Greg Nicotero Receives A Little Payback
To bring some comedy to The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero and company decided Rick and Michonne needed a date. At one point during “Say Yes,” that meant Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira getting soaked with water.
While trying to snipe walkers outside of a carnival, Michonne and Rick fell through a rooftop. Water had been sitting on the roof since the outbreak, so the roof was no longer sturdy and gave way due to their weight.
Unfortunately, this also meant both the actors got soaked with water.
Creating A John Hughes Moment On TWD
“That was my Sixteen Candles moment,” said director Greg Nicotero. “I blocked it like that because I really thought there were some fun, intimate moments there. It was so important for me that we felt that and we believe it.”
All in all, the director believes it is an episode about big wins. Not only does the couple grow closer, but they also find supplies and guns. Plus, they have fun while working together to outsmart the walkers and gather supplies.
In a way, it’s like a vacation for the characters. But there was some payback involved for the water scene after the rooftop fall.
Allowing Michonne To Open Up…
In somewhat of a payback moment, the actors got to toss water on the director so everyone could chime in on the fun. Like a coach winning the big game and being soaked, Nicotero also got his drenching moment.
The director was happy to play along. However, he believes the episode is one of the best he’s ever done. “It was a challenging episode because the tone was so dramatically different. That’s what I liked about it,” said Greg Nicotero.
“Say Yes” also allowed for Michonne actor Danai Gurira to strip away parts of her stoic character. Her character has been very closed-off in the past, and it’s almost hard to picture her sword-carrying, pet walker self-enjoying mac-and-cheese.
What was your favorite part about the “Say Yes” episode?