Actress Lauren Cohan is used to seeing blood and guts while filming “The Walking Dead,” but there was one line in Sunday’s midseason finale that really made her sick to her stomach!
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress behind Maggie Rhee revealed which scene really made her feel like she was about to throw up.
Lauren Cohan Talks The Midseason Finale Scene She ‘Absolutely Hated’
During the midseason finale, “Acts of God,” Maggie was captured by her nemesis Leah (Lynn Collins), who was out for revenge. Although the episode culminated in a big brawl between the two, most fans were talking about a scene that took place earlier in the episode where Maggie asks Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to watch over her son, Hershel, despite the fact that Negan famously killed Maggie’s husband Glenn with his baseball bat named Lucille.
When Negan says that Hershel “doesn’t exactly trust me,” Maggie replies, “But I am starting to. You saved him at Riverbend. Whatever else happens, and whatever else has happened, I will never forget that.”
According to Cohan, saying that line made her sick to her stomach! She explained that saying that line “felt like throwing up.”
“Maggie knows there are these qualities of protectiveness that Negan has towards young people and that he has changed,” she continues. “None of that really changes how she feels. It just means she has enough to go on to make this very difficult but necessary decision in this moment. But it is largely bolstered by the time and the instinct she has about Annie [Medina Senghore] — both Annie herself and the person Negan can be in connection with Annie.”
“But I absolutely hated it,” she continued. “And I was like, ‘I think the reason I hate this is also why she hates it.’ ‘She’ being Maggie. It’s like ‘Ugh, this is this moment, and this is what this is, but I’m going by myself, and I have to finish this, and you have to take care of my kid. And right now you’re the best person for it.’ And, you know, he’s not going to be alone with him. I feel like I’m just justifying all these reasons, but it is true. So yeah, it’s huge, that moment.”
When asked about what that could mean for their relationship moving forward, Cohan replied, “I hate to say it, but it really is just about this moment. I don’t hate to say it, but I hate it for Negan’s sake, because I know he is trying his darnedest to redeem himself in Maggie’s eyes. I don’t think it’s ever going to happen, but she needs his help at that moment. It’s the best option she’s got, and there it is.”
Lauren Cohan Says ‘It Was Rad’ Filming The Big Fight With Lynn
When asked about filming the big fight scene, Cohan said, “It was rad.” She said that Lynn “is such a cool cat and we just had a blast shooting that.”
“The scene was great,” Cohan explained. “Catriona McKenzie, who directed it, was amazing. She wanted an Atomic Blonde episode. She wanted this savage true fight to the death that these people would actually have to engage in. You don’t really have to say that twice for us to just go whole hog into the stunt.”
“On a very pure physical level, it’s so fun to do the stunts,” she continued. “We learned the whole thing. Then Marcelle, who does my stunts, who’s actually the greatest bada– I’ve ever met, if it’s a real crash into something, or if it’s slamming to the ground, or those sort of things, then she’ll step in for that. But the choreography, and the kicking, and the punching, and everything else, we did the whole routine.”
“We definitely learn the whole thing, and you kind of have to, because if you try to do it in pieces, it’s harder,” she added. That’s why doing it with someone like Lynn was so great, because we’re both just very, very locked in. And you have to remember everything clearly, because missing one move means that your elbow goes in somebody’s cheekbone. And the headbutt actually makes it all the way to your head.”
When asked if she had any final words for the final eight episodes of the series, Cohan teased, “We are homeless and outnumbered, but we never quit. And we have each other.”