The Walking Dead: Q&A with Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene); a Sneak Peek of Episode 2.10 – 18 Miles Out

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In last night’s episode of “The Walking Dead”, seeds were sown for the inevitable Rick vs. Shane showdown, and we can’t wait! But first here’s a Q&A with Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel, and a sneak peek of upcoming Episode 2.10, “18 Miles Out”.

Below the interview with Wilson, in which the veteran actor and Georgia native compares his grandparents’ farmhouse to Hershel’s and shares some anecdotes from his illustrious career, you’ll find a couple of stills and a clip from “18 Miles Out” wherein Lori gives Maggie some relationship advice. Not sure she’s the best person for the task, but whatever…

Once you’re done reading and watching, you’ll want to visit the official “The Walking Dead” page on, where you’ll find highlights of Episode 2.09, “Triggerfinger”, along with an “inside look” at the ep to see why the cast members think changing morals and conflicting ideas are rattling the characters of “The Walking Dead”.

Q: I read that you grew up around Atlanta. What was it like returning to the area for the show?

A: When I lived there, it was about 500,000 people in that area. Now it’s a lot larger; I hardly know my way around! It was interesting, kind of looking back at the pieces of the past I could find. I went to the old homestead that I lived in when I was a kid and saw some old friends.

Q: Was the old homestead anything like Hershel’s farm?

A: [Laughs] Not at all. This was in Atlanta. My grandparents did have a farm, and when I was a kid. I used to go down there, but it was not as spectacular as Hershel’s.

Q: Did you ever find yourself wishing Hershel’s farm was yours?

A: Oh, it’s such a great place. Hershel’s farm is a bit like Shangri-La for everyone: the perfect getaway from all the dangers.

Q: What would you do if you were a guest on Hershel’s farm and found out the guy was keeping a bunch of walkers in the barn?

A: You gotta understand you’re talking to Hershel here! I can’t totally separate myself from him; I kind of see from his perspective a bit. Hershel hasn’t been exposed to the same risks as other people. Plus, it is his farm and his say, and things are going to be run the way he wants them to be run. Hershel was also a biologist at one point — so he’s a man of science. He’s not necessarily coming up with this stuff from far left field.

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Q: In Episode 9 Hershel tells Rick that he knows how to shoot, he just doesn’t like to. Would you say that phrase applies to you?

A: I’m not a great hunter. But I have fired guns in the past, when I was growing up. But it was part of growing up where I lived. You go out hunting or target practice. They also taught you to respect guns.

Q: Do you have children? Do you relate to the protectiveness that Hershel shows as a father?

A: My wife and I have been married 35 years and we don’t have children, but I don’t think you need children to be protective of or concerned for children and humanity.

Q: You have a long and illustrious career. What makes the set of “The Walking Dead” unique from your seasoned perspective?

A: I will say this: The first film that I was on was In the Heat of the Night, that Norman Jewison directed with Sidney Poitier. I’m on the set and I’m totally taking it for granted. Everyone is working for everyone else and pulling for the very best, and it makes everyone better because you feel that effort and concern and appreciation. I thought that every film should be like that from then on — but sadly found that every one was not. But this show is like that. And the crew, the DPs, the cameramen, the producers, special effects, everything comes together. And every one of them will carry this experience with them for the rest of their lives.

Q: Final question: Have you ever kept a big secret from a group of guests before?

A: [Laughs] Have you?

Q: Can’t say I have.

A. It’s not exactly a surprise birthday cake, what’s going on, on the farm…

Episode 2.10 – 18 Miles Out (2/26/12 Air Date):
Rick and Shane come into conflict over the fate of an outsider. Andrea helps Hershel’s youngest daughter face a crucial decision. Written by Scott M. Gimple & Glen Mazzara and directed by Ernest Dickerson.

Scott Wilson, The Walking Dead

Scott Wilson, The Walking Dead

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