While Rick’s mission to end Negan’s reign and be rid of the Saviors once and for all did not unfold as planned, it did mark the first battle in what will later become an all-out war on The Walking Dead. However, the victory did not come without sacrifice as Sasha, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, sacrificed herself by swallowing a lethal capsule in order to avoid being used as a weapon against her friends.
In a joint interview on The Talking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green and showrunner Scott M. Gimple discussed Sasha’s fate and offered a small tease on what fans can expect to see in season eight. Martin-Green explained why she felt Sasha’s death was perfect for her character.
“It just felt so right and complete. It was quite poetic when I found out how it was going to happen. It was the perfect culmination of [Sasha’s] life. I felt like all of my roads had led to that moment of getting to that place of complete selflessness. It felt perfect. It was the first time we had ever rooted for a walker but it was also beautiful because the way I saw it is that warrior spirit lives on. Even in death, I was still going to fight because I had realized my purpose: everything before that had been self-preservation, self-defense mechanisms and basically self-obsession. Over the course of my life as Sasha, it was progressing beyond that to the point where said I now have a greater purpose that’s much bigger than me and that’s for the future and I’m going to do it even in death.”
Gimple discussed the decision to kill Sasha.
“It was always about Sasha not being a victim. She wanted a weapon from Eugene — a knife — and didn’t get one so she became the knife.”
Michael Cudlitz discussed his guest appearance and the flashback’s sequences in which his character appeared.
“It was like coming home. And it made it possible for us to connect. That was one of my favorite scenes. If there was ever a question of why these two were drawn together, now you see. The title of their relationship could be We Put Our Heads on the Chopping Block — Always for Someone Else.”
Gimple offered fans a small tease on what to expect in season 8.
“It’s going to be bigger, more intense…this year, same thing,” Gimple said. “The first four episodes will melt people’s minds and break their televisions.”
The Walking Dead will return on AMC in October 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter