Several members of “The Walking Dead” cast — Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, and Melissa McBride — came together at an event at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles and revealed their favorite moments from Season 4. Here is what they had to say:
1. Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon)
In the “Too Far Gone” mid-season finale (Episode 8), Reedus likes the action scene where Daryl drops a grenade into the gun turret of a tank as Rick’s rangers try to fight off the Governor’s gang in order to keep the prison as their home. Then, he uses a dead zombie as a shield when he is being shot at.
“I am a dude, that’s why I picked that,” Reedus said of the scene that required no dialogue. “I am going to be straight-up honest with you, I loved the tank.”
Reedus, 45, goes on to talk about how Daryl has evolved since joining this band of apocalypse survivors.
“You remember the episode with Randall tied up? There is a whole thing about who are we becoming. Do we kill Randall, or do we let him go? How do we deal with that? Daryl walked in there, beat the crap out of Randall, walked back with bloody hands and said, ‘He’s got to go.’ He wasn’t, ‘Look at me, I’ve got the answers.” He is that type of dude. He is like a reluctant leader… He found a sense of self-worth through these people. He found out it is OK to be himself.”
2. Danai Gurira (Michonne)
Unlike Reedus’ action scene, Gurira picked a very tender, emotional moment from the “Infected” episode (Episode 2) in which Beth handed her baby Judith, and Michonne was at first reluctant to take the baby, but then broke down and cried as she held Judith, letting viewers know this was reminding Michonne of something that happened before the apocalypse.
“I think this was allowing a moment when you could crack into a little bit of who Michonne is,” Gurira, 36, said. “It has really been rather enjoyable to allow her layers to unravel a little bit. Also, she is connecting with people she cares about, and that has been enjoyable. She has a lot of fun at Daryl’s expense.”
3. Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene)
Cohan’s choice from “Internment” [Episode 5] is when Maggie enters the quarantine cell block by shooting out the window, and then kills the zombies who are attacking her father. That allows Hershel to retrieves a breathing apparatus for Glenn, who is close to death. Hershel tells her he didn’t want her in there, to which Maggie replies, “I know, but just like you, I had to.”
“I love this episode for so many reasons,” Cohan, 32, says. “Initially, Maggie is kept outside the quarantine area, so she can’t help and she really needs to feel active and helpful in there. Then, she finally busts her way in. The scene at the end, shows she is her father’s daughter. He had previously told her, ‘You only get to chose what is worth dying for.’ Mostly, I chose that scene because Maggie has had a lot of emotional dialogue and this scene was so fun and active.”
4. Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee)
Yeun also picked a scene from the virus storyline, where Glenn has become very ill with the virus that is sweeping through the prison, and Hershel tells him not to think about dying. They all have jobs to do and Glenn’s is to stay alive.
“I think for Glenn, he is an absorber,” Yeun, 30, says, by way of explaining why he chose this scene. “He is an average of all the people he is around. There is that dynamic between Hershel and Rick that exists where, I think, Hershel is actively passing his ideals and his thoughts to Rick. But Glenn is another person who really gets affected by everything that Hershel does and teaches, but it is a gut thing, not necessarily cerebral. It is leading by example. Glenn looks up to Hershel. Especially in that whole sick storyline.”
5. Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier)
McBride selected the scene from “Indifference” (Episode 4), where, after telling Rick the truth that she killed Karen and David and burned their bodies, he tells her she can’t return to the prison. Even as he casts her out, he reassures her that she isn’t a woman who is too scared to be alone anymore.
“I like that scene,” McBride, 48, said. “I don’t think [killing Karen and David] is out of character for Carol. Obviously, I didn’t see it coming, but I love it for her. Like she says, she’s stepping up, making decisions and doing whatever she has to do to survive. There was no time to sit there and wait. Decisions had to be made — right now.”