The first half of The Walking Dead Season 7 had issues in fans eyes, even a member of the cast disliked one part of it. From Comicbook.com and an interview with NME, Lennie James, who plays Morgan Jones, is with a lot of the fanbase of not being a fan of the cast being divided up in the series. If you were one of those on social media and beyond unhappy about the division, James is right with you on that one. As you had part of the cast in Alexandria, then another in The Kingdom, and more, it was a major complaint about the series. If you’re wondering why Lennie James was unhappy, I’ll put a quote from the interview below so you can see for yourself.
Lennie James illuminates that with one complaint of The Walking Dead this season, the fans definitely weren’t alone on disliking the division.
“And because we filmed The Kingdom in a completely different area to where they were filming Alexandria, the Hilltop, or the Saviors, it meant that no one was close to each other. When we starting filming the first episode, there was a moment where everybody sort of came together – and then everybody split up. I didn’t see Andy for six weeks because we weren’t filming in the same place. We live kind of close to each other [in Atlanta], but we weren’t either filming at the same places or at the same times, and in the end the only time I did see him was when we were both on a plane back to London to see our families. I hated it, it was horrible.
If you speak to anyone from The Walking Dead cast – and if you say this on another job, it’s a lie – then you know that everyone just gets on, and that you want to hang out and be around one other. But they were filming stupid hours, and because you have so much time off – there was one point where I had three episodes off – I just went off to see my kids. What could I do in Atlanta for that amount of time – and I love Atlanta – so I would leave town, as everyone else did [when they weren’t shooting]. I hated it. I said to Scott: “I see what you’re doing, I respect what you’re doing, but don’t ever do this to me again because I hate it.” I just didn’t see people.
And then there’s whole bunches of people that you meet at the wrap party who you’ve never met before! You’re like, “Who are you and what are you doing on my show?” There were just loads of people going: “Hi, I’m such and such and I play…” I don’t know you, go away! Where’s my mates? It was horrible, I hated it – meeting people at a wrap party and they don’t even look like themselves. It’s just stupid.”
Pretty interesting huh? Goes to show you that the people on The Walking Dead don’t like being separated for long.
Now despite his issues with the division, he does stand by the pacing of this show this season. I can see what he means about the pacing, especially with King Ezekiel. Note this quote from the interview.
This quote does illuminate a few more things about the pacing of the season.
“There’s certainly more action in the second half. But I’m sorry that people felt that the first eight episodes were a bit slow. I think we’ve earned the right, to be honest. I’m always going to defend the show because I think it in itself has earned the right to go: “Let’s just take a second, because we know where we’re going.” There were a lot of people who needed to be introduced [this season]. If they’d gone, “Oh, by the way, this is Ezekiel, he’s got a tiger, let’s go!” then people would be saying the opposite. There’s characters to introduce, there’s people to get to know, and we need to spread the worlds [of the story] – introducing us to Negan isn’t just about us meeting Negan and meeting the immediate Saviors around him. His influence is massive, and we are becoming aware of how far his influence has spread – even people that we haven’t met yet are already paying their dues to Negan. So we need to take time to do that.”
It’s interesting to hear his thoughts on the pacing of The Walking Dead, I can’t help but agree to a point.
What do you all think of Lennie James and his thoughts on this season of The Walking Dead? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below. It’s been a divisive season for the fanbase, but at least one of the cast agrees with one part of it at least.
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The Walking Dead comes back for the second half of the season on February 12 at 9 pm Eastern on AMC.