The Walking Dead series is quickly approaching the series finale episode, and with that comes the nostalgia for where this series has come from. From its humble six-episode season 1 beginnings to the mega 24-episode final season. Throughout the series, numerous directors have shared their talents with the fans of the series. One such director is Rosemary Rodriguez.
She has been directing since the early 2000s with her directorial debut, Acts of Worship. Rodriguez wrote and directed this film featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
She is well-known for directing TV series including Law & Order, Without a Trace, White Collar, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, Jessica Jones, Home Before Dark and more. Recently she directed an episode in Peacemaker, “Monkey Dory,” that aired on January 27, 2022, on HBO Max.
Next, she directs a horror movie, Hail Mary, a modern retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph from the bible. The film promises to alter “everything you thought you believed in.” It stars Jack Huston, Angela Sarafyan, Natalia del Riego, and Benny Emmanuel and was filmed in Mexico City earlier this year.
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As everyone is feeling nostalgic, Rodriguez recently shared a still of one of her favorite scenes from The Walking Dead on Instagram. This was from the season 9 episode “Obliged,” written by TWD veteran Geraldine Inoa. She praised Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who plays Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon, for giving their all to this scene.
The scene she mentions is one fans will remember well. Daryl and Rick were traveling to Alexandria on the motorcycle. Daryl reveals that a plan was set up to allow Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to sneak into Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) cell and kill him.
This leads to an altercation between Rick and Daryl in which they wrestle themselves into a deep pit. They immediately begin to figure out how they will escape their prison. Then the talk goes to whether or not keeping Negan alive is a good thing. The talk gets deep when Daryl reminds Rick that he wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie has to do what she needs to do.
This scene was executed brilliantly by Lincoln and Reedus. It was full of emotion, passion and, most of all the brotherhood these two shared, on-screen and off.
Rodriguez also directed season 8, episode 2, “The Damned” and “Sing Me a Song,” which featured the smack heard round TWD world. This was when Olivia (Ann Mahoney) gave Negan a well-deserved slap after he crudely offered to sleep with her.