If, like me, you hate waiting each week for a new episode of AMC’s zombie drama ‘The Walking Dead’, here’s a little bit of apocalyptic goodness to tide you over.
AMC recently posted a very insightful interview with Scott Wilson. Wilson is the actor who plays Hershel Greene on the show. In the interview, Wilson discusses his own life growing up around the Atlanta area where the show takes place, his thoughts on Hershel’s views on the walkers, and his character’s skills with a gun.
Here are a few highlights of the AMC interview:
Q: What would you do if you were a guest on Hershel’s farm and found out the guy was keeping a bunch of walkers in the barn?
A: You gotta understand you’re talking to Hershel here! I can’t totally separate myself from him; I kind of see from his perspective a bit. Hershel hasn’t been exposed to the same risks as other people. Plus, it is his farm and his say and things are going to be run the way he wants them to be run. Hershel was also a biologist at one point — so he’s a man of science. He’s not necessarily coming up with this stuff from far left field.
Q: In Episode 9 (‘Triggerfinger’), Hershel tells Rick that he knows how to shoot, he just doesn’t like to. Would you say that phrase applies to you?
A: I’m not a great hunter. But I have fired guns in the past, when I was growing up. But it was part of growing up where I lived. You go out hunting or target practice. They also taught you to respect guns.
Q: Did you ever find yourself wishing Hershel’s farm was yours?
A: Oh, it’s such a great place. Hershel’s farm is a bit like Shangri-La for everyone: the perfect getaway from all the dangers.
To read the full interview with Mr. Wilson, head on over to AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ site.
If Hershel’s discussion of the farm and his decisions to protect his family aren’t enough to settle your ‘Walking Dead’ zombie bloodlust, AMC also released a promotional FX reel that details some of the work that goes into creating the show’s sets and undead denizens. It’s nice to see what part of the effects are digital and which are practical FX. Better yet, it’s a sign of the production quality when viewers can’t tell the difference when they’re actually watching.
Did you miss last week’s ‘Walking Dead’ episode? If so, check out our recap of ‘Triggerfinger’ . And stay tuned to ScienceFiction.com for more ‘Walking Dead’ news and recaps.