If Walking Dead fans think that waiting for the Season 7 premiere is rough on their end, they have to consider how much of a headache it must be for everyone involved with the popular drama. (A headache cured by a steady job and good paychecks, granted.) The actors and creative team have been pummeled by fans with questions about Season 7's big reveal, and Lennie James has apparently adopted a pretty brilliant method for avoiding having to address the issue.
It's always fun to notice when a TV character seems to have an effect on the actor in the role, and Lennie James is taking on some very Morgan-like behavior to avoid getting into spoiler-baiting conversations. He just stopped talking to people altogether. Much like the Morgan between his Season 3 freakout and his Season 5 arrival, James took on a more zen approach to the situation, rather than going hard on trying to outsmart the show's inquisitive fanbase.
I'm sure there's a bit of hyperbole happening in James' explanation to EW, in that it would be quite rude to completely dismiss someone making a personal connection. That's just not the British way. But the actor does make it sound like you almost have to just put a moratorium on communication with people. People apparently do not show off their most sportsmanlike behavior when it comes to randomly hitting up celebs for information. (Who'd have thought?) Here's how bad it apparently gets, according to James.
Nothing is worse than when your family starts messing with your job, since that's an awkward crossroads that should always be avoided. But then, it's a lot easier to tell them to back the hell off when they start getting on your nerves.
Lennie James plays one of the few big characters on the show who had nothing to do with Negan's introduction, and is thus perfectly safe from Lucille's earliest victim. People should be bothering him about what happens with Carol and The Kingdom people, since he might be a little more free about hitting those points. It's not guaranteed, but it'd be easier than getting the cliffhanger reveal. Also, booze and dinner and complimenting his beard might help.
The Walking Dead will return to AMC for the highly anticipated Season 7 on Sunday, October 23, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see when everything else is coming to the small screen later this year, check out our fall TV schedule.