It looks like someone is about to become zombie food on the current season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. At least, that’s the blind item from TVLine, who quotes unnamed sources as saying that a character on the show is about to get munched on … and it’s because he/she asked for it.
Well, he/she asked for it … but has had a change of heart, though that might not be enough to save him/her. Oops?
The backstage drama all started when series creator Frank Darabont was ousted. A whole lotta people were upset, you’ll recall, and this one person, so much so that he/she asked to be released from his/her contract. But, according to my moles, a funny thing happened between the time the request was made and when it was potentially granted.
A change of heart.
Now this member of the ensemble wants to stay. But it may be too late. (Even my sources don’t know for sure at this point whether the character is going to be written off, although one insider insists he/she ultimately got their wish.)
The article describes the person as being a “Darabont loyalist”, which immediately brought to mind two very specific castmembers: Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale). Both have been in their fair share of Darabont movies, with Holden having worked with Darabont on “The Mist” and “The Majestic”, and DeMunn, besides also working on “The Mist” and “The Majestic”, was also in Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption”. No doubt one of these two was not very pleased when AMC had that tiff with Darabont that eventually resulted in Darabont being unceremoniously booted from the show.
This is Hollywood, after all, where the ego is king, so even if this castmember has since had a changed of heart, I suspect he/she might still get their wish, if just for the AMC suits to prove that they can’t be pushed around by the castmembers. It would definitely set a precedent, and since neither actors are main characters, their departure wouldn’t really hurt the show too much in terms of storyline.
Though if it ended up being Laurie Holden, I would be very, very displeased. She is easily my favorite character on the show, right next to the hapless Glenn.