To the left of this text is a casual photo of the women of The Walking Dead taken at Walker Stalker Con Chicago 2014. Look at the physical distance between original Season 1 actress Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Season 2 actress Emily Kinney (Beth Greene). Based on the body language, what do you notice?
At first glance, everything looks just fine among the lady warriors of AMC’s popular TV show. But a closer interpretation of the body language in the photo reveals that all may not be well in zombieland. Note how Laurie Holden appears to be closed off from the other women in the group, with her arm wrapped around Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler) for protection and her head leaning on Lauren Cohen (Maggie Greene) for support. A sign of her internal dissatisfaction that she is no longer a part of the show? Or a deeper, more primal desire to close herself off from Kinney? Observe how Kinney has positioned herself to the side of the core group, and has a concentrated stare at the camera as if she were avoiding the distractions from the obvious closeness of the other three cast mates. Little Brighton Sharbino (Lizzie Samuels) stands between everyone, smiling cheerfully and acting as a bridge to keep an open link between all of the women.
So what does any of this have to do with Norman Reedus?
While there are no official confirmations that Reedus ever dated Kinney or Holden, there are numerous photos of him hugging, kissing, licking (it’s a Reedus thing) and showering these two actresses with intense affection at various points in the past 4 seasons of The Walking Dead. Reedus is famous for his bromance with costars Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yuen – why wouldn’t he focus on his female costars just as passionately?
Sure – he has also been pictured hugging and licking Sarah Wayne Callies (Rick’s wife Lori) as well as Melissa McBride (Carol) – but this is different. Perhaps all those hours that Kinney spent filming with Reedus for Season 4 have caused friction among some of the cast? Did Reedus get too close to Kinney, something that has been noticed and frowned upon by Reedus’ former close friend and cast mate Holden? Hmmmm….
John Suler, author of Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche, states that any group photo has clusters and loners. “Clusters: Every group of three or more people tends to have subgroups – i.e., people who feel more bonded to each other than to the other people in the group. In a photo you can often see the subgroups as clusters of people who are physically closer to, orienting towards, or touching each other. Sometimes you’ll see people positioned between clusters, as if they belong to and provide a link between those subgroups. Loners: People who feel less attached to the group, or have been overlooked, ignored, or ostracized by the group members, tend to stand off to side, lean out, or look away from the group.”
Zombies may be dangerous, but hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
See the attached slideshow for more evidence. What do you think - is there a cat fight going on behind the scenes of The Walking Dead?