A 'Walking Dead' Postmortem With Producer Gale Anne Hurd: 'We Don't Do Anything Particularly Random'
Whoa! That was a plot-packed episode of "The Walking Dead." Everyone is accounted for, cliffhangers were solved, and new characters and mysteries were introduced. We're still trying to digest all that happened, so we went right to the source — "TWD" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd — to get scoop on the episode we just saw and the danger that lurks ahead for the survivors (one word: Terminus).
So much happens in "Inmates." It's the equivalent of two or three episodes of any other show. Why pack so much into this one episode?
We have our survivors split up. In the first episode of the back eight, we really focused on Carl and Rick and a little bit on Michonne. It was important very quickly to reconnect with most of the other groups and see how they're doing. That was the focus of this episode. It was to give some insight into how they're struggling, what their frame of mind is and how difficult it is now that they've lost the prison.
In addition to all the big things, there were so many little surprises: That Glenn didn't know Hershel had been killed, and that Tyreese didn't even know Carol wasn't at the prison.
You can imagine how much tension that's going to bring as the season continues to play out.
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Across the next six episodes, what's the overall focus? The fractured groups trying to get back together?
It's also [everyone] continuing to battle demons as well. We've seen the tension that had built between Rick and Carl. We're going to continue to see how the loss of the prison, how the loss of Hershel, affects everyone, in addition to their hope of reuniting.
Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) in The Walking Dead
Speaking of Hershel, it was a great tribute to him that he is the source of hope that is pushing so many people forward, especially Beth and Glenn. Is that Hershel's lasting legacy?
I think the impact of Hershel has affected everyone and will continue to do so, hopefully even beyond this season. He was a sage, he was wise, he was kind, he was selfless. That kind of loss, whether you are a blood relative like Beth and Maggie or just part of his surrogate family is just … the one thing I think that he would be proud of is the positive impact that he's had on so many of the survivors, and that the loss instilled that even more deeply. But it will also serve to challenge people not to give up hope.