We’ve already been told this season will feature two “standalone” episodes for The Governor (David Morrissey), including flashbacks of where he’s been. That seems to be what Andrew and Norman are talking about when they referenced two great episodes coming up during a recent magazine interview.
“It’s funny,” Andy told Atlanta Magazinein early October. “My job is to serve my character in the scripts that I’m given. I just read two scripts, both of which I’m not in. And I think they’re the greatest episodes we’ve ever had. There’s a depth to it. Character pushes story this season a lot more. We’ve got a very good combination of great storytelling and action sequences. Glenn [Mazzara, last season’s showrunner] did a magnificent job pushing the pace and making it a thrill ride. Now we’ve got this collision of those two things. It’s a different season. There’s more space in it. There’s still action, but it feels like we’re jumping off into another depth. We’re going into deeper, more terrifying waters.”
Norman added, “Interesting you said ‘space.’ You’re so right. The show started off, and there was a hyperventilating energy to it. Then it got even more frantic. Then it started to breathe. Now it’s starting to branch out internally. It’s about the stories of these characters in this zombie world. How can you keep that interesting? We’re on the inside reading scripts, going, ‘Holy s—t, did you read that?’ Andy added, “The latest script I just read, I couldn’t sleep.”
That’s one neither Rick nor Daryl is in. Atlanta Magazine asked if we should be worried about that, and Norman answered, “Yes. You should always be worried.” Andy added, “If you notice, I have a beard in the show.” The reporter noted that it’s fuller on the TV show than during the October interview. Andy: “That’s what I’m saying. What does that mean?”
What the heck does that mean? Should we read into that, or he is just teasing us for sport? Are you excited to see these episodes they’re talking about, or are you dreading the lack of Daryl and Rick?
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.