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Scott Wilson ponders: What would Hershel do on 'The Walking Dead' season 5?

The last time we saw Scott Wilson Hershel Greene, he was dragging his body in a vain effort of survival until the Governor caught up and decapitated him. Only two episodes into season 5, Rick & Co. are still battling zombies, cannibals, and each other. Should they head to D.C. with Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita? And, what’s going on in Carol’s mind? It’s enough to make a Walking Dead fan long for the comforting Hershel Greene.

Today, we talked with Scott Wilson (head intact) at Atlanta’s Walker Stalker Convention. His role may have ended on AMC’s The Walking Dead, but don’t tell that to his fans at Walker Stalker. Hundreds traveled to see him, so we had to ask, “What would Hershel do?”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: Hershel was a mentor to Rick, especially during their time at the prison. What advice would Hershel give Rick, in light of Rick’s new “do whatever it takes to survive” attitude?

SCOTT WILSON: I’m not sure what Hershel would think, but I think Hershel’s influence and essence is still there. Maybe it’s buried temporarily, but I think there is good in Rick and all of the characters. It’s survival. It’s a tough world. If Hershel was still there, he may have taken the same positions that Rick has taken. So, it doesn’t mean that Hershel would not have also changed with the changing times. I mean, he did take up guns a couple times in the show, so I don’t think he was opposed to protective measures.

Do you think, if Hershel were there right now, his focus would be on finding Beth or getting to D.C.?

I think he would be concerned about Beth. I think also because he believed at one time that people could be brought back, and then lost that belief, I’m not sure that he would buy into that [hope in D.C.]. He would be looking for Beth.

What about Carol rejoining the group? Do you think Hershel would feel that Carol has redeemed herself?

Absolutely. I think as hard as that may have been, [Carol] was really doing it, she thought, for the betterment of the group. I think that Hershel would have compassion for that.

Hershel was always the voice of reason for the group, the one who put emphasis on people maintaining their humanity. Do you think someone else, like Glenn or Tyreese, could step into that role? Would Hershel be worried about the possibility of the group losing its humanity?

I think the main thing that everyone is trying to do is survive, so within the context of survival, maybe there are times where you can be more compassionate or more concerned about other people. As long as you and your group are together, and things are going well, you have more opportunity to be open to other things, to give things a little more rope and see how it plays out. But when you’re confronted with people who are obviously bad, you’re going to react. Again, I think Rick’s behavior at Terminus was totally appropriate. His group was up against another group, and the other group had turned to cannibalism. What are you going to do? You either eat or get eaten. [laughs]

Don’t miss The Walking Dead, airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Until next time … #FangsOut.



TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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