The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: How One Negan Victim Kept Their Death A Secret

The Walking Dead finally let us know who was permanently leaving the show eariler this week in a brutal season opener that killed off two major characters. It turns out that the show’s cast knew who would be getting the ax, err bat, for over a year, which is a really long time for anyone to keep a secret, and it’s even more difficult when you’re being hounded by fans for answers every single day. So how does one keep a secret like that? According to Michael Cudlitz, whose character Abraham was one of Negan’s unfortunate victims, it all comes down to just pretending that, in the words of Han Solo, “everything is fine; situation normal.”

“Well, I think the best thing to do is sort of, you kind of pretend it’s just normal,” Cudlitz told Entertainment Weekly. “So somebody bumps into you and is like, ‘Hey, what’s up man?’ It’s like, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ ‘Oh, are you down in Atlanta?’ ‘Yeah, I leave in two days.’ Everywhere I went, I would tell somebody I’m leaving in two days, or I’d just gotten in town. It was always, ‘I was just getting here,’ or ‘I was just leaving.’ So I had people who were pretty close to me who really didn’t know what was going on.” He continued, “So it was a process, you know, the guy at the gym at the desk said, ‘I’m getting a little concerned, because you’ve been in for a lot of days in a row now,’ and I would say to him, ‘Oh, no I’m actually leaving tomorrow.’ And then for the next two weeks, I would go to a different gym. So it’s kinda easy to throw people off…”

While Cudlitz seems to have had no problem keeping things straight in his day-to-day activities, he does admit that the situation was made much more difficult by overzealous fans who would track the movements of him and his castmates:

“The people who were really trying to track us and really trying to ruin the experience for other people, they were able to lock us down better because they were specifically looking to do that, but generally speaking, I think we did a good job in keeping people confused. ‘Cause you don’t have to lie to people. You just have to keep them confused. You don’t have to tell them the thing that they’re believing isn’t true, you just have to always keep that in their mind that there might be another alternative and that alone makes it so that they confuse themselves. As long as there’s more than one idea floating out there, then nobody knows what’s going on.”


So basically, Michael Cudlitz is a master of Inception. Suck these nuts, indeed.

(Via: Entertainment Weekly)

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