Why Saying Farewell To Judith Was The Last Scene Chandler Riggs Filmed On TWD

Why Saying Farewell To Judith Was The Last Scene Chandler Riggs Filmed On TWD

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-03-06

After Daryl Dixon offers to take Judith, a dying Carl Grimes leans up to tell his little sister one last goodbye. In the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, the episode “Honors” was as heartbreaking and painful as promised by the writers.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

“You be good, okay?” said Carl Grimes about halfway through the episode. Earlier, we watched Carl’s surprisingly joyful acceptance of his fate. After writing letters to friends and family, he spends his final moments with his little sister.

Hat in hand, he spoke to her for the last time as everyone watched with tearful eyes and low-hung heads. “Be good…for Michonne. For dad,” he said.

The Final Scene With Carl Grimes And Judith

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

“Sometimes kids gotta show their parents the way,” said Carl Grimes, speaking more to his father than his sister. Then, as predicted by fans, Carl picked up the hat from his father and gave it to his little sister.

“This was dad’s, before it was mine,” he said about the Sheriff’s hat. “Now it’s yours. I don’t know. Just having it—it always kept dad with me. It made me feel as strong as him. It helped me. Maybe it will help you, too,” he concluded.

“Before mom died, she told me that I was going to beat this world. I didn’t, but you will,” he said. “I know you will.”

Chandler Riggs Talks About The Emotional Judith Scene

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

“The last scene that we shot was the goodbye scene with Judith. That was the one I was dreading the most because when I read the script, I was like, ‘God Lord, I’m going to have to say all this super depressing stuff.’ It was really sad,” he said on Talking Dead

“After we finished that scene, we walked out of the sewer and everyone had a patch over their head. Everyone was cheering. They brought a hat that Andy wore in Season 1,” concluded the actor. He actually shot the Rick-Michonne goodbye first.

For director Greg Nicotero, it was important to give the actors some room to run with this scene. In the sewer, they built the stage so he could keep the camera back, out of the way. This way, they could simply react to the emotions of the room.

“I really wanted to give Chandler a tremendous amount of space to do what he does really well. So we kept the set closed for a lot of stuff in the church,” added the director about the final scene.

Which part of this episode was most heart-wrenching for you?

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Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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