“The Walking Dead” executive producer Angela Kang is opening up about the final days of filming the long-running show, which is wrapping up its eleventh season.
Kang recently sat down with Deadline to reveal a bit more information about the final days of filming “The Walking Dead” and Norman Reedus’ on-set injury.
Angela Kang Talks Norman Reedus’ Head Injury: ‘Everybody Handled It Beautifully’
On one of the final days of filming back in March, Norman Reedus, who has played Daryl Dixon from the pilot, had a head injury on set that pushed the final day of filming back. When asked about the incident, Kang replied, “Anytime anybody’s injured in any way on set, even if it’s minor, we’re just worried.”
“The whole thing was at the time was that he hit his head,” she explained. “It was an accident, and it was all reported properly at the time. He didn’t want to go to the doctor, but on the day that he did need to, I was staying late. I hadn’t gotten to set yet. I was planning to go there later. So, I was working on something else when I just got a call that it was happening.”
“But everybody handled it beautifully, and Norman was taken care of,” she added. “He’s doing great, but you know, it’s…I think for all of us, we’re all just very worried. We all care very much about everyone who’s part of the cast. So, it was definitely a surprising call, but you know, it’s just a testament to everybody that’s kind of around him, that they took care of him, made sure that he didn’t have to go alone, and then he’s back and doing his thing.”
Angela Kang Stays Silent On Possibility Of Crossovers In ‘TWD’ Spin-Off Series
She also dropped a small clue about the planned spin-off with Melissa McBride, who plays Carol. Although that spin-off is still untitled, there is Maggie and Negan’s “Isle of the Dead” spin-off set in New York City coming up after the finale. With the series’ first spin-off show, “Fear the Walking Dead” still going strong, and a new anthology series, “Tales of the Walking Dead,” still in the works, fans want to know if they can see any crossovers between their favorite characters in the new series.
‘There Is A Universe That Continues To Expand’
However, Kang was quick to shut down the discussion, saying, “You know I can’t get into anything universe-related, but I think because there is a universe that continues to expand. I think for those of us that are involved in it, it’s great to see that there are characters that are going to have a life beyond, and then that means that there are also possibilities for everybody else, too.”
Angela Kang Says It Feels ‘Surreal’ Now That ‘The Walking Dead’ Has Wrapped Production
Kang said, “it feels surreal” now that “The Walking Dead” had finally finished filming the final episodes of its eleventh and last season.
“You know, for a lot of us that have been on the show for a very long time, it doesn’t totally feel like it’s over,” she explained. “In fact, in some ways, it’s because it’s not. I’ve got another six months of intensive post-work to do, and we’ve got PR and marketing and events and Comic-Cons and premieres and things to deal with. So, it feels like, on one hand, it’s not done, but production is such a significant part of just the group working together.”
There Were ‘A Lot Of Tears’ On Wrap Day
When asked about the final day, Kang said, “It was definitely very…you know, a lot of tears were shed over many days, but also just a lot of hugs were exchanged and love was exchanged.”
“It was one of those things where so many people have bonded so closely, that everybody kept saying, like, this isn’t goodbye,” she continued. “This is just a ‘see ya later’, or wait ‘till the next one. We’re all going to be in touch, so don’t even say goodbye. So, it was that kind of a vibe I think with the group, which was lovely.”
Angela Says Her Job Is ‘Not Over And Done’
Kang explained that, although the final filming days have wrapped, her job is far from over. “I mean, I’m not over and done,” she said. “You know, the schedule is so different this time around, because, usually, from the time we finish the season to the time we air the final block is usually much shorter. In some ways, in the final season, we’ve had to do so many more episodes, that there’s still lots to do.”
“So, it’s just a lot of process, and I think, for me, whatever part of the process I’m in, I’m trying to give it my all, and so just my head is still very much in,” she continued. “I just did a ton of post-work on Friday, and I’ve got more coming up in a couple of days, and still giving notes on this and that. So, it’s really…it’s odd, I’ll say. It’s just odd living in a different world.”