Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “The Walking Dead” season seven finale.
“The Walking Dead” season seven finale resulted in one big casualty that plenty of fans imagined was coming this season. Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), who has been on the show since season three, went down, but not without a fight.
In a final act of defiance, Sasha took her life in order to try and get a leg up on Negan. It was a big change from how a similar death played out in the comics. Though Sasha didn’t manage to bite him, she did take out another Savior and help provide a useful distraction for Rick’s group to take back Alexandria.
“I think it became very clear that I was going to have to do that when all other options had been exhausted when Negan said I’m going to use you to hurt more of your people, basically,” Martin-Green said of her decision to take her life on the series’ aftershow “Talking Dead.” “Since I knew so deeply in my heart that my purpose was this service to my family, to the future, that would be completely antithetical to what I felt I was here to do and had grown to do and had become the person that I was to do.”
“When he said, ‘I’m gonna use you,’ I was .. ‘Nope. That’s not gonna happen.’ I’m not gonna let that happen. I am gonna live this out, even if I have to live it out in death,” she added.
Several actors from “The Walking Dead” discussed their reactions to Sasha’s big moment and death on “Talking Dead” as well.
Norman Reedus (Daryl): “What’s not to miss?” said Reedus. “I remember her being pregnant and carrying around her breast milk on set. Not only do I love her as a girl but her personality, her character, what she brought to the show. There’s not anyone like her. She’s very unique. She’s such a fighter and does everything authentic. There’s not a false bone in her body.”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan): “I think what I came away from this episode — the last two, especially — [was] the work that I got to share with Sonequa. She was so great. She just knocked it out of the park, and knowing what was happening, being in that cell, in particular, and the dialogue we had and what she was doing and the acting that was happening was just a thrill for me to see. And, the zombie was just obviously icing on the cake.”
“I think he was genuinely bummed,” said Morgan of his reaction to Sasha’s death. “He liked Sasha. This was not part of his plan certainly.”
Andrew Lincoln (Rick): “Sonequa is so brilliant. The only upside to losing her is the manner in which she goes. It is one of those incredibly heart-wrenching but powerful and heroic sacrifices that she makes for the greater good.”
Lennie James (Morgan): “The thing I love most about Sonequa is her laugh. She has the world’s most explosive, most fantastic laugh, and I love a good laugh. One of the major regrets, and one of the things I dislike most about this show, is that you make friends with people, you become family with people. The loss of her [Sonequa Martin-Green] is massive in the same way that it was with Steven [Yeun, who played Glenn] and [Michael] Cudlitz [who played Abraham], which is, how they made us laugh. Sonequa just has that laugh, and that’s irreplaceable.”
Danai Gurira (Michonne): “She’s [Martin-Green] wise, she’s funny, she’s smart, she’s lively, she’s talented. She’s a real example to everybody. I don’t know even know where I’d begin with how amazing she’s been to work with and to have in my life. We lose her, but at such a deeply original and heroic way that just seems right for someone as astounding as Sasha. I have so many memories of laughing a lot with her and learning from her and getting support and comfort from her. It’s family. That never ends.”
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