Walking Dead’s Michael Zegen Eulogizes [Spoiler]
After last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, the chatter about [SPOILER]’s demise was so loud, it could’ve woken the dead! But another character was killed off, too — our heroes’ hostage, Randall, played by Michael Zegen (who you most likely remember as Denis Leary’s nephew on Rescue Me or know as Bugsy Siegel on Boardwalk Empire). Isn’t it about time he was given his due? TVLine thought so, too. Hence, this Q&A with the dearly departed.
TVLINE | How big a bummer is it that you bit the dust The Walking Dead, but all the attention has been on Shane’s passing?
[Laughs] Yeah, well, Shane was a much bigger character. [But] I’ve read a lot of the stuff online, and a lot of people are very unhappy about Randall’s demise. [So] I think I did my job.
TVLINE | If the group had let Randall go, do you think he would have sought revenge?
I don’t know! I was told a lot of different things during the filming process, and it didn’t end up the way it was supposed to. I kind of have to leave it at that.
TVLINE | Do you think Randall ultimately had good intentions?
I think he just fell in with the wrong crowd. Everybody was dying around him, and he somehow linked up with this group who probably had a few rapists and killers among them. And it was really that he had to join them to survive.
TVLINE | Did you know going in that Randall was going to be killed?
Yeah. I tried my best to persuade them to keep Randall around, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be… I didn’t want to leave. I loved working on that show. I loved the people involved; I loved the crew.
TVLINE | We didn’t even see how Shane killed him. They were just kind of walking together, and then we heard twigs cracking…
Those twigs cracking were his neck bones cracking. [Laughs] I’m not quite sure why they did it that way, but I didn’t have any complaints, ’cause my neck was still sore from my scene with Norman Reedus (Daryl).
TVLINE | What was it like shooting those last scenes with Jon?
It was emotional for him. As much as I wanted to stay, I think he wanted to stay twice as much, so I can’t even imagine how he must have felt.
TVLINE | Are you glad you got to at least play a zombie before you left?
Of course! Like I said to AMC, I got the full Walking Dead experience. I got to play a survivor, I got to kill a zombie, and then I got to turn into a zombie. It was great.
TVLINE | Any predictions about Sunday’s finale?
I think some people are gonna die! [Laughs]