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The Walking Dead director reflects on Scott Wilson’s final episode

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The late Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) assured Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln): “We’ll get there. All of us.” the walking Dead. The scene—opposed to a celestial vision of the Green family farm, and a hallucination by a seriously injured Rick in What Comes After—aired just weeks after Wilson died at the age of 76 of complications from leukemia. Wilson starred as father Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney) in over 30 episodes between 2011 and 2014, returning to the zombie drama for the first time since season 4.

For series veteran Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode dedicated to Wilson’s memory, the farewell between Rick and Herschel was a well-deserved tribute to the late actor in his recent appearance on the walking Dead.

Nicotero recalls that “it wasn’t written that he was supposed to be in Andy’s final episode, but I wanted him to be there.” dead talking After the mid-season premiere Sunday the walking DeadThe last episodes ever. “The fact that Scott Wilson is back, makes me proud. There is a constant reminder of how important he is.”

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Along with Shane (John Berthal) and Sasha (Sonicua Martin Green), Herschel appears to Rick from beyond the grave, guiding him as he grazes a walking crowd away from his family and friends.

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Thinking of Wilson First time in a group the walking Dead In the second season in 2011, emotional Nicotero recalled an early meeting with cold blooded And the ninth composition the actor.

“The first day he showed up on set, he came to the makeup effects trailer, and I was wearing zombie makeup. [as an extra]“When Wilson spent minutes observing the process,” Nicotero said, “Nicotero recounted,” I said, “Hey, I think you’re in the wrong trailer?” No, he said, this is exactly where I want to be.

Nicotero said in 2018 Character Book He lobbied for the episode to include Wilson, who was able to watch Herschel’s last scene before his death.

“I went to see him at the hospital in Los Angeles, and I took my iPhone with the scene, and showed it to him. He was like, ‘You brought tears to my eyes,’” Nicotero said. “He was so proud. And then I kept trying to leave, and he kept making me show it to him over and over again. So, watch it six times. He was so excited about it… I even know how to express how grateful I am for sharing that with him.”

The late Wilson “keeps eloquently and reveals all about what we love the walking DeadNicotero said Character Book. “The day he came [on ‘What Comes After’], everyone applauded, pulled Andy aside. And I’m like, “That’s what the show is.” Scott Wilson. And that feeling reminded us all of the show’s heart.”

New episodes of the walking DeadThe final season airs on Sundays on AMC and AMC+.