“Kyla Kennedy, when she came in and said the story, she was like, ‘Mr. Michael, you know when I read the script for the first time, I went away and cried. And then a couple hours later I read the script again, and then I realized what my character was and what I represented in humanity, and how I needed to be this person and my death needed to happen for the other characters to have a resolve, and now I get it.’ And for me I was like, ‘Well that’s been pretty much everything I was gonna tell you, so I guess we can just start reading it.’”—Michael Satrazemis, director of “The Grove,” on Kyla Kennedy’s insight into her character, from DVD commentary on the episode (via leigh57)
And now, let’s all pause to appreciate the epic fact that “The Grove” is the best episode of TWD that has ever existed, and not one moment of its 43 minutes is devoted to the BAMF female protagonist’s romantic feelings about a man.
Yes to all of this! Carol/MMB didn’t need her milkshake to bring all the boys to the barn! No sex, nudity, semi nudity, no sex, no romance!!! Just that beautifully stunning face and her brilliant acting skills! Bless MMB!!! That’s how it’s done folks!
Thank you for all the cute Grove commentary tidbits. Just wondering if you were planning on recapping any of the other commentaries?
You’re welcome, anon! I’m only able to do so because vcanizal2 posted the commentary, so big thanks to her! leigh57 is also posting some great quotes. I got the special edition blu-ray and it won’t be delivered until next week, but if and when I get my hands on those other commentaries, I don’t think I’ll possibly be able to resist blogging my feelings about them!
“I think you’re an acting teacher in disguise… You’re so incredibly intuitive and always passionate and always driven to go further. I never had to worry. All I had to do was look at you, babe.”—Chad Coleman to Melissa McBride, The Grove Commentary (via liddym2113)
If you’re talking about “that” - I’m not sure whether to cry in a corner like a baby about it or just facepalm and be annoyed about how both the episodes and even the DAMN COMMENTARY feels forced to me.
Just stating my opinion…
LOL! Awwww…chin-up, sweetie! Really, what were they going to say? They have to gush…they can’t sit there and go, “So here we have an episode where everyone acts out of character and our female lead has highly questionable acting skills and no one outside of about 254 people on Tumblr actually thought this episode was any good.”
I’m probably not going to listen to either commentary, but if I do? I’m just going to LMFAO at it. Come join me!
“Because when we were rehearsing there was … I felt, just the natural impulse to hold her. But to … fight it, that was so hard. I just wanted to take her and cradle her.”—Melissa McBride on Brighton Sharbino, in audio commentary on “The Grove” (via leigh57)
The praise heaped on those girls during the commentary made my heart grow 4567325647829537462942 sizes. I loved the recurring theme of teacher/student inversion they were discussing, and the way that even though Carol went out into the…
"You know what….if that wasn’t an apology then I would really hate to see your definition of the word. I get it. You don’t like her. She could crawl naked over broken glass, be strung up and whipped, have her fingernails pulled out with pliers, and then beg on her knees for forgiveness and you…
This commentary is the best, most precious thing ever! *heart eyes*
I loved them talking about how good the girls are at acting and knowing their characters! The praise for Brighton and Kyla delights my soul. Also, cracking me up that Chad actually fell asleep in that chair. Also, interesting tidbit I didn’t know about the walkers needing to be smoking and charred so they looked different to Lizzie, so she could kill them.
"When’s the last time Carol had a hug?"-Melissa. KILLING ME!!! *sobs*
So, I managed to get that wonderful audio clip of the entire commentary synced up to my ep of “The Grove” and watched it all over again, and it was even more painful I think, listening to them talk about how painful it was for them…even the director saying that he couldn’t talk right when that…
“She was, she was cute. I walked in for the read-through one day, one of the times we did it, and she said, “Miss Melissa, I get that um … I figured out that Mika reminds Carol of Sophia, and that’s kinda why you’re more distant with her. You don’t wanna get too close with her.”—
Melissa McBride on the brilliance of Kyla Kennedy, in audio commentary on “The Grove” (via leigh57)
And this especially gets me because for the whole season Carol had showed more of an interest in Lizzie, so we were all thinking that Carol saw Sophia in Lizzie. And it was until I was re-watching The Grove that I realized Carol had been distant with Mika this whole time on purpose, and that she didn’t really love Lizzie more at all. She just thought Lizzie was more likely to survive, so it was easier to let her in.
“It reminds Carol how her mind went crazy when she didn’t know what happened to Sophia. And you [Tyreese] are having to deal with the same, you don’t what happened, how it went down, who did it, what happened. That not knowing is painful.”—Melissa McBride on Tyreese coping with Karen’s death, The Grove DVD Commentary (via liddym2113)
Goal! Goal! As in, hey Daryl and Carol are going to be obviously separated for the entire fucking season so let’s put the smushiest-cute-tastic-Pookie swearing- Caryl moment in the premiere because of fucking “Reasons.”
“That was the other thing that I wanted to say. Every one of the actors came by, even the ones that can’t see anything — like Andy Lincoln, that won’t — came by to just sit in a chair next to us and support us and for me on the first one, to have all the actors come by and just, you know … sorry I can’t talk anymore. Yeah. [Melissa McBride chimes in: ‘Mike, are you okay?’] I don’t think so. Sorry. It’s too hard.”—Michael Satrazemis, director of “The Grove,” on the scene where Carol shoots Lizzie — DVD audio commentary (via leigh57)