To the shock of many viewers, the people who find themselves driving the battle coming into the ultimate episodes of The Walking Dead aren’t veterans Daryl Dixon, Maggie Rhee, or Carol Peletier. In reality, it is Connie and Kelly — the sister duo that joined after the six-year time soar in Season 9. As nonetheless comparatively new characters to The Walking Dead, they’ve made an enduring impression and can absolutely be remembered as they depart footprints on the Commonwealth storyline in Season 11.
The Walking Dead noticed left Connie and Kelly, on the finish of Season 11, Episode 16, receiving a mysterious record of names and intel that Sebastian Milton (son of the Commonwealth’s chief, Pamela) could also be chargeable for dozens of disappearances and deaths. Connie’s final act of the episode was to show Sebastian in a tell-all story, which is predicted to make noise among the many Commonwealth. Lauren Ridloff (Connie) and Angel Theory (Kelly) talked with MyFullGames about what they’ve taken away from portraying their characters, what viewers can count on from Connie and Kelly in Season 11, Part 3, and the ability of portraying the primary Deaf characters on The Walking Dead.
MyFullGames: Lauren, Connie is the mastermind behind this exposé, and she or he’s pushing this resistance in the precise course. Given the massive position that she has on this, what precisely is her mindset going into these last episodes?
Lauren Ridloff: Connie’s mindset is one in every of dedication. She has arrived to this new society, and she or he sees that not all is okay. She desires to seek out the reality — resolve issues. I feel then, as she’s really going via that course of, she begins to comprehend that there are some prices and a few sacrifices that must be made, and she or he’s prepared to pay the value for the sake of a greater world.
Angel, Kelly additionally has a hand in exposing Sebastian’s schemes. How is Kelly feeling now that she’s taken part of beginning this resistance?
Angel Theory: I feel she really actually loves it. This is one thing that’s going to assist the folks of the group, and likewise doing it along with her sister — each of them have all the time been complete badasses and simply ensuring no matter’s mistaken is being seen. We’re shining gentle on that as a lot as attainable, but additionally, you see from the very starting, Kelly’s only a loving, warmhearted child that should placed on her large woman pants when she must struggle. She’s all the time simply been the cuddle bear of the crew in a way — the newborn, mainly. Now we type of see this transition of her simply fully not right here for it, not right here for the BS. [She’s] like, “No, let’s get down to this,” and [shows muscles] I do not know in case you can see this. [emphasizes muscles] We’re simply that.
You have to have that mindset going into the ultimate episodes, you actually do. Lauren, wanting again on Connie, you will have made your mark as such a memorable presence on this present. People love you. They adore you. As the collection involves an in depth, how does it really feel to depart behind such an iconic character?
Ridloff: Other than not having a unbroken job? [laughs] Let’s see, not having a job? I do not know. I actually will miss Connie. I keep in mind after I first really joined in Season 9 — once we wrapped for that particular season, I saved enthusiastic about the following season and what would Connie do as I used to be simply going via my on a regular basis life. Back dwelling in New York, I’d cease and suppose, “What would Connie do?” or “How would Connie respond to this situation?” I see Connie as a type of uncommon gems who protects. She’s the protector of her group, regardless, however she’s small. We nonetheless see her [as] part of Magna’s group on the very starting. That was her household, however then as time strikes on via the seasons, her household turns into greater. I feel that is what I really like a lot about Connie — her loyalty [and] perseverance for locating the reality. Yeah, I’m simply going to actually miss Connie.
Angel, we’ll miss Kelly as effectively since you’ve additionally been such an integral a part of Season 9 and onwards. How does it really feel to know that you simply’re an vital a part of The Walking Dead‘s last season?
Theory: It’s an honor to have the ability to work with everybody and never solely type a bond inside our characters but additionally inside one another as actors and actresses. I’m going to overlook Kelly in a way, too, however there are issues that I’ve taken from Kelly, too. Even in my very own private life, simply typically with the ability to sit again and actually simply be understanding earlier than main with solely feelings as a result of we have seen Kelly undergo a variety of feelings at occasions and probably not understanding one of the simplest ways to deal with it.
Again, I feel it is stunning to see how we grew inside our characters as this present went on [and] as it’s going. It seems like a bizarre breakup. I do not know if that is sensible. It type of seems like a bizarre breakup in a way the place you are simply placing on these garments, you will have a complete different persona while you’re this character, and now you do not placed on these garments no extra. You do not undergo the hair and make-up and the sticky blood and dirt and all of the issues that we’re in. It’s type of such as you’re leaving part of that behind, in a way. I actually love how each of us, as sisters on the present, we made our personal mark and every had our personal work.
You talked in regards to the relationship between each of your characters, which is unimaginable to look at on the present. It’s actually lucky as a result of we do not get these sibling relationships rather a lot on the present anymore. Connie and Kelly are one another’s rocks. So for each of you, what side of their relationship feels most vital for the viewers to see?
Ridloff: I’m unsure if this is a component of Connie and Kelly’s relationship, however what I really feel is basically impactful in regards to the two characters is our variations inside our journey as deaf folks. We see Connie as anyone who has all the time been deaf. She’s simply so used to functioning in a world that’s hers, versus Kelly — we see her really undergo the method of listening to loss in Season 10 and the way traumatizing that’s for her. She’s dropping one thing, versus Connie not having misplaced something, and their experiences and their perspective of what it means to be deaf is totally completely different. At the identical time, it is so actual. It’s so reflective of what is taking place out in the true world. We Deaf individuals are on a spectrum. There are so many sorts of listening to loss and being deaf and other ways to quote-unquote Deaf. Kelly speaks, Connie doesn’t; [Connie] writes. [Connie]’s a journalist. I simply love that spectrum. There’s a lot energy and illustration that we really see on the display screen via Connie.
Theory: I actually agree with that, too. I feel additionally the actual fact [that the] one factor that I actually cherished about Connie and Kelly is that though I’m the one youngster and I haven’t got an expertise [of] having a sibling, it is really made me really feel like, “Wow. Is this what people really go through?” We have the nudging, the comedic humor between one another, the making enjoyable, poking at one another, or typically Connie’s being a little bit stern with Kelly in a motherly means as effectively. At the tip of the day, they actually defend one another and love one another to the place we have grown a love and relationship with so many different characters throughout the group — in a number of communities the place if all else fails, so long as we have now one another, that is actually all that issues.
As , everybody’s seen [that] when Connie was within the cave, Kelly was not having it. Nobody may speak about something moreover, “Where is Connie?” Even if Kelly was sacrificing her personal sort of security, [she would] simply go discover her sister. She’s not sleeping at evening. Also, when Connie did not have Kelly, I feel probably the most stunning issues and actually one in every of my favourite issues to shoot was once we really obtained to see one another once more, for the haunted episode with Connie within the forest and every part as a result of that episode was so highly effective for us. We hadn’t seen one another in actual life due to the COVID scenario and Lauren filming. When we really noticed one another crying, that emotion was pure real sister love exterior of Connie and Kelly. That’s in all probability one of many the reason why I feel we’re the most effective TV sisters in TV.
That was such a robust scene, and also you guys are such a robust duo. People wish to see extra of you guys. So Walking Dead spinoffs are all the fad today. Everyone is getting one. If there was a Connie and Kelly spinoff, what wouldn’t it entail?
Ridloff: Well, I’d like to see Connie and Kelly in Tales of the Walking Dead. I actually wish to look again at their lives earlier than as a result of I feel in Season 9 — or possibly it may’ve been [Season] 10 — we speak about our previous, and Connie mentions the lack of somebody, one thing… a child. We may solely assume a lot. I’d like to discover extra of that storyline of Connie and Kelly and their backstory. That can be enjoyable.
Theory: I’d wish to know if the apocalypse did not occur, what can be attention-grabbing to Kelly to pursue as a expertise or one thing? Because we all know once we first noticed her, she was only a wee lad. She simply needed to get with the occasions and struggle and be taught to outlive. So I feel if there was a by-product, I’d need her to have the ability to speak to folks her age as a result of she’s by no means speaking to sure folks that’s in her age group. She’s all the time the youngest one round everybody else. Also, simply discovering one thing that she genuinely likes and desirous to discover new issues, that’ll be actually cool.
The Walking Dead Season 11, Part 3 premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, on AMC. The first two episodes of Season 11, Part 3, may even premiere on AMC+ the identical day.