It seems the showrunner shakeup led to some changes to the Walking Dead season finale, and a cast member has been kind enough to spill how one of the final scenes was originally written before it was reshot.
As fans already know, the big third act reveal finally confirmed Andrea’s (Laurie Holden) death at the hands of zombie Milton (Dallas Roberts), but that scene played out very differently in the initial cut. Yes, Andrea died in both versions, but outgoing showrunner Glen Mazzara didn’t hold off on the reveal in the original version. Plus, the other cut would’ve shown Andrea actually getting chomped.
Here’s how Roberts described the original scene, which was axed in favor of the aired version by new showrunner Scott Gimple:
“Originally, the beating scene that started the episode wasn’t there. Originally, I showed up and was led into the room where Andrea was and I took the tools out – the instruments of torture that were laid on the table — and then he shot me in the stomach, completely unexpectedly. And then I was left to bleed out in the same idea basically — you’re going to kill her now. There was a lot more of Milton trying to open the door and him trying to free her from the chains. And then there was a section where he was going to wrap the chain around the neck and try to choke her to death before he turned so she wouldn’t have to deal with Walker Milton, or Biter Milton, as it were.
And then at the end of that, it was just Tyreese and someone else who found her. Rick and Daryl and Michonne weren’t there. So it was essentially the same idea, except you saw me taking chunks out of Laurie Holden in that version. And then they called us back a few months later to reshoot it and made all those changes. So now you’re not sure if I’ve gotten her until after that door opens, and I think that’s probably why they did it.”
Both endings are pretty good, and I’m sure Andrea-haters would’ve loved to see her get bitten, but it did add to the suspense by leaving the question out there a while longer. Plus, it gave Andrea a more poignant sendoff by having Michonne and Rick there.
What do you think? Which version would you have preferred?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)