‘The Strolling Useless’ Star Lynn Collins on the Leah-Daryl Romance — and Whether or not It Continues

[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10, Episode 18, “Find Me.”]

The zombie apocalypse isn’t precisely a great setting to seek out, or keep, love — simply ask Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Aaron (Ross Marquand) or Carol (Melissa McBride) how their relationships labored out. And on the March 7 episode, we study that Daryl (Norman Reedus) can depend himself amongst those that’ve beloved and misplaced when he fell for a survivor named Leah (Lynn Collins) — we study this in flashbacks — solely to seek out her gone with no hint, presumably lifeless. Or is she?

TV Insider spoke with Collins about how she got here to play Leah, why she thinks Daryl and Leah had been drawn to one another, and to ask what precisely occurred to her character.

How did you come to be on The Strolling Useless?

Lynn Collins: It’s attention-grabbing. I used to be a passionate, over-the-top fan, and I’m an enormous believer in manifestation. And perhaps seven years in the past, my ardour for the present manifested me being forged within the present! [Laughs] Truly, I had a few alternatives to be on the present inside the final seven years. This one was actually a match. Generally issues simply click on so far as casting is worried, and this time, I noticed the indicators and thought, “That is going to work.” And certainly, it did.

How a lot do you know about Leah, coming in? Being Daryl’s first-ever love curiosity is a large deal for the fandom!

Yeah, an enormous deal for the fandom — which I’m part of! That’s the factor, I’m one foot a fan, one foot an actress stirring up this lovely storm now we have. [Showrunner] Angela [Kang] and I had this assembly the place she informed me what was going to occur and what all of it entailed. I used to be capable of are available in and actually put together, as a lot as you’ll be able to put together for one thing that’s this groundbreaking for the present.

However on the similar time, it’s the final season, and it’s time one thing like that was launched. Particularly as a result of Daryl’s character goes to have a by-product the place I’m certain there are going to be extra conditions like this.

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OK, we actually need to learn about Canine, who in actual life is known as Seven. What was it like working with him?

Seven is definitely an older canine, and he has such a mild, mild power. I really like animals to the purpose of distraction, and it was so great to work with him and his trainers. They gave me time to only sit and be with him, and so they had been like, “In case you might act like he’s your canine, it’ll be simpler for him.” I began giving him instructions, and we fashioned such a symbiotic relationship.

And the story this episode tells about Canine is that he’s had his personal trauma. He was born the day Leah’s son died, so we type of assume his mommy didn’t make it. So Leah was his mommy. And on the finish of this episode, we don’t know what occurred to Leah, however we all know Canine didn’t go together with her. What did he witness? Was she killed, and he needed to witness that? Did she depart, and never take him? Canine deserves a number of love. He ought to be primary on our record.

How would you outline the Leah-Daryl connection?

I’m going to exit on a limb and say that Leah for certain fell in love with him. If it wasn’t the apocalypse, would these two be a match? Who is aware of. In some methods, these two are so related. Each have misplaced a lot and each deal with that loss by isolating themselves. And but there’s no solution to get away from one another. It’s so meant to be. And a number of us, as followers watching the episode, are like, “Whoa, this occurred so quick!” Nevertheless it doesn’t. It takes a pair years for these two to broach even friendship. It’s a protracted haul for them, and in some methods, isn’t that how good relationships are fashioned?

Are you able to inform us something about occurred to her? There’s an unspoken rule on the present that if there’s no physique, they’re not likely lifeless…

We’re simply going to need to maintain watching! I feel the writers have accomplished an unimaginable job with these six episodes, so if it does progress, we’re in for a deal with. And if it doesn’t, there are all kinds of different choices the place this might go.

The Strolling Useless, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

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