Negan’s victim speaks out about massive effort to keep shock Walking Dead twist secret
The Walking Dead‘s cast lied to fans for months about not knowing who died at the hands of new villain Negan at the end of season six, according to Abraham actor Michael Cudlitz.
It was revealed in the season seven premiere that the person to be murdered in that gruesome game of eeny meeny miny moe was Abraham, but in a shock twist Glenn was also murdered in the same fashion just moments later.
Speaking to reporters in a conference call, Cudlitz admitted he had known about his departure from the show for months – and so did the rest of the cast.
Cudlitz said: “I found about a year and three months ago. They told me that they were going to take me out. They were talking about the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7.”
And not only did Cudlitz know about the scene more than a year in advance, the Walking Dead cast actually filmed Abraham and Glenn’s gruesome deaths before the second half of season six had even arrived on television screens.
He continued: “We filmed the scene about a year ago. It was literally the last episode of last year. We usually finish filming just before Thanksgiving and we had finished filming that one just before Thanksgiving. I had been sitting with it and Steven Yeun had been sitting with it — it’s been sitting with the rest of the cast for a year now.”
Following the shock cliffhanger ending of season six, the cast deliberately spread the story that even they did not know who would be out of a job when filming continued later that year.
According to Cudlitz: “One of the good things was that we were able to spread a rumour that not even the cast knew what was going to happen and that they were going to find out when they came back and they filmed everybody’s death scene just in case. And they said they were re-doing contract negotiations for some of the cast — all that was a lie. But what it enabled us to do was not have to defend who was dead or hide who was dead for at least five months, which was great.”
We’ll never trust a word The Walking Dead cast tells us again.