Did You Read Nathan Fillion’s Great Love Letter to The Walking Dead?
More TV stars should write love letters to their favorite TV shows. Why not? It’s no secret that Nathan Fillion is a huge fan of The Walking Dead. A while back, the Castle star and Firefly alum said he never misses an episode of TWD, and he took photos with Brighton Sharbino (Lizzie) last year when they were at Minneapolis Comic Con together.
But after the Season 5 finale, Nathan shared an open love letter to the show, explaining what he loves about it. Entertainment Weekly has the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:
"Let’s talk about entertainment. Some television I watch for the escape, and some, for the journey. The difference being is whether this show is distracting me, or can this piece of work suspend disbelief and transport me to a realm of ‘what if.’ I certainly won’t tune in next week if I don’t care about what happens next. Give me a story that has me asking what I’d do in that same situation. Let me be concerned for characters I’ve come to know, watch them learn and grow, or stagnate and fail. Let me hate them, let them disappoint me. Let me see them make choices shaped by their experiences.
When I really sink into a program, it transcends the typical watching at home alone experience. I want to share it, to gather my friends. I have beverages and food, sometimes in the theme of the show. It becomes an event. We revel in the excitement of having waited all week, chatting about parts that moved us, predicting what will happen next and why we think so. I bring new people who have never seen the show into the fold, and I see the excitement grow inside them just from being surrounded by others who are already swept away. We gather in front of the TV and dim the lights. Everyone finds a comfortable position, we make our last minute jokes and comments, and then—silence. The show begins. The waiting is over. The week spent talking about the last episode is over. The anticipation is satiated. The journey continues.
We spend commercial breaks hooting, gasping, and commenting, positively or negatively, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are being made to feel. Emotions are welling up from nothing—nothing but a well-crafted story."
Read the full love letter for more. He’s dead right about the emotions, the “what if” questions asking ourselves what we would do in the situation, and reveling in the excitement of a new show’s journey. Back when he gushed about TWD before, we suggested they cast him for Season 5. That didn't happen, but Season 6 hasn’t started shooting yet, so it’s not too late to add him to the story!
Source: Entertainment Weekly