The Walking Dead: Dan Fogler ‘Luke’ Talks About The Show

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Dan Fogler is known in a number of films, like the Fantastic Beasts, Balls of Fury and even Kungfu Panda. He’s now taking on his latest most realistic role yet in AMC’s The Walking Dead. Portraying Luke, he is a member of Magna’s (Nadia Hilker) group that admits he was lucky to come across them when he did. Luke is a pacifist, he doesn’t want to make trouble with anyone most importantly with his own group that he considers family. Coming up to the Mid Season Finale, will Lukes fate be cut short on The Walking Dead? Or will he get lucky and survive the incoming villains, The Whisperers.

Dan Fogler talks with AMC about his time on set so far.

Q: What was your first day on set like? Were there any unique challenges in joining the show after the huge time jump?

A: It was really cool. We were thrown right into it. It’s this scene where we’re surrounded and we’re being directed by Greg [Nicotero]. So, you have this genius who is conducting this controlled chaos of walkers closing in on us from all sides. Even though it was the first day, it wasn’t hard to get into that mindset because of the way they set it up. Right away, I’m killing walkers and it’s this iconic moment where it looks like we’re done for. And suddenly, the walkers start getting picked off and we start running towards this voice in the middle of the woods, and it’s little Judith Grimes — but she’s not the little girl that we remember. She’s this 10-year-old who’s wearing her daddy’s hat and who just saved our lives. It was so surreal. So, that was the first day, man! [Laughs] Andrew [Lincoln] has set this high mark of giving it your all. You walk into that and you see that on set.

It’s really hot in Atlanta. On that day, particularly, it was scorching. We were wringing our shirts. It was like acting in a sauna. Sometimes when you take a job, you take it because it forces you out of your comfort zone. I’m a city boy. I need air conditioning! I don’t ride horses! [Laughs]

Q: What does it mean to Luke that Judith was the one to advocate for his group? Is there something pure about how she views them through her eyes?

A: He was a school teacher. He sees children as people that he’s supposed to protect and teach and nurture. Now, he sees this little girl wielding this weapon that’s bigger than she is and saving him. It’s intense for him to take in. On one hand, he wants to take the gun out of her hands and say, “Darling, I’m so sorry you have to be in this situation.” On the other hand, he’s eternally grateful. He sees her as very special. She’s a child of the new generation. In these intense times, you form these bonds very quickly. If someone saves your life, you are bound in loyalty to them. I think people will love her character. She’s like a spark plug. You see her with that hat and you know that she’s carrying on the mantle.

Q: Of course, joining a new community won’t come without some pushback – particularly from Michonne, who is head of security. What does Luke make of her?

A: Michonne is my favorite character from the books. I was really excited to work with Danai [Gurira]. You see her ride up like f—king Clint Eastwood on a horse with the katana on her back. Just seeing that iconic image and her interrogating us, you don’t have to act very much. [Laughs] It’s like, “You’re the boss. You’re absolutely right.” Luke and his little family have been together for a while and they’ve been having terrible luck. They’re in the middle of this nomadic journey, trying to find a place and living this caravan life. They’ve never seen anything like [Alexandria]. They have lovely houses, a windmill, a laundromat and pizza!… They’re in shock… It’s like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory when they get there.

Q: When asked who they are now versus who they were before, other group members choose new identities, but Luke still says he’s a music teacher. Any significance in that?  

A: He has this hope that one day, he’s going to be able to sit down with kids and teach them again. That philosophy has kept him sane. He’s had to do some terrible things in order to survive, but those things didn’t turn him into a murderer or a warrior. I think that’s really important because he’s found his purpose in life and he’s able to hold onto that. I love that.

Q: You’re among a diverse group and they feel so tight-knit onscreen. What was it like building that relationship with your cast mates?

A: We had about two weeks of rehearsal where we all stayed at the same hotel and we got to be a family, essentially. Each one of them is even more lovely than the next… The chemistry was there immediately and then there was the bonding experience over learning sign language. That was our special thing that helped us survive. Lauren [Ridloff] plays Connie and she was basically our secret weapon out in the wilderness. Even though she’s deaf, her other senses were extremely heightened and we were able to communicate in silence with each other. Angel [Theory], who plays Kelly, is an angel. [Laughs] She has such a sweet energy. She’s also partially deaf, so we learned from her as well. Then you have Yumiko [Eleanor Matsuura] and Magna [Nadia Hilker] who are kind of like two sisters on either side of the spectrum. Yumiko is the more logical one and Magna is fiery and spontaneous.

With Luke, I oftentimes feel like I’m speaking in my own voice. He’s me in a parallel universe if acting didn’t work out and the apocalypse happened. [Laughs] We formed a strong bond and I think it comes through on screen in each episode. Every time we save each other’s lives, the bond grows stronger.

Q: What are you most excited about when it comes to these final episodes of the first half of the season?  

A: Luke is a new kind of character for this show. First of all, I want people to look out for his professorial elbow patches because I asked for those. They scream “teacher” to me. The fact that he’d hold onto this blazer in the heat gave a nice clue into his character. There’s not a lot of comedy on the show, but I do get to have some light moments. He has a real zen attitude about life and that whimsical personality in the midst of chaos can be funny… You look at him and say, “How the hell did this guy survive?” He’s an odd duck, but this guy is smart, philosophical and he can defend himself.  He’s a great character to play. I’m excited for people to see me as a survivor.

All credit here goes to AMC and Tripwire Magazine where this Q&A was taken from.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays in the US at 9/8c on AMC, as well as 9pm Monday’s on FOX in the UK.

 

 

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The Walking Dead: Norman Reedus Finally Reveals The Name Of Daryl’s Dog!

After leaving us all guessing the name of Daryl’s dog (Belgian Malinois) after seeing the Sneek Preview this week, Norman Reedus has finally revealed the name of him.

We see in this Instagram Post that he confirms the name of the dog to be Seven. However what we don’t know is why he’s been called Seven. This is a much-needed companion for Daryl after exiling himself from the rest of the world, still searching for Ricks body.

However, we all know that animals don’t really live for that long in The Walking Dead. Countless horses, wild dogs, even pigs have had very little screen time. Daryl seems to be attached to this dog, and we all know how destructive he can be if he ever loses something he loves. Let’s just hope Seven is in it for the long run.

Norman Reedus tells ComicBook that working with Seven is “So good.”

“I love it. I think he’s the smartest cast member we got.”

“We just did a scene the other day that ended up being the opposite of what it was supposed to be because the dog just wanted to do something else, and it came out so much better. He’ll probably be running the show. It’s great! I love it. He loves me, too.”

Norman Reedus also tells Deadline that the second half of Season 9 is “F*cking epic.” 

“They’re f*cking epic, you know, and they’re just crushing and they’re severe, all of them,” Reedus told Deadline. “The show’s morphing into something else but it’s got the heart and the feel of the original show, there’s just new life breathing through it.”

The Walking Dead airs Sundays in the US at 9/8c on AMC, as well as 9pm Monday’s on FOX in the UK.

The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln’s View On Recasting Rick Grimes

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Back in 2010 on the 31st October, Rick Grimes story in the TV series The Walking Dead began. Waking up from his coma, he struggled to come to terms with the world. After finding a pizza delivery boy named Glenn (Steven Yeun) and a few others Rick travels with them back to their main camp just outside of the city. Finding his family Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) Rick had only one purpose in this post-apocalyptic world, which was to protect his family at all costs (But we all know how that turned out, poor Rick!).

But what would happen if Rick’s role was to be recast to a younger actor? Andrew Lincoln tells THR that he would be perfectly ok with a recasting of Rick.

“Why not? I think the possibilities are endless.”

“It’s an extraordinary environment and landscape, the mythology that Robert Kirkman has created, and I love that. I want to see that with Negan. That’s a backstory that I want to see on the mothership, I’m fascinated by it. But this franchise can pull people backwards and forwards. I would love to see Michael Rooker [who played Merle] back on screen in a miniseries. With these kinds of shows, we are afforded the opportunity to bounce around narratively and be able to play with time.”

We did see Rick work with his preapocalyptic and apocalyptic partner Shane (Jon Bernthal) one last time on Ricks final episode of The Walking Dead, which aired on the 4th of November 2018.

“It was a bit of a fever dream.”

“To have Bernthal show up with his Punisher hair straight from set felt both like so much time had passed and that no time had lapsed. We fell back into the same relationship. It was amazing to work with him, Sonequa Martin-Green and one of my favourite people, Scott Wilson. To have the privilege of working with him yet again was magnificent. There were three times this season that I came home and it just felt like this is why I became an actor. It reminded me of the early seasons and how much fun and how satisfying the whole journey has been.”

The Walking Dead airs Sundays in the US at 9/8c on AMC, as well as 9pm Monday’s on FOX in the UK.

How Did Aaron Get His ‘New’ Arm?

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Aaron (Ross Marquand) hasn’t had much luck since his arrival on the show. We’ve seen him be knocked out by Rick (Andrew Lincoln) trapped in a car with Daryl (Norman Reedus), surrounded by walkers (Ok maybe that could be a good thing), going overboard and almost being killed by walkers, completely beaten up by the Saviours, lost his boyfriend, and now most recently even lost his arm!

In Season 9 Episode 2 “The Bridge” a herd of walkers heads to the logging site after Justin (Zach McGowan) fails to respond to the signal to divert it away. As the herd enters the logging site, Aaron sacrifices himself to save someone else. However, in the process, he ends up having his arm completely crushed by a log.

After he gets back to camp after being saved by Rick and the other communities, Enid (Katelyn Nacon) is left alone to perform surgery on him after Siddiq (Avi Nash) leaves to treat the ill at Alexandria. Enid has no other choice but to amputate his arm as Daryl holds him down. That’s the last we see of Aaron in the episodes leading up to Ricks Departure.

“It’s not the end of the world anymore… It’s the start of a whole new one” – Aaron

Now, after the 6-year time jump we see Aaron stronger than ever, still with his adopted daughter Gracie as well as a new very skillfully crafted arm. But the question is, where on earth did he get that from? It’s certainly not from Thanos (Marvel) that’s for sure!

So, the only explanation I do have for the crafting of it would be from Hilltop. The book, “A key to the future” was given to Maggie by Georgie (Jayne Atkinson) in the exchange of a vinyl record collection, which tells us they’re from a very large established community if they’re looking for stuff like that. This book includes a huge amount of knowledge to rebuild civilisation, building blueprints, how to precisely look after crops and a huge amount of ideas and plans to build a future. Now, this book could also include things from a medical point of view like the amputation of an arm. Enid looks through a book as she’s about to amputate Aarons’ arm.

Yes, she is Siddiq’s apprentice so it would be the simple thing to do looking in a book to see how to amputate. However, this could also be foreshadowing for the future that to rebuild something as difficult as an arm could be in the book “A key to the future”. Remember Georgie’s group can only be a very established group so building a fake arm could certainly be in there.

But who could craft such a device? Earl (John Finn) is the official and only qualified Blacksmith that we’ve been told about. If you remember, Earl is the one that attacked Maggie (Lauren Cohan) after being persuaded by Gregory (Xander Berkeley) to assassinate her which failed. In the first episode of Season 9 Earls son Ken (AJ Achinger) talks about his father needing an apprentice. So we know that Earl is a qualified blacksmith, that has the knowledge to teach new people. 

Our only guess would be that Earl was the one that crafted the arm for Aaron, by following close instructions from the book “A key to the future”. We’ll eventually find out as the season unfolds.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Aaron, as with the loss of his boyfriend Eric (Keith Andrew Gostel) he gained an adopted daughter named Gracie. She was born in the apocalypse a few months before the war began between the Saviours and the Militia. But how did Aaron come across Gracie? Well. Her father who looked after her was killed in a fight with Rick Grimes. Expecting to find an armoury in the room he was guarding, Rick instead finds Gracie inside that reduces him to tears as he knows he can’t now leave her behind. He instantly thought of Judith and what would happen once Rick departed. Once the outpost has been secured, Rick brings Gracie outside and lets Aaron take care of her after he’s still distraught from losing his boyfriend, Eric.

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