“It is more relevant than ever now, during this pandemic,” Paola Lazaro, a newcomer this season and who plays “Juanita Sanchez”, also known as “Princess”, told AFP. The series “teaches how to rebuild a society after things have been destroyed,” said the actress.
“The Walking Dead” follows the adventures of a group of humans who survived a catastrophe triggered by a virus that turns the dead into highly contagious “walkers” and hungry for human flesh.
When the real-life virus stopped production for several months, season 10 had to be split in two, with filming for the final six episodes resumed under strict health protocols. As a result, many scenes feature only one or two characters at a time – an experience for the actors that Lazaro described as “theatrical”.
That means more backstory and development for characters like the villain “Negan” – including Sunday’s final episode. But as “Walking Dead” fans have learned over the years, no character – no matter how important or popular – is safe from sudden and brutal death. Paola Lazaro admitted that she herself does not know if Princess will be present throughout the 11th season, the last of the series, with an exhibition scheduled for the end of this year and in 2022.
Although Season 11 will mean the end of “The Walking Dead”, zombies will continue to haunt TV screens, thanks to a growing series of spin-offs set in the same universe. The new series based on the characters of Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier is expected for 2023, in addition to the ongoing spin-offs “Fear The Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”.
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