The Walking Dead‘s Alexandra Breckenridge is now discussing that “horrifying” moment in TWD Season 6, where Rick does not give Jessie a hand. If you are not understanding the bad puns at this point, then it is probably safe to say you should not be reading any of these Walking Dead spoilers. So, reader beware, this article will discuss what happened in The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 9: “No Way Out.”
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Practically everyone was scrambling for their lives during the mid-season premiere. The last time we saw Rick, Carl, Michonne, Gabriel, Ron, Sam, and Jessie, they were about to step out into the streets while using ponchos covered by zombie guts. In the comics, this was what happened shortly before the accidental shooting by Douglas Monroe, but in this case, Ron Anderson was the shooter.
In the new Walking Dead episode, the death of Ron and Jessie Anderson occurred directly before Carl is shot. After Sam died, Jessie refused to let go of Carl’s arm as the zombies begin tearing into her, so Rick is forced to cut off her arm. Rick’s action causes Ron to go crazy, grab a gun, and shoot at both Carl and Rick, hitting Carl in the right eye. Before Ron has a chance to kill them, Michonne takes out Ron by stabbing him, thus ending the terrible tragedy of the Anderson family.
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In giving her The Walking Dead recap, Alexandra Breckenridge revealed that she did not really know the Jessie character, so she was not aware of her character’s fate. In addition, the showrunners told her to not read the graphic novels, since they did not want her to know her character was destined to be killed off.
“When I first got the part, I really actually didn’t even know who I was playing because as I’m sure a lot of people that follow The Walking Dead avidly know that when you audition for the show you pick sides for a character that doesn’t actually exist, so I didn’t know who I was playing until I got to Atlanta and sat down with the producer,” Breckenridge told EW. “I think they always knew that they were going to follow that storyline. At least that’s what I was told, but I didn’t know until just before the beginning of shooting the sixth season, so I didn’t know when I got the job. I thought maybe I’d be on the show for, like, a couple of years.”
Showrunner Scott Gimple was nice enough to give the actress a heads up before they started shooting The Walking Dead Season 6 so she would not make any long-term rental agreements in Atlanta. In the past, other TWD cast members purchased property only to find out their characters would die.
“We were at a cast dinner and I was just talking about looking into apartments and he said ‘Oh, you’re looking at apartments. Oh, I should talk to you about that, actually,’ ” she said. “I looked at him and I was like ‘What?!’ And he said, ‘I’ll call you on Monday.’ So I sort of left that dinner a little bit devastated. I was like, oh, no — my character’s dying.”
Alexandra revealed that if she were in Jessie’s shoes, she would have made her son, Sam, stay behind with Father Gabriel, since “you know that this child can’t handle the pressure of the situation. You kind of know that he might crack at any moment.” Of course, that’s not what happened, and Rick is forced to cut off Jessie’s hand in order to save Carl’s life.
“Oh, it was just super sad. It was just really sad. I mean, this mother is watching her child be eaten alive. I can’t think of something worse, I really can’t. It’s just excruciating, and so being in the moment as an actor was just horrifying,” she said.
What do you think about this The Walking Dead recap? Do you think Jessie needed to die like in the graphic novels, or should the show runners have tweaked the story again?