying something for a world where hordes of the undead are basically set dressing. Chalk it up to the addition of the show’s biggest, baddest Big Bad ever: the sinister survivor Negan, played by a gleefully sadistic Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Negan puts a fine point on an oft-central question of the series—one we’ve asked ourselves, oh, a couple of times since novelist Mary Shelley first conjured up Frankenstein: “So who’s the real monster here, anyway?” The answer he poses with relentless, cavalier brutality isn’t “us, but…” or “us, if….” It’s a grinning, “us, duh.”

 

But Lauren Cohan doesn’t view things that way. The actress has a skill for seeing the sunny side, even if she has to squint. On a cloudy day up in the Santa Monica Mountains, where Cohan is being photographed for BAZAAR.com, she’s the picture of placid poise in a gold and black Louis Vuitton dress. “I’m in the mind of another version of myself, which can be very steadying,” she says of wearing the shoot’s playfully sculptural outfits. This idea of steadiness is a quality Cohan tries to actualize in her character, Maggie. If the Southern farm girl-turned-fighter Cohan plays on The Walking Dead has remained a figure of stability since she first appeared in the show’s second season, it’s because Cohan sees Maggie as the eye in a storm. As the show’s survivors run from place to place, beating back threat after escalating threat, Maggie has become a touchstone for humanity and pragmatism in an increasingly ruthless narrative.

 

The ability to project such reliability comes from Cohan’s own itinerant childhood—the now 35-year-old was born in New Jersey, spent a year in Georgia, returned to New Jersey, then moved with her family to the UK as a teenager. The English accent stuck, and so did an aptitude for laying down roots in new soil. “It’s interesting for me to play to a hopeful feeling in the middle of tragedy,” says Cohan. More than perhaps any other character in the series, Maggie has seen tragedy not at the hands of flesh-eating zombies, but of flesh-and-blood humans. A recap, not for the faint of heart: her father is decapitated by the power-mad “Governor” of another group of survivors; her younger sister is accidentally shot dead by yet another wannabe despot; and her husband Glenn (played by fan favorite Steven Yeun) had his skull treated like silly putty by a baseball bat-wielding Negan in this season’s gruesome and controversial premiere. So what was that about hope?

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“The Walking Dead” Paley Fest Appearance

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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Golden Globes 2017: Top Supporting Actress picks

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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So It Goes x Lauren Cohan

In a very special feature to So It Goes online, Issue 5 alum, Norman Reedus talks to Walking Dead friend, co-star and zombie apocalypse survivor Lauren Cohan, a.k.a, Maggie Greene.

Shot by So It Goes creative director, James Wright, and contributing photographer Toby Knott.

If you’ve somehow managed to thus far steer clear of new season spoilers, then proceed with caution…

 

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NORMAN REEDUS: How did you first feel reading the script for the season premiere? Was it quite a shock, after the biggest cliffhanger to date, or were you aware at the end of the last season what was going to happen?

 

LAUREN COHAN: I was, I think we all were at probably episode of 9 of last year. You don’t get more used to losing people. I think we are still trying to…

 

NR: Yeah, I’ll never get used to it. What is the impact of losing Glenn (Steven Yeun) your co-star, whom you’ve worked with so closely from the beginning?

 

LC: It hit the hardest when we go through a moment on or off the show all together, but without some of our friends…when you have big moments and you want to celebrate, that is when I feel it the most. And when I see all the tribute videos fans make online.

 

NR: Do you think – to some degree – that shows nowadays, in a similar vein to Game of Thrones, need that air of unpredictability to retain viewers?

 

LC: I think it’s more the attachment to the people that keeps people invested but I’d be lying if I didn’t also say it was the shock factor.

 

NR: I hate that it’s like Survivor.

 

LC: Like American Idol with zombies…
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The Walking Dead: Lauren Cohan on Maggie’s big moment

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SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Go Getters.”

 

“This is our home now, so you’ll have to call me by name. Not Marsha. Not dear. Not honey. Maggie. Maggie Rhee.”

 

BOOM! Delivered after serving Gregory a fist to the face, those words not only reestablished Maggie as a fighter, but as a leader as well — and the potential future head of her new community.

 

Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead brought us to the Hilltop, where Maggie and Sasha grieved for their murdered men, defended the community from a nighttime zombie assault, and put the duplicitous current leader of their new home on serious notice. We spoke to Lauren Cohan to get her insight into this pivotal episode, as well as Maggie’s verbal and physical beatdown of her new nemesis.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I want to start right at the beginning of the episode, and ask what it was like for you to have that scene at the graves where we see you first approach Glenn’s grave and you leave the pocket watch there. What was it like — after filming that brutal premiere — to have to get yourself into that terrible state of mind all over again?

 

LAUREN COHAN: Yeah, it was pretty intense obviously coming from that episode, and then the change til now knowing that she had been unconscious. Maggie’s been out of it for a while, and coming to terms and coming to consciousness with what happened and wondering, “Is the baby okay?” Sasha’s been with her, but just waking up not knowing where she is and remembering everything that had happened, she is just trying to preserve some equilibrium for the baby and for her physical health. I think that that’s a lot of what happened, and then it’s how much Maggie’s really letting herself feel and remember and relive it. There’s a lot going on there.

 

We then have this scene a little bit later where the Saviors have unleashed zombies into the Hilltop, and Maggie jumps up on the roof, starts giving instructions, and then gets down into the tractor to run over the car blaring the music. First off, did you get to drive the tractor at all?

 

Yeah, how fun was that?!
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The Secret to Finding Time to Meditate

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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