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Michael Satrazemis On The Set Since The Beginning

Michael Satrazemis

Executive Producer and Director, Michael Satrazemis on Chanler Riggs Last Episode

“Fear the Walking Dead” Co-Executive Producer/Director and “The Walking Dead” Director Michael Satrazemis joined Dead Talk Live’s Host Viz for an Exclusive Interview. Satrazemis has been with “The Walking Dead” since its first season, starting out as a camera operator and working his way up to Director and Co-Executive Producer on the spin-off series.

Michael Satrazemis

Michael Satrazemis Director/Executive Producer “The Walking Dead” and “Fear The Walking Dead”

Asked about the atmosphere on the set of that first season, Satrazemis responded,

“We kind of looked at each other like holy sh–! This is something, maybe there’s something here…. it was one of the most special times before anyone said we were cool. We looked around at each other like holy sh–, all the right people are here.” 

“Andrew (Lincoln) and Bernthal (Shane Walsh) came running over to me, “Why are we cutting at this point? Why can’t I just run over there and choke him out?” I said, “Fine, I won’t cut, I’ll just follow you around with the camera.”

Satrazemis’ directorial debut was the iconic Season 4 episode, “The Grove.” In which Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) kills her sister Mika (Kyla Kennedy). Carol (Melissa McBride) is tasked with putting Lizzie down. She presented a clear and present threat to all the remaining survivors. An episode that showed yet another layer to Melissa’s multi-faceted character, Carol.

Another pivotal episode directed by Satrazemis was season sixth’s “Knots Untie,” where lead protagonist, Rick Grimes, makes the fateful decision to kill an unknown group of people called “The Saviors,” led by a person named Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in exchange for supplies from the “Hilltop Community.” 

Michael Satrazemis

Michael Satrazemis Director/Executive Producer “The Walking Dead” and “Fear The Walking Dead”

This decision would set “The Saviors” Negan’s story arc in motion. Michael directed the mid-season finales of Seasons 6, 7, 8, 9, the mid-season premiere of the current season 10, and numerous other episodes on both shows.

When asked how he felt directing the penultimate episode of fan-favorite Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) character before departing “The Walking Dead,” Satrazemis paused and answered:

“I watched him since he was a little kid, watched him become an actor…I owed it to him to nail it, send him off with everything he’s got.” 

“It’s very emotional, very personal for all of us when you lose a character. For all of us that have been there from the beginning, it does feel like a tragic loss. But then you see them later, and it’s fine.” 

And they’re still trying to find ways to work together in the future. 

When asked about the upcoming season of “Fear The Walking Dead.”

Michael Satrazemis

Michael Satrazemis Director/Executive Producer “The Walking Dead” and “Fear The Walking Dead”

“The trailer easily describes the last season. It really set this season up really well, ya know, the hope, all the loss of hope… we’ll start off with everyone separated … it’s a dark place, there’s not a lot of hope for anybody.”

“There ounces of hope, that’s it.”

“Fear The Walking Dead” will return with its sixth season on October 11th. “The Walking Dead” Season 10 Finale will air on Oct 4th, followed by the Series Premiere of “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” on AMC.

Michael Satrazemis, “The Walking Dead,” “Fear The Walking Dead”

Source: Dead Talk Live

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