Filming on The Walking Dead has now officially come to an end, although we haven’t seen how it all pans out on the screen. It’s been 11 seasons of zombie-slaying action, and it’ll soon be over.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, star Lauren Cohan (Maggie) said that the fact that production had come to an end did not sink in until afterwards. Cohan is used to being away from the program and is already planning a spinoff series, Isle of the Dead. “It is such a combination of feelings,” she said. “Right now, it doesn’t feel like we’re finished. It just sort of feels like we’re on summer break or we’re on hiatus. I’ll probably know better in three months. But then, in three months, I’ll be doing the other one. So I don’t know if I’ll ever know.”
While the main series may be over, there are numerous spinoffs in the works. Cohan will star with Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s (Negan) in Isle of the Dead, which takes place in New York City. There’s also the anthology program Tales of the Walking Dead, as well as Rick Grimes movies that may or may not yet exist.
However, with Isle of the Dead filming in New York, Cohan and his crew will be leaving Georgia, which has long been the show’s primary location. That was when Cohan finally realized the ending of The Walking Dead was a reality. “It definitely felt final during our last episode,” Cohan said, “just because I won’t see those people in that configuration together in Georgia.”
It’s amazing the way even just looking at a certain grouping of trees can actually conjure all this emotion. You just think of how many times you’ve been there or the conversations you’ve had sitting on the porch of Barrington house at the Hilltop. It’s the little things. It’s just the day-to-day, mundane, sweet little things that are actually what I will miss. But it’s the people that you’ll miss the most that you’ll stay in touch with, too.
Cohan has spent ten years playing Maggie, having joined the cast in season 2 in 2011. During that time, the crew and cast became a family, and Cohan made sure everyone kept in touch:
On the last day we were leaving, I was with Ross [Marquand] and Seth [Gilliam]. And I was like, ‘Okay guys, let’s just make a pact. You never need to explain. If you want to just call for no reason, just do it. Don’t question it. Just pick up the phone and call, and we will pick up the phone to each other.’ It’s that weird thing of we’ve been through this together in a way nobody can relate to but us, and it feels good. Here’s hoping the last eight episodes feel good to viewers as well.
The Walking Dead‘s final eight episodes, including the series finale, will air later this year on AMC. The Isle of the Dead premiere will take place in 2023.
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