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Tyler James Williams previews the next 'Walking Dead': 'We're going back to get the squad'

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So I guess we now know who that was in the woods with Daryl outside of the church. Abraham, right? NO! Morgan? NO! The horse that got devoured back in The Walking Dead pilot and has now come back as Indestructible Zombie Horse? ………Actually, that would be pretty damn cool. But NO! Nope, now we can connect the dots and see that it is former Grady Memorial Hospital resident Noah who will make the trek back with Mr. Dixon to the church. And what do they plan to do when they get there? “We’re going back to get the squad,” says Tyler James Williams, who plays Noah, of Sunday’s upcoming episode. “Daryl has that last line, ‘We have people, too.’ So [we need to] go back not just to get Beth, but to get Carol. So we’re going to rally the troops and make an attempt. That’s as far as I can tell you.”

It sounds like battle lines are about to be drawn, ladies and gentlemen, and while Williams could not reveal more about it, he had plenty to say about several other Walking Dead topics when he visited Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) earlier this week. Here’s what Williams said about a few other choice subjects:

On why he stole Daryl and Carol’s weapons:

“He’s not going to leave Beth behind. He’s willing to rob Daryl and Carol to go get her. Now, he doesn’t know who these beastly people are, but he’s trying to go back and get her and he’s willing to rob these people of way too many weapons that he can even carry to pull that off… He’s definitely trying to go back and het her out, but he just doesn’t have any weapons at this point. He has no firepower. He’s running around with a rusty knife, which is dangerous in itself. He’s trying to get a game-plan together to go back. This is a hiccup in his plan.”

On whether Daryl trusts Noah:

“I think Daryl trusts Noah about as far as he can throw him. He’s like, the only reason why he actually got a chance to rob me is because I didn’t keep my eye on him. So I think he knows, as long as I keep my eye on this kid, he’s fine. His intentions are good. He’s not just out here being malicious. He’s trying to survive and he’s trying to get back to Beth. We have a commonality. We’ll be fine, because Noah is not really that much of a threat to Daryl.”

On working with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride:

“I was a fan of the show, so to now be able to work with some of these original core cast members was interesting. I was unsure of what they were going to be like. Norman was incredibly welcoming, especially in the scene by the door and with the car and trying to work that out. That’s the type of thing that actors look for, is somebody willing to just throw everything away and just get gritty with it, and that’s what this show does well.”

On the challenges of filming in downtown Atlanta:

“There had been online footage of the van going off of the bridge and there was a little bit of footage of Carol getting hit by the car, because it’s the city of Atlanta. You can’t keep people out of the city. That’ s one of the things that’s hard about it and why we cant keep going back, but we do take these moments that are really needed to go back.”

On his character not being from the comics:

“It kinda sucks in the sense of …I was talking to [Michael] Cudlitz and Josh [McDermitt] and they were like, ‘The good thing about the comic is we can read it and at least have a good idea of where we’re going.’ As an actor you always want to know where you’re going so you can prepare for that. As Noah, I had no clue. There’s nothing. There’s no basis. There was speculation as to who Noah was. Gimple hasn’t given me any information. A lot of people think he’s Noah Cruz from Daryl’s game [Survival Instinct], but he’s like, ‘I can’t tell you either way.’ So it’s weird. I have no idea where Noah is going and what his function is going to be. If he’s going to fold into the group and if he is, what is his journey is going to be and what is he going to do for them? So, it’s different for everybody else in that way. Especially on the death end, because you have these iconic deaths that are in the comics that you are pretty sure they’re going to stick kind of close to because they’re huge. But then, for somebody like Noah, any day could be the day.”

To hear the entire Tyler James Williams interview on the InsideTV Podcast, click on the audio player icon below. It begins at the 23:15 mark. But in other Walking Dead news, we start off with the very first guy to get his throat slit at the trough. Robin Lord Taylor, who played unlucky Sam, talks about what it was like flying back down to Atlanta to film that one special cameo (reprising his character from season 4). Of course, we also get into all things Gotham, and Taylor’s breakout role as the Penguin on the Fox drama.

We finish things off with the latest person to be voted off of Survivor as Jeremy Collins talks about his big blindside and where it all went wrong. He also discusses his feelings on being betrayed by Missy while revealing whom he would have brought to the final three. (The Jeremy Q&A begins at 40:30.)

You can listen to the whole podcast by clicking on the audio player icon below. You can also download the entire podcast right here. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. To send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. And to hear more interviews and television discussion and debate, check out Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM, channel 105.