If watching the final scene of The Walking Dead‘s sixth season finale was difficult, filming it wasn’t any easier — especially since the cast had to return to that exact moment for the start of season 7. But the experience wasn’t without its positive sides.
“For me, at least, episode 6.16, the final episode of last season, and then picking it up in this season: Two of my favorite episodes to shoot,” Josh McDermitt said when the cast stopped by EW’s studio at San Diego Comic-Con. “We were all in this together, we were fighting the elements, we’re shooting overnight, we’re tired, we’re struggling to shift our weight to keep our knees from hurting and things like that. But to look across the way and to see my other actors giving it back… was incredible and it’s something that we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives. It was just very fulfilling.”
“It was almost like some sort of weird gift,” Norman Reedus admitted.
Michael Cudlitz explained that returning to that scene was met with a bit of terror for the cast. “Before we all came to set, we all knew that we had to kind of get back into that same place, and I think everyone was a little afraid of that initially. Not only afraid of going there but afraid of not being able to get to where we knew we were, where we were when we ended,” he said. “And I think what’s pretty amazing is that literally when the lights came on and we dropped to our knees and we’re in that same position as we were, it was like it was the next day.… The group is a tight group and this stuff doesn’t happen unless you feel safe.”
See more of EW’s interviews with the cast of The Walking Dead above and below.
The Walking Dead premieres on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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