- Warning: There are major spoilers for Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” season nine, episode 14, “Scars.”
- AMC’s “TWD” finally revealed how Michonne and Daryl got the “X” scars on their backs, and the answer was not one you probably expected.
- A group of children, led by a woman from Michonne’s past (played by Rutina Wesley), branded the “X” marks on their back before attempting to kill both of them.
- Sunday’s episode director, Millicent Shelton, told INSIDER there were three steps of precaution taken with the kids to make sure they were safe and understood everything was pretend.
- The kids met with psychologists, there were teachers on set to look over them to make sure everything went smoothly, and the kids and their parents met with Shelton and “TWD” crew multiple times.
After months of waiting, Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” finally revealed Michonne and Daryl’s mystery “X” scars are brands that were given to them by feral children. The kids, at the leadership of one of Michonne’s old college friends (played by Rutina Wesley), tried killing Michonne and Daryl once they were branded.
It’s tough to watch as young children are actually coming at Michonne with knives and other weapons trying to hurt her. This all happened as Michonne was pregnant with her child by Rick, making the stakes all the more stressful. AMC took precautions to make sure the child actors knew everything was pretend and to make sure they were OK throughout filming.
“We actually had the kids all meet once we cast them. In casting, we let the parents and the kids know exactly what the roles were going to entail,” Sunday’s episode director, Millicent Shelton, told INSIDER of how the crew approached handling these sensitive scenes with children. “Then we had them meet with a psychologist I believe that met with all the children and talked to them about it.”
A representative for AMC confirmed to INSIDER a psychologist, Dr. Jeff Weber, was on set. Dr. Kris Mohandie is their psychological consultant.
In addition, Shelton says she, the episode writers, Corey Reed and Vivian Tse, and the assistant director met with all of the kids and their parents to talk through the scenes that were going to happen again.
“So there was three levels of conversation that happened with the kids. The teacher who overlooks the kids is on set every single time the kids were there. If there was any issue, we talked to them,” Shelton said.
“Honestly, we didn’t have an issue with our main kids because we had gone through everything, step by step,” she added. “We did so much before we got on set, that when we were actually there they all knew there were rubber knives and we had choreographed all their movements so they knew what was going to happen. So it wasn’t like anybody was surprised.”
You can read more from our conversation with Shelton breaking down Michonne’s decision to kill many of the children at the episode’s end here. You can follow along with our “Walking Dead” coverage here.
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