If those zombie heads used for trading with the Saviors looked familiar last night, it's not because they looked like Hilltop leader Gregory, but probably because one of them was a mold of Johnny Depp's.
Executive producer of The Walking Dead Greg Nicotero spilled the beans about using Johnny Depp's head as a sculpt for one of the severed heads.
One of the Gregory heads was a cast of Nicotero's head, as they didn't have time to do a cast of Xander Berkeley's head after he got the job to play Gregory. However, one of the other heads shown on the episode was based on Johnny Depp.
"I think we had sculpted an emaciated version of a dummy head for something and we used Johnny Depp’s head as a basis just for a clay sculpt," says Nicotero, who directed Sunday night's Not Tomorrow Yet episode. "I think one of the funniest moments we’ve shot in the season is when the Savior sticks his hand inside the head and puppeteers it to start talking. I laughed so hard when we shot that scene."
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Of course, those heads didn't go to waste despite how the Saviors treated them. "Norman [Reedus] kept saying he wanted the heads when we were done shooting. I said we’ve got to wait until the picture is logged," Nicotero says.
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The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 PM ET on AMC.