If you haven’t seen episode 9 “Home” and don’t want to be spoiled do not read on!
Entertainment Weekly got a chance to sit down with Glen Mazzara to talk about tonight’s episode “Home”. They talk about the big deaths, Shane and Lori, Rick going crazy, The Governor, Axel and Carol, and a bunch of other things.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So I was watching the episode and thinking how I was really getting into Axel and the different, less-stressed vibe he brings to the show — especially with all the drama everyone else is going through — and then you go and kill the guy! What gives?
GLEN MAZZARA: That was a really tough choice because we had to have the Governor exact some revenge. If he just shot up the prison without resulting in someone’s death it would have looked completely impotent. So now you start looking at characters and which character is going to go. And we evaluated almost every character — is it time to kill this character or that character? Unfortunately, the axe fell Axel’s way. It was tough because there may have been more story with him. I think we were just finding that character. I loved what he added. It was just that someone had to go and that was a really, really tough choice. That was something that I wrestled with almost more than say, Lori, because I knew we were getting story out of Lori’s death. So this was a different kind of death that was tied into the existing story but it didn’t prompt further story. I did really feel that loss. That was a tough one. I wish…. I didn’t see another way out of it.
EW: Unlike the Shane or Lori deaths which build up over a few minutes and you have time to prepare for something horrible to happen, this just came completely out of nowhere, which provides a completely different kind of shock for the viewer.
MAZZARA: Yeah, he didn’t know what hit him. He’s telling a story and says “One time…” and then he’s hit. And you know what? If that bullet didn’t come, maybe there would have been a nice little romance with Axel and Carol. Because I think she really was enjoying that conversation. And it was nice to see her somewhat happy for once.
EW: I spoke with Lew Temple, who played Axel, and he felt there was something brewing there romantically with the two of them. Obviously, in Axel’s head, he would have liked that, and Carol seemed to be warming to the possibility as well.
MAZZARA: I think there was. Yeah, I do think that. He was fun to write. He was a good guy. And you hate for the good guys to lose.
EW: Tell me about the whole siege that followed it.
MAZZARA: That was the sequence that whenever I was getting stressed out on the job just from the pressures of showrunning, I would just go and watch that sequence over and over. I just love it. I think it’s flawlessly directed and I love the sound design and the music and the editing. I think that’s Walking Dead filmmaking at its best.
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