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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead's" season nine, episode 15, "The Calm Before."
Matt Lintz, who plays Henry on AMC's "TWD," answered questions over email for INSIDER while in Berlin at Walker Stalker Germany.
Lintz talked about Sunday's big episode, posited how he may have been kidnapped by Alpha, and recalled when he realized his death scene mirrored one from season two, which featured his sister, Madison Lintz, who played Carol's daughter.
He's also ready to see a Carol and Alpha showdown.
Sunday's extra-long episode of "The Walking Dead" concluded with the reveal of 10 character deaths. Alpha had the heads of new and longtime characters put on display for Daryl, Michonne, Carol, and more to find as she marked the border for the Whisperer's territory.
In a twist from an iconic moment in the comics, Henry (Lintz) was among the biggest character deaths on Sunday's episode. It was a bit unexpected since his adopted father, Ezekiel (Khary Payton), receives his death in the comics.
Lintz is the third member of his family to appear on AMC's "TWD." His sister, Madison, played Carol's daughter, Sophia, on seasons one and two, and his brother Macsen played a younger version of his character Henry. INSIDER spoke via email with Lintz about when he found out his time in the zombie apocalypse was coming to an end, how his relationship with Lydia compares to the ill-fated one from "Titanic," and how he wants to see a Carol and Alpha showdown.
Lintz didn't know he was getting killed off the show for sure until he was filming last Sunday's episode.
Acuna: How long did you know Henry was going to be one of 10 people to be put on the pikes by Alpha? When did you find out and what was that conversation like?
Lintz: It was about 2 to 3 weeks before, maybe? I found out right around the beginning of filming [season nine] episode 14. I'm not sure exactly what the conversation was like! Since I am still a minor, they called my parents.
Acuna: Did you need to get a head mold done at all for the pike with [makeup supervisor] Greg Nicotero? I’m wondering how that came together.
Lintz: I did, yes! I knew what to expect because of my sister. It's rather claustrophobic. They told me stories of grown men who have ripped the plaster off their faces during the process. I'm happy to say I made it through bravely. Haha
How did Alpha kidnap Henry? Maybe Beta was involved!
Acuna: On Sunday's episode, it’s not made clear how exactly Alpha tricks or coerces Henry into coming with her. I feel like Henry is smart enough to not run off with someone else, especially when he told Lydia he was going to be right back. Do you know how Alpha led Henry’s character away from the Kingdom? Was there ever more there that wasn’t shown on screen perhaps? It's one of the things I wished we saw more of.
Lintz: I don’t know actually. All I can say is that he was without his stick for once because he was busy fixing the pipes again and I'm sure that it the only reason he was overpowered. I’m thinking it took Beta to do the job properly.
Acuna: I'm not sure if you’re a big fan of the comics, but in Robert Kirkman’s series it's King Ezekiel — not Henry — who gets the big pike death in the comic. There is no Henry. Were you surprised Ezekiel wasn’t killed instead of you or alongside you? Do you think it may have been too brutal to take Carol’s entire family away from her?
Lintz: It’s a brutal show. It’s a brutal world. I think that’s what makes the show compelling. No one is safe.
Henry doesn't have regrets over his decision to help Lydia and he's ready for an Alpha and Carol showdown
Acuna: We never get to see Henry’s final thoughts before he was killed. What do you think they were? Do you think he blamed himself for everyone’s deaths — maybe asked for Alpha to just hold him responsible? If he never went after Lydia again all of those people probably wouldn’t have been killed.
Lintz: This is true, but I don’t think those are the thoughts that were going through his head at the time. And I don’t think he regretted his decision. It was merely an unfortunate outcome to an act he felt he had to do. In the end, he dies for her, which I think is fitting.
Acuna: How do you think the loss of Henry will affect Lydia? He seemed to be a really good role model for her. How may it affect Ezekiel and Carol?
Lintz: I think she will always be grateful. I think she will always remember him. She has the "H" necklace that I think she will always wear. But similar to, say, Jack and Rose in Titanic, they didn’t know each other for more than a few days so I also think you will see her move on at some point. As far as Carol goes, I’m curious to see how the writers handle it. Whether she crumbles completely, or if it will cause her to head into revenge mode.
Acuna: We’ve seen what Carol would do for Henry if he was in danger. She slaughtered the rest of the Saviors. It feels like we’re setting up a Carol vs. Alpha fight. Is that something you’d like to see?
Lintz: Without question. Everyone wants to see this.
He noticed his character's death scene mirrored his sister's from season two
Acuna: Your death reveal on the show kind of mirrored that of your [real life] sister’s all the way back on season two. Daryl held Carol back from running toward Sophia. This time around, Daryl runs to prevent Carol from seeing Henry’s head on the pike. I'm not sure if that’s something you thought about or if that was discussed at all (If not, I recommend watching the two side by side). What do you make of that moment mirroring an early iconic scene from the show? It kind of really brings Daryl and Carol’s friendship full circle, too.
Lintz: We did notice that in the script right away because [Daryl] actually says the same exact line again. "Don’t look. Don't look."
Lintz looks back on his family's time on "The Walking Dead" and what's next
Acuna: What's next for you? What are you excited for?
Lintz: Actors are used to jobs coming to an end and having to find the next one. I have been taking a [break] since I finished The Walking Dead to take a breath and enjoy my junior year of high school. We’ll see!
Acuna: Is there anything else you want to add I didn't ask?
Lintz: Just a thank you for the fans from my entire family actually. We don’t take lightly the opportunity we were given to have three of us be a part of this show. We hope we are remembered fondly, and we are grateful to have been a part of it all.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
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