Having last worked with the likes of Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, and the rest of the cast members playing Alexandria-based characters towards the end of the sixth season's production, James reunited with a few co-stars when Season 7 returned for its second half. However, one episode of Morgan, Rick, Daryl, and others interacting at King Ezekiel's Kingdom was hardly enough to give James his fix of friends.
"I swear to God, it was horrible... and it was the same for everybody," James said. "This season, everybody's had more time off than they have ever, ever had... but it was horrible. I hated it."
Time off does sound nice, however, James really wants to see his co-stars who have been with him on the AMC series for years, now.
"You just didn't see anybody - because we film The Kingdom in a completely different area where they were filming either Alexandria or Hilltop or where the Saviours were... no-one was close to each other," James said. "There was one point where I had three episodes off and I'm like, 'I'm just gonna go and see my kids, what am I doing in Atlanta for that amount of time?' So, I would leave town and that was exactly what everybody else was doing."
Having everybody leave town also helped preserve the Season 6 finale's cliffhanger, which left the world searching for the identity of Negan's victim.
"No-one was around," James said. "I didn't see Andy [Lincoln] for six weeks and in the end, when I saw him, we were both on a plane back to London to see our families. You just didn't see your mates!"
James is not one to complain but he did call the boss with a few words. "I said to [showrunner] Scott [Gimple], 'I see what you're doing, I really respect you, but don't ever do this to me again, 'cause I hate it!' - I just didn't see people, and then there's whole bunches of people at the wrap party that you've never met," James said. "It's like, 'Who are you? I don't know you! Where's my mates?' - it was horrible. I hated it.""
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(via Digital Spy)