"You're doing the exact opposite of what the door says, assholes."
It's not that Brittany begrudges anyone a star sighting. She's had her share of thrills -- chief among them spotting Norman Reedus at the local Barnes & Noble. We managed to refrain from asking what he smelled like. But when you're a fan ...
It Takes A Lot Of The Fun Out Of Watching The Show
"I am a fan of the show, but not as big a fan as I think I would be had I lived outside of town," Brittany says. For one thing, "I think I watch the show differently because I lived in town during its filming ... I'm always paying attention to the landscape, trying to figure out where exactly things are." It's hard to focus on the turmoil of the character who has to spare a loved one a terrible fate by stabbing them in the head when all you can think is "Hey, that's my dentist's office!"
"... And look, I think that's Mr. Peterson's tank!"
But the bigger problem is that avoiding spoilers is damn near impossible, even if you keep your eyes dangerously averted while driving around town. "Keeping nosy people from spreading spoilers is a concern," she says, "particularly while filming around Main Street, because of all of the buildings and high windows." You simply can't get an NDA from every window-washer, and the diehard fans who visit the town don't give any part of a fuck about loudly discussing their findings in public. "You can find plenty of spoilers from the comics online if you look for them, but that's your choice," Brittany says. "I don't really get a choice, because tourists are constantly out and about talking about what they saw or heard."
"According to the comics, this next episode should have zombies coming from out of the woods!"
"Here's one example: I'm not a comic person, so I didn't know what was up with the big wall they were constructing," she says. "That one was spoiled for me, though, by a guy sitting across from me at a restaurant here. 'That's the Alexandria Safe-Zone that they'll end up at because they find out there's nothing in Washington!' Thanks, guy." Forget about shotguns -- to survive the real zombie apocalypse, pack earplugs.
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