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Scott Gimple Answers Fan Questions

Here are some excerpts from a recent article from AMC, where fans submitted their questions to Scott Gimple! We picked our favorites and pasted them below:

Q: For this Season Finale, how did you decide whom will survive and who wouldn’t? Which factors do you use to make this decision? – Ming Lee

A: We were fulfilling the overall stories that we had from the beginning of the season. And with those stories — though anybody could die at any time — it doesn’t mean that they have to. It seemed like somewhat of a stretch to do that. I don’t ever want to use it for just shock value. Deaths can be totally random, actually; there doesn’t have to be this giant, built story that leads to a death. In this case we had decided it really wasn’t a part of the stories we were doing. If in fact every finale had death, that would be pretty predictable. We don’t want people setting their watches by The Walking Dead deaths.

Q: Do you have any ratio in mind of doom and despair vs. hope and happiness when you plan out the season? – Lou81

A: I definitely do not have an exact ratio, but I do think it is incredibly important with every show to portray both darkness and light, otherwise neither one means anything. Even in the very difficult circumstances and heartbreaking landscape that they’re in, they’re human beings. And human beings do find hope and they do find love and they do find moments where they can laugh, even. And I think that sort of thing makes for the darker stuff to be even more heartbreaking. Episode 14, “The Grove” was a real example of sweetness and bitterness, and then sweetness again. To go through something as horrible as that and still come out the other side with a story of forgiveness — I was just really thrilled. I don’t think hope is looked at [enough]; hopelessness is en vogue, so I think it’s really cool that hope is a little punk rock.

Q: What kind of person would survive the best in an apocalypse: someone who is an adult when the apocalypse starts (like Rick), someone who is a child when the apocalypse starts (like Carl) or someone who was born during the apocalypse and doesn’t know the world before (like Judith)? – Dorrie

A: I would say if someone like Judith can make it to adolescence, I think they’re probably best equipped to survive. But making it to adolescence at that age is a pretty difficult thing in this world.

Check out the full article here!

  1. Stuart Ormston April 4, 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

    I have always said that what makes the shocking moments more shocking is when you have hope only for it to be taken away at any moment. Without hope, what are we really left with in the show? It would be like watching SAW 19 (or whatever they are up to) not really caring who lives or dies and just waiting for the next death. It was nice to have none of the main cast die in the last episode, because it served the story, not just for the sake of killing someone.

  2. Jason Thomas April 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply
  3. thewalkingdeadfanatic2 April 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    everyone thinks that they steaks mary keeps cooking up are people….but explain me this, why would they waste their own meal on people they will feed to others? It just keeps going around in a circle…no definate explanation! But, what say they drugged the steaks to make the groups pass out, to make them easier to pack in to the train car? I definately think they are eating people- notice the skeletons pulled of their meat as Carl, Michonne, Rick, and Dary run away from the termites. But I dont think its people that they were trying to feed the groups. I think the: “WE FIRST ALWAYS” on the wall of the creepy-ass shrine means that they will alway be the first priority- even if that means eating others. plus, realize that Gareth says: “The people here become a part of us.” Part of their stomach, and part of the shrine. This is just my opinion.

    • Bastet April 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Only small groups of victims trickle in here and there because large groups aren’t travelling all together. They can keep people alive for a little while, just on water. I’ve read where people mentioned doping the meat to drug their victims but that also means that they are poisoning their own source of food, unless they separate it… highly unlikely, because cannibals are cannibals because they are starving. They look too put together to have deeper issues like “The Hills Have Eyes” inbreds. They are probably picking off their victims one by one while giving the others water & the BBQ is for their own.

  4. Kaitlyn Rapp April 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I think Carl would just because he knows how to survive outside of the apoctaliptic world and inside it

  5. ZooCooper April 8, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Gareth, in my opinion is luring in survivors to have them hauled to Negan as tribute. The comics ( that I have only browsed ) have Negan demanding supplies from the outposts. Why would it not also mean that he demanded disposable people? People to go on runs, be bait for walkers, whatever is going on with Negan will have to be 10 times more severe than what the Governor was doing. His people (the ones with skills and strength) where disposable. So I think they use the rail system as a way to travel between outposts and as a highway for Negan to collect. I wrote in the recap and discussion forum my predictions of season 5 episode 1 about them being fed the buried guns from Carol and Tyrese. Though I didn’t finish my prediction, this is ultimately where I was going to lead.

  6. Sterling April 11, 2014 at 4:53 am - Reply

    “I think it’s really cool that hope is a little punk rock.” Scott Gimple, what a fucking poser/tool.


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