The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray set comes with featurettes offering looks inside each of Season Seven's 16 episodes, and one of those reveals the exact moment and reasons behind Sasha's Season Seven finale suicide.
While the cast and crew discuss various aspects of the Season Seven finale, series executive producer and director of the episode Greg Nicotero is the one who explicitly states the moment which helped Sasha make her decision.
"We open on Sasha in black and we don't know what she's doing," Nicotero said. "It's a breathtaking and emotional and thrilling episode." In fact, it was an episode which brought back Abraham Ford, Negan's first victim who had been killed in the Season Seven premiere, for a flashback scene with Sasha. "Sasha's entire character motivation, everything that she did, she did because of what she said to Abraham," Nicotero points out.
The dialogue Nicotero is referring to sees Sasha tell Abraham, "Maggie's gotta take care of Maggie."
"The minute that she says that, she realizes that it was something that she regrets," Nicotero points out. Abraham's response also heavily influenced the character, as he tells Sasha, "She's carrying the future. It's always for someone else."
"Her story and her journey is so critical in this episode," Nicotero said and much of the cast and crew agree, including Sasha actress Sonequa Martin-Green.
"To see this warrior have a warrior's death, there's a strange and haunting beauty to it," Martin-Green said. "I can actually still be a soldier in this war!"
"Sasha's storyline is amazing," Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln said. "It is one of those incredibly heart-wrenching but powerful and heroic sacrifices."
To check out the featurette for yourself, pick up The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray on August 22nd. The collection also includes a number of deleted and alternate scenes, as well as behind-the-scenes looks at the making of each Season Seven episode, and more.
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