The Walking Dead actor Vincent Ward recently stated that he was “pissed” when he found out his character was going to die.
One of the most appealing components of The Walking Dead — as well as one its biggest contributions to its longevity — is the fact that no character in the show can escape death. Throughout the years, numerous fan-favourite characters have perished at the hands of both the titular walkers and humans. And while being killed off in the show has become honourable, actor Vincent Ward was not pleased about his death.
In The Walking Dead, Vincent Ward played Oscar, who was one of the living inmates found in the prison in show’s third season. Oscar helped out the core group of survivors, which made Ward think that he was impervious to death… until he wasn’t. Speaking with Commando TV, Ward revealed how he didn’t know Oscar would die until he read the script for the third season episode “Made To Suffer”.
“I didn’t even know I was getting killed. I was pissed. And the reason I was pissed was because nobody told me. I was in makeup and I saw a script sitting there, I picked up the script, and the first thing you do is you look for your name. I got all the way to the end, and it said, ‘Oscar dies.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ I grabbed the script and I just threw it down.”
After that, The Walking Dead lead actor Andrew Lincoln entered the room and was surprised to find out that Ward had no idea that no one told him of his impending death.
“He said, ‘Nobody told you anything?’ I said, ‘No, I just read it right now.’ He said, ‘I’ll be back.’ Before I knew it, all kind of producers and people were coming in apologizing to me. Because they’re supposed to tell you.”
While “pissed” off that he was dying, Ward mentioned that he only signed on for a number of The Walking Dead episodes, but he thought his character’s position would keep him around for longer.
“But in the same breath, to their defense, when you sign your contract, they kind of tell you how many episodes you’re gonna do. But in my mind, I was like, ‘Okay, they’ve got me hanging around with the main people now, I might be around a little longer.’ No. It didn’t happen.”
Ward played the role of Oscar for seven episodes and emerged as one of the most memorable of The Prisoners. Ward ended his conversation surrounding The Walking Dead by saying that he’s moved on from the show, but he’s still disappointed by how he was treated by then showrunner Glen Mazzara.
“It was a mistake. The showrunner, he didn’t tell me. He apologized, over and over and over. I hold no grudges. I had a great time. … I hold no grudges, but it happened. I’m human, so I’m gonna be pissed. But I was a little down afterwards, because I thought I did enough to stay around a little longer.”
It’s quite heartbreaking to know that Ward wasn’t told that his character would die on The Walking Dead, especially because it’s common courtesy. The early seasons of The Walking Dead are still touted as some of the best television ever produced, despite the show’s recent slump. Currently, the series is on its tenth season and has two spin-offs.
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Here is the official synopsis for The Walking Dead season 10:
A few months after the end of Season 9, the collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new border imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews, Callan McAuliffe, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Lauren Ridloff, Cailey Fleming, Cassady McClincy, Ryan Hurst, and Samantha Morton as Alpha.
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