The Walking Dead: Lennie James shares how he's protecting the cliffhanger secret
Everyone wants to know who died at the hands of Negan in The Walking Dead season finale, which means the cast of the zombie drama is getting inundated with questions from fans.
Andrew Lincoln told us stories of getting grilled at customs with queries about the victim, while Melissa McBride mentioned her mom wondering if she had been the one to die even though she wasn’t even in that scene.
Now you can add Lennie James to that list of cast members folks have been trying to trick into spilling the proverbial beans. “Everybody tries to get clever about it,” says James, who plays Morgan. “So everybody tries to kind of catch you out. Everybody asks who you’re filming with this particular day, or ‘Who did you see today?’ Or ‘Who did you have dinner with today?’ Or ‘Please send such and such my love’ — all trying to figure out what your reaction is going to be. And these are members of the public, these are friends of mine, these are members of my family all trying to ask the question that may well kind of catch you out.”
James’ solution to make sure he doesn’t accidentally reveal anything? “I’ve kind of done two things,” he says. “One, I’ve stopped speaking to people. And two, you have to get very single-minded about protecting this particular story line and trying your best to stay true to it everywhere. People will just whisper something in your ear when you’re at the store or when you’re at the supermarket thinking that you’ll turn around and divulge some piece of information, but so far I think I’m doing okay.”
James says he has also been on the receiving end of awkward congratulations for not being the first Alexandrian to die at the hands of Negan. “It’s weird because there have been a few people who have said, ‘Well at least you’re not dead, so we know that for sure.’ And I go, ‘Well you kind of know that for sure because I’m not one of the people knelt down in front of Negan.’ I mean, that would have to be a really big bat for him to swing it from where he is and for it to hit me where I am. So yeah, it’s no great revelation. I at least make it past that particular situation.”
In fact, Morgan’s next situation will bring him to the Kingdom, where he will meet the eccentric King Ezekiel. Let’s hope he’s good around tigers.
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The Walking Dead returns Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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