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Nadia Hilker Interview: Magna & Yumiko’s Class Division

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Nadia Hilker spoke to The Natural Aristocrat® about the social class division between Magna and Yumiko in The Walking Dead Season 11.

This Walking Dead interview took place during a press day roundtable over Zoom.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT (NIR REGEV): There’s a scene at Governor Milton’s Masquerade Ball in “New Haunts” where Magna is working as a waitress and serving Yumiko.

Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

You can really see the class division & social stratification, almost reminiscent of The Purge.

It’s clear there for the first time that Magna & Yumiko came from two different worlds and kind have returned to their starting spots. I was wondering what it was like to film the moment?

Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 11 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 11 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

NADIA HILKER: Oh, I hated it. I hated it! I don’t know, when I read the script, I was convinced that Magna would find a way to get out of there and convince everyone around her to do the same… But then because of the differences in the classes and how they treated people, she felt responsible and wanted to help and make a change.

Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

That’s pretty much the world we’re living in, you know, on this planet. And yeah, for me as Magna, it feels like, it was better out there than being in The Commonwealth. You’re a prisoner.

Nadia Hilker as Magna- The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Nadia Hilker as Magna- The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Magna being a waitress and then also, serving her ex-girlfriend, she’s been having issues with that.

She felt like that humiliated her. Like Yumiko looked down on Magna for being a waitress, while she’s an attorney. A lot of mixed feelings… Really, a lot of mixed feelings!

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Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

If there’s one wish that could come true is that I would’ve loved to see Magna’s backstory. Where she & Yumiko came from. A hundred percent!

I have always loved the episodes where it’s really focused on the character. I love it.

There’s nothing more that I love in a TV program than to show a character and where they originated from and where they came from.

Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

It just connects you to them so much more. So yeah, I think that would be awesome for every one of us to be able to see our origin stories.

To see how we came to this point, see all the people that we lost. It only connects fans more!

Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

I think that’s just like one of the coolest journeys to see on a TV show.

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Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

That ASL is the most beautiful language in the world!

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT (NIR REGEV): Thanks Nadia!

NADIA HILKER: Thank you!

Nadia Hilker as Magna, Angel Theory as Kelly - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Nadia Hilker as Magna, Angel Theory as Kelly – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

The Walking Dead Season 11 Return Date

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Nadia Hilker as Magna, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Melissa McBride as Carol, Angel Theory as Kelly - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Nadia Hilker as Magna, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Melissa McBride as Carol, Angel Theory as Kelly – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

The Walking Dead Season 11 makes its long awaited comeback on AMC and AMC+ on Sunday, October 2 at 9:00 pm ET / 8:00 pm Central! What will become of Magna & Yumiko? The final 8 episodes are almost here.

Episode 1117 “Lockdown” Synopsis:

“Daryl and Negan rush to the Commonwealth to stop Hornsby from going after their families. Pamela deals with protestors demanding justice for Sebastian’s crimes. Mercer needs Rosita’s help to fight a swarm.”

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Julia Ruchman

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