By Mikey Taylor
Kevin Galbraith is a zombie fan ﬁrst and foremost. He recalls his ﬁrst experience watching a zombie ﬁlm at age 11, Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, and being somewhat traumatized by a scene where the zombies tore open a characters stomach, which resulted in him arming himself with a pipe and running home.
He has transitioned from fan to actor portraying several walkers on the series The Walking Dead, most
notably the Swamp Walker that kills Dale.
Gailbreath admits that Dale was his personal favorite character and ﬁnds it ironic that he was involved in a scene that has visual connections to the scene that got him hooked on the undead in the ﬁrst place.
He spoke to me about his experiences as a featured zombie.
ZAM: So was it hard to kill your favorite character?
Kevin: So, it came around to killing Dale, we did the scene at night when Dale was in the ﬁeld. It took two nights to ﬁlm that. It was all the death scenes, it was all the devastating parts, it was all the main characters coming in and out from every direction saying “Oh my God, Dale you’re dying” “ Oh why, oh why” and all that.
Doing it in that order was very strange but also very fortunate, because it motivated me to hate the shit out of Carl. We ﬁlmed the scene of him throwing locks at me after we ﬁlmed me killing Dale.
So we did two days of the Dale in the ﬁeld scene, and my emotions and personality were in pieces on the ground all over the place, and then we did the Carl scene, so it was all reversed from the ﬁnished product.
From a psychological point of view, it made me hate Carl that much more. It made me want to drown him that much more.
(The article appears in its entirety in Zombie Apocalypse Monthly Issue 5 and can be downloaded for free at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/456057)