AMC’s blog recently had a little Q&A with Melissa McBride (Carol) asking her questions about shooting her action-packed Season 5 scenes and how Carol has changed over time. Check out her answers below:
Q: Tell us more about the scene in the Season 5 premiere where you’re walking among zombies who are covered in flames, gun in your hand, after you’ve just caused the Terminus explosion. How bad-ass did you feel?
A: [Laughs.] Well, it was frightening because she could have been mistaken for a walker. She’s thinking, “I’m going to do the best I can here and hopefully make it out alive,” but there was a very good chance that anything could happen. It was awesome shooting all of that – the sequences of going into Terminus, the explosion, walking with walkers on fire, the fight with Mary, the reunion – just all of it. There wasn’t any part of “me” or Carol feeling bad-ass. It was about not knowing any different. This is what she had to do. It’s where we are.
Q: Did you have to go through any training for your fight with Mary in Terminus?
A: Mary and I did tumble around on the floor quite a bit, but the stunt double went into those candle holders. They didn’t want to take any chance of us landing wrong or catching on fire. They are very well-trained and did such an amazing job. We just picked up from where they landed on the floor.
Q: In Episode 506, Carol talks about all these identities of herself that have “burned away.” Have you ever experienced something like that, changing so much that the person you were no longer exists?
A: Definitely. I feel like with growing up and going through life experiences, I have to say goodbye to different aspects of myself that are no longer useful to me. I think we are always in a state of becoming. It’s wonderful.
Q: What advice would you give Carol about her identity crisis?
A: I would say, “Hang in there. Don’t lose your head.”