After several weeks of (relatively) smooth sailing, MTV’s Scream on Tuesday finally killed off another one of its core characters — and it was spectacular.
In the episode’s final moments, Will — who had successfully survived being stabbed by the show’s masked assassin — was strapped to a particularly sharp piece of farming equipment, which Emma unknowingly triggered, causing her ex to be split right down the middle.
Below, actor Connor Weil discusses filming the bloody masterpiece of a scene, how he and his co-stars reacted to Will’s death and, of course, the all-important question: What’s to become of those Mike and Ike’s that Emma dropped?
TVLINE | My condolences on your death, but at least you got to go out in a huge way. Best death yet!
Thanks, man, it was awesome. The crew was very good about safety, and it was actually more special effects than anything else, so I wasn’t in any immediate danger — thank God. But it was intense to shoot; it was a really big deal.
TVLINE | I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting something so brutal to happen in the middle of the day.
That’s a really good observation, and I think that’s what they were trying to say. Like, this guy can get away with this even in broad daylight — he’s really in charge.
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TVLINE | Did you get to watch them throw the blood all over Emma? That was cool and gross.
[Laughs] I did! I was standing off to the side after they shot all of my coverage, and it was so crazy to watch. Everybody had their slow-mo cameras out and filmed it, it was awesome.
TVLINE | And I imagine, besides feeling gross, Emma will also feel guilty over this.
Yeah, that’s the crazy thing about it: The killer really messes with her, so that technically, she’s the one who did this. It’s going to be rough for her.
TVLINE | When did you find out Will was being killed off? And how did you respond to the news?
I found out as soon as we were about to shoot Episode 6. It was that cliffhanger where Will gets dragged off, so they told me, “This isn’t the end for you … but it’s the beginning of the end.” It was such a great process; I thought I had such an amazing death, and to have Will fight his way back to life only to have it all end so brutally is such a beautiful, horrible thing.
TVLINE | Did the rest of the cast find out at the table read? What was it like watching them react to that?
That’s a great question, and I did. They kept every else in the dark, so when we read the episode together, everybody was like, “What?!” and I was just like, “Yeah…” It was an emotional thing to watch the other cast members find out I was dying.
TVLINE | If you could come back as a ghost, what advice would you give the survivors?
Keep your wits about you. This is no one to try and bluff with. Keep your heard on straight.
TVLINE | Lastly, I need to know the fate of those Mike and Ikes Emma dropped.
Yes! Thank you! I was like, man, she lost at least 12 or 13 Mike and Ikes. Come on! I’m glad you noticed that. … On set, they were like, “You realize we’re shooting your death, right?” and I was like, “Yeah, but guys, the Mike and Ikes!”
Scream fans, were you blown away — and/or surprised — by Will’s gruesome offing? Watch the series’ new midseason trailer below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on the Lakewood killer.
(Scream‘s official soundtrack, coming out Aug. 14, can be preordered here.)