Every week, The Walking Dead’s very own Josh McDermitt, who plays Dr. Eugene Porter, is taking EW behind the scenes of the hit AMC horror series. For each episode, McDermitt will share his thoughts on what went down and what’s coming up, plus walk us through the ins and outs of the show. This week, McDermitt dives into “The Big Scary U.”
Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, titled “The Big Scary U,” written by David Leslie Johnson, Angela Kang, and Scott Gimple and directed by Michael Satrazemis, was so much fun to shoot. Being locked up in a conference room with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Austin Amelio (Dwight), Steven Ogg (Simon), and Xander Berkeley (Gregory) is some of the most fun I’ve had on this show in the five seasons I’ve been here. These guys are a bunch of goofy idiots and never fail to make me laugh. I don’t break into laughter during scenes, but I couldn’t keep it together during this episode. Xander Berkeley changes up the way he does his lines for Gregory during each take and it’s so unpredictable. He’s not doing it to get a laugh, he’s just really good at playing that slimy character and has the freedom to move around a bit in his performance. And then a stifled laugh or snort from Austin Amelio, a crazy-eyed look from Steven Ogg, an “I’m having a hard time keeping this together” smirk from JDM would send me down the rabbit hole of giggles. I love these dudes.
A bit about Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel). I believe Seth is the most underrated actor on our show. This guy has been quietly killing it for several seasons. His character’s journey is incredible, and Seth’s performance deserves a mountain of accolades. I remember back in season 5 when Father Gabriel first showed up on the scene: The rest of the cast were watching Seth do his thing and wondering who the hell this guy is who is forcing the rest of us to up our game.
It seems like the heat is turning up on Dwight. The obvious assumption is that Eugene is the rat and feeding Rick and the others information. But Eugene figures out that Dwight is the one working against the Saviors (or so it seems?), yet he doesn’t do anything about it. Is this a card Eugene is going to keep up his sleeve until he needs it? We shall see. Everybody certainly has their own agenda, and looks as if those agendas are going to intersect and collide at some point. Ooh, yeah! I can’t wait.
Oh, and Helicopter? DID SOMEONE SAY HELICOPTER? What the heck was that???
See you back here next week.