The mystery of who knows what about who died at the hands of Negan and Lucille at the end of The Walking Dead season 6 finale continues. Chandler Riggs tweeted out that he still did not know, and director Greg Nicotero said the actors were purposefully kept in the dark.
But then Norman Reedus said on the Today show that he did know who had died. And now it seems at least one former cast member was also privy to that classified information. We discovered this when Tyler James Williams, who played Noah in season 5 of the AMC zombie hit, stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) on Monday morning. Naturally we had to know if he knew who was on the receiving end of that barbed wire covered baseball bat. So, we asked the actor: Do you know?
“Yes,” says Williams. “Yeah, I know.” Not only does Williams say he knows, but he has known since well before they filmed that harrowing scene. “They were still shooting [season] 6,” says Williams of when he found out. “So like, middle of 6.”
While Williams will not fess up as to who spilled the beans to him, he does confirm it was a cast member. “Oh, yeah, of course,” he says. “We all still speak and they kind of keep me up to date and stuff on what’s going on and all of that. … You have to understand [showrunner Scott M. Gimple] knows everything seasons and seasons out, so people knew, but we can’t say anything. No one can say anything. So it’s actually better to say that we don’t know.”
Williams also talked about what it is like to watch the show after being on it: “It’s so weird. It’s fun in the sense of I have kind of the background information on certain things now. I’m not just watching it obscurely. And then also trying to fit this character’s storyline into what is happening — like the whole Wolves development, Noah’s family was killed by the Wolves. We really weren’t privy to that at the time and that whole thing, so that makes it a lot more interesting. But then there’s also, I’m watching my friends play basketball and get 82 every night. They’re killing it and I’m so proud of them.”
We also couldn’t help but wonder if Williams ever pauses before he walks through a revolving door, considering the gruesome things that happened to his character in one of them on the show. “Yeah!” he says with a laugh. “We are actually just talking about it today before coming in. You look at it completely differently now. That’s what’s really sick and kind of twisted about Nicotero and Gimple and all them — it’s like, who is is looking at that and went, ‘Huh? Yeah, that would be fun. Let’s kill somebody in that. In something that people love to use every day.’”
To hear more from Williams on The Walking Dead click on the SoundCloud clip above.