Seth Gilliam and Ross Marquand muse about the world in chaos, on set and off


Seth Gilliam(left) and Ross Marquand in “The Walking Dead” —PHOTO COURTESY OFAMC

A whole lot of blood has been spilled since guilt-stricken Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and grieving Aaron (Ross Marquand) have been first launched to viewers of “The Walking Dead” in Season 5 (in the episodes, “Strangers” and “Them,” respectively). Each of them has a personality arc that’s as compelling as the ravenous zombies pursuing them in “The Walking Dead’s” 10-season run.

Gabriel was a priest who locked parishioners out of his church to ensure his personal security. Aaron, on the different hand, is the sequence’ first overtly homosexual character who should come to phrases with the dying of his lover Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson), then later finally ends up killing the Whisperers’ second-in-command Beta (Ryan Hurst).

Last week, Aaron and Gabriel discovered themselves at the heart of “One More,” one in all Season 10’s edgiest bonus episodes, which options Mays, an unhinged character that’s even scarier than any of the famished and flesh-nibbling walkers, portrayed to sinister perfection by Robert Patrick.

Knowing that they started portraying characters that exist in a world torn aside by a pandemic lengthy earlier than the coronavirus-fueled pandemic introduced the world to its knees, how has “The Walking Dead” helped put together Seth and Ross for the COVID-19 scourge?

“It helped me personally in that, when I heard that they were going to do another 30 episodes of the show, it was something for me to look forward to,” Seth shared. “That made each day a little better and more bearable, because it allowed me to get back to doing what I love to do. But ours is such a different pandemic compared to this insidious virus that we have floating around the world today.”

But, sure, there actually was that feeling of hopelessness, admitted Ross: “I believe all of us felt that extra in the starting of the pandemic, as a result of it simply appeared like there have been no clear solutions and, oftentimes, no clear management pointing us in the proper course as to how we have been going to beat this factor.

“If there is anything that I’ve taken away from the show, it’s that you can always bounce back from the worst of situations if you come together and work as a community.”

Our Q&A with Ross and Seth:

The present is legendary for killing well-loved characters. Whose dying have been you most affected by?

Ross (R): Watching Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) die was the hardest, not simply because I appreciated Steven and Michael as folks, but additionally as characters. It was doubly tougher to see that brutality if you’re simply 5 to 10 ft away from these deaths being performed out by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). It seemed very actual and generated such a visceral response from all people in that circle. I nonetheless see flashes of that scene to this present day, and I get actually freaked out.

Seth (S): For me, it was the dying of Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman), who’s a fierce fighter—a mild large with an enormous coronary heart. But his coronary heart was bigger than it’s prepared to battle. His dying was very poetic to me.

Weren’t you scared that your characters could be subsequent on the chopping block?

S: The solely worry that I’ve had about getting killed off was considering what my subsequent appearing job was going to be. I do know that deaths in “The Waking Dead” are all impactful and dramatic, so any dying scene that’d come could be enjoyable to play. But then, the finality of it might hit me and I’d be like, “Well, how am I going to eat next month?”

R: Yeah, in the starting levels of the present, I used to be, to a sure level, in a lot debt and as much as my eyeballs with over $100,000 in debt. When you don’t work for a lot of, a few years, and you lastly get that very best job, you simply need to cling to it greater than something.

In these first two seasons, I used to be continually apprehensive about getting killed off. Then, you simply need to let go and say, “I trust this industry or this show to give me whatever is needed to keep me working. But it’s definitely “feast or famine” in this trade, so we’re very grateful to be working for any period of time.

Looking again, particularly now that the present is gearing as much as an finish, what have been moments you’re notably happy with that may have flown underneath viewers’ radar?

S: I’m notably happy with not passing out on digital camera from the scorching Georgia warmth (laughs). I’m happy with myself for with the ability to stand there, spit out my traces and make them make sense.

R: One of my favourite episodes that I labored on was in Season 7, after I (as Aaron) was attempting to get the Oceansiders to affix the battle. I did that whereas I used to be lined in mud and blood, and rolling round take after take in the freezing rain. That’s if you’re go, “Oh yeah, I work in ‘The Walking Dead.’” This is a superb present that actually assessments you, mentally and bodily.

To which do you suppose does the sequence owe its sturdiness?

S: To the common themes it tackles. I believe it speaks to what we’re like at our worst and what we’re as a society. I additionally suppose it’s made extra fascinating by a plethora of colourful characters—from somebody as younger as Judith (Cailey Fleming) to somebody as outdated as Herschel (Scott Wilson). So, all people will get an opportunity to decorate up and take care of these points and I believe it’s one in all the causes behind its endurance.

R: Yeah, Josh McDermott, who portrays Eugene Porter, actually hit the nail on the head when he mentioned in an interview years in the past that the sequence has all kinds of characters to see your self in, whether or not you relate to the strongest characters—like Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) or Michonne (Danai Gurira)—or its most flawed. But the actuality is, we do not know how we’d react to an actual apocalyptic state of affairs—and I believe that uncertainty is one in all the present’s largest strengths.

Season 10 of “The Walking Dead” airs Mondays at 11:45 a.m. and 9 p.m. on FOX (channel 50 on SkyCable and channel 233 on Cignal).

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