Terry Crews entered the world of The Walking Deadwith the new AMC spin-off Tales of the Living Dead. The six-part anthology series premiered on August 15, and a new standalone episode focusing on different characters and stories will be released every Sunday.
The following article contains spoilers for the first episode of Tales Of The Walking Dead!
Terry Crews and Olivia Munn are the two stars of “Evie/Joe», the first episode of Tales of the Living Dead, which follows the journey of Joe, a man who locked himself in with his dog when the zombie apocalypse began. After the death of his faithful pet, Joe decides to leave his shelter and venture into the post-apocalyptic world to reunite with someone he met online. On the road, Joe meets or rather is captured by Evie, played by Olivia Munn.
Tales of the Living Dead Interview
We recently spoke with Terry Crews, who is a die-hard fan of The Walking Dead since its first creation in 2010. Moments before our interview with him, the actor shared on Instagram, a drawing of his co-star Olivia Munn on the occasion of the show, for which we did not fail to congratulate him.
“Thanks! I put all my art stuff in there!“ replied Crews in his contagious laugh, showing us his phone.
“Olivia and I worked together on The Newsroom, so we’ve been friends for years. I asked her permission to post it, I wanted to make sure she approved. When I found out I was going to be on the show, I got a text from her, she’s like, ‘Hey Joe!’, and I’m like, ‘How do you know that?’ And she’s like ‘I’m Evie’ I said ‘Oh my God, it’s a reunion!’ And it’s amazing to work with her again.
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At first, it seems like Joe and Evie have absolutely nothing in common, and it’s safe to say that a relationship like theirs might never even have happened before the apocalypse. She is artistic and hopeful and attends spiritual retreats. He’s a realist, who thinks his survival skills and his time in a bunker have taught him enough. However, these two characters might not be as obvious as they seem (especially since Evie saved Joe’s life twice in just 48 hours). So naturally, we asked Crews who between Joe and Evie had better survival skills.
“I love these characters, the fact that they set us up in the right rhythm. We hang out together, we’re friends, we fight, we break up, we get back together, and that’s great because it’s It’s a real friendship. But when you’re talking about who would survive, look, it has to be Evie because look, Joe was out of his bunker not even 24 hours and he’s caught in a net, you know what I mean? You don’t even know how long Evie’s been doing her thing, and she wasn’t in a bunker, and in the end, she ends up saving his life, because he’s trapped again, he got caught in the cat. So you look at this man, he thought he had it all figured out, but what was so beautiful was the hope that Evie brings. And what he calls “unrealistic expectations” is that we all need to survive. You look at what faith is, you can’t see it, you can’t hold it, in fact it’s something you can never see. But it gets you from here to there. And being realistic, you will just about fall. So I think Evie is definitely the survivor and he should stick with her.
This first episode ends pretty well for these two characters (or at least as well as it could in a world where being chased by hordes of flesh-eating zombies has become the norm.) Crews declared:
“The ending is as hopeful as you’ll ever see in the world of The Walking Dead, which means everything you see next will be brutal.”
Could we see more of Joe and Evie in the future? Could they appear in the next 6-episode series of Rick and Michonne, which was announced a few weeks ago at Comic-Con in San Diego?
If there are such plans, Crews is already ready to return to The Walking Dead universe:
“Connections could really happen (…) When it was announced that Rick and Michonne were coming back, I think it reinvigorated the whole franchise, I had no idea. I came down from the Comic-Con stage, I was walking, and we were doing some more interviews. I heard the screams and screams, and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And boom, there was Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira on stage, announcing the six episodes they’re going to do. And I said ‘That would be a dream’. (…) Or it could be with Negan, Maggie or Daryl, I’m open, I want to leave it open, I’m ready to do all of this. I want to come back to this world.
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