Alanna Masterson
Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Sunday’s season 4 finale of The Walking Dead ended with 12 of our heroes locked inside train car A by the folks at Terminus. That would seem to be advantage: bad guys. But our survivors have something the apparent cannibals do not: Rick Grimes, who delivered a slightly more family friendly version of one of his classic lines from the comic book on which the AMC drama is based: “They’re screwing with the wrong people!” The season ended right there on that cliffhanger, and now we have more intel on exactly how shooting that final scene went down. Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara, called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning to chat all about the big finale and her time so far on the show, and she took us inside the train car to tell us all about the filming of that big scene.

“It was interesting that night that we shot the train car,” says Masterson. “It was all of us in one car so that was extremely funny because no one could keep us quiet because we were all just laughing and telling jokes. It’s late at night and we’re just trying to stay awake. It was like two in the morning. And we had all been shooting an episode earlier. I was doing reshoots for episode 12, and Danai, Andy and Norman had been shooting the running through Terminus. So when we got there, we were all in just this one giant street car and it was pretty creepy in there. It was really cold and they locked us in there. And on one half there were cameras, and on the other half there was not. They did a really good job making it look like it was still daytime. It was creepy, but the problem is everyone on that set is so nice and friendly that everybody starts talking and then it gets really loud and then our wrangler as I call him will have to whistle and be like, ‘Everyone be quiet!'”

And viewers weren’t the only one to get fired up by Rick Grimes’ call to arms. Masterson says that the cast was feeling similarly juiced when they filmed it. “Andy did the take with his last line. It was so fierce, it just resonated with each person inside that street car, even in just rehearsals. And we were all like, ‘Yeah! They don’t know who they’re messing with!’ Like, we all got so pumped. But then the season ended. We were all like, ‘Yeah, They don’t know who they’re messing with! Um…okay, bye, guys!’

To listen to some of the audio from our chat with Alana Masterson, click on the player below. Also make sure to read our finale interviews with star Andrew Lincoln, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman.

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The Walking Dead

AMC's zombie thriller, based on the classic comic book serial created by Robert Kirkman.

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