Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” ended with the main group of survivors taking in new arrivals, and to accommodate them, the prison complex where they are holding up has been modified for season 4.
The series picks up several months after the finale, and stepping up in this new world is Glenn, played by Steven Yeun, who continues his crucial role in protecting the group and, especially, Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
Here are excerpts of interviews with Yeun then with Cohan:
(Q&A with Yeun)
Q: Can you to talk a little bit about the relationship with Maggie? We saw last season Glenn managed to get an engagement ring very cheaply!
SY: For free! The cost was a little gruesome.
Q: Yeah. So can you talk about that scene where he took the ring off the zombie’s finger and then the proposal? They were played so well.
SY: Oh, thank you. That was a really great scene to play. I was hoping to capture the kind of the beauty and grace and tragedy of the new world versus the old world. The old world is filled with so much pomp and circumstance and tradition and the new world doesn’t have time for any of that. It is just bare-bones survival, and yet in that moment Glenn looks at this walker and he takes something of hers, he takes from the walker. You could always say this walker is nothing right now, but it definitely used to be an individual, who had a life, who had a family, who was married, who was given that ring and so to take away that ring is kind of a very ‘Giving Tree-esque’ situation. He’s taking from what is now this kind of new Earth, this new place. I definitely wanted to play it so he’s somehow inadvertently thanking the walker, as well, for the ring and also being completely disgusted with what the real world is. And in the proposal, I definitely also didn’t want to play it so that it would be so traditional, being down on one knee. I think the situation that they were in couldn’t call for that kind of romance or pomp and circumstance in that situation. I think it was a realistic moment in that there was impending doom and they knew a war was brewing. I think it was that one moment to mutually agree and understand that those two are together and it’s not one person asking another person to marry them per se, it’s two people coming together and agreeing that this bond if formed and even if it is fleeting, is an act, a traditional move, a real bonding moment together, just to say that we are together, that this is what it takes, in the symbolism of a ring, then that’s what it takes.
Q: You mentioned the word ‘traditional’ and in a sense Glenn was a little bit old-fashioned in that he felt less comfortable getting ‘romantic’ with Maggie in front of the walkers last season.
SY: Yeah (laughs). I guess there is always an element that I love about this world and the show, it that it’s not plain nothing that’s coming at us, but they still hold a bit of their humanity, at least in their face, their body, they are old humans, they are people, now they are just walking mindless, brainless zombies. It’s cool to constantly play that these are people of their past; they could be watching, maybe they just can’t talk, they are just extremely hungry!
(Q&A with Cohan)
Q: What can you tell us about her relationship with Glenn (Steven Yeun)? And where that is headed?
LC: Maggie and Glenn, this season, they’re a secure couple, not necessarily secure in this world but this couple that really has each other’s backs and really take on all these challenges together. There is a symbiosis to that, and you know where one is lacking the other one lifts up. There is a caution in Glenn’s attitude at the beginning of the season, and I think Maggie’s sort of duty is to encourage him. He is very strong, but he is still wary. That is where we see two sides of the same coin in their relationship.
Q: Is it easier being in a committed relationship in a zombie apocalypse?
LC: No more than in the real world, the challenges of loving someone, and opening yourself up to hurt are probably heightened, because that person has a high likelihood of biting it. Getting bitten! I think it is not worth it without that though, that’s one of Maggie’s revelations this year, definitely. What is it all for, if you are not going to share, especially if you have less time? I think in our own lives, and definitely in my life, if I can say I plan to do this, then why am I waiting, why shouldn’t it be right now, that I am fulfilling these things that I want to do, and I think that’s what our characters also have. Life is short, really, really, really short, so embrace it.
Q: So, you are the only couple on set, that is quite a unique position that you are in, playing that, so how does it feel? You are the couple everyone is rooting for, but are you also afraid this is going to end at some point, and may end badly?
LC: Yeah, of course. The potential, it’s funny, because there is that and there are so many new dangers that you wouldn’t have even thought about that come up now. The part of Maggie that I’ve always liked is it gives you the hope when you are watching, it can’t all be disaster. It’s great because we have the family dynamic, and the family dynamic extends this season with the community we have, that we have created at the prison, and I think you need it, and I think it’s fun to see a little romance.
In Singapore, The Walking Dead Premieres 20 October 2013, 10pm with a new episode every Sunday on FOX Movies Premium, SingTel mio TV Ch. 414 or StarHub TV Ch. 622.
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