Season 7 of The Walking Dead had some downright gruesome moments. But it had a few fun and goofy ones as well. And the story behind perhaps the goofiest moment of all can be found on The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD sets available Aug. 22.
At the start of the season’s third episode “The Cell” — the one where Daryl is tortured by Negan and the Saviors — we see Dwight watching an old VHS copy of the opening credits to the 1980s sitcom Who’s the Boss? How did this end up happening? It turns out it came down to a few chance meetings between Who’s the Boss? star Tony Danza and Walking Dead favorite Norman Reedus.
“I ran into Tony Danza a couple of times actually,” Reedus says during the commentary track for “The Cell.” “It was originally in Atlanta at a wrap party a couple of seasons ago. And then I saw him again in front of The Four Seasons. And then his manager ended up sending an email via someone else to me about Tony doing something.”
That’s right, it seems Danza is a big Walking Dead fan and his team reached out about the former Tony Micelli appearing in some fashion on the AMC hit. When Reedus informed showrunner Scott M. Gimple of the interest, it eventually led to the screen-within-a-screen cameo. “[Scott] had asked me, ‘Hey, send an email and see if it’d be cool if we did something to the credits with his show.’”
It all worked out, but one thing that did not make the final cut, according to Reedus, was a creative suggestion from Danza’s manager. “We did that and then his manager wrote me back and said something like ‘Oh, it’s cool. It would be cool if Norman said like, ‘Oh, see — he’s still the boss.” Or something like that. Something crazy. Which, of course, we didn’t do.”
Cheesy one-liners aside, Reedus and The Walking Dead team have nothing but love for their celebrity fan turned cameo star. “He’s super cool,” says Reedus of Danza.
That’s not the only secret revealed during the season 7 commentary tracks. Here are a few other tidbits spilled by the stars and producers. Click through all three pages to read all the secrets of The Walking Dead. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
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