Not even Juan Javier Cardenas knew about the twist to his character until he was minutes away from filming his first scene on "TWD." Executive producer and episode director Greg Nicotero pulled him aside to make the reveal.
"So we walked off the set and he goes, 'OK. So here's the thing. You're a mole,'" Cardenas told Insider of how he learned of the major twist to his character.
"You're working for the Whisperers at a year or two," Cardenas said Nicotero told him. "So dissension and suspicion in Alexandria and corruption from the inside. [Showrunner] Angela [Kang]'s going to come later and tell you a little bit more. So, OK. Five minutes. Here we go. Roll."
Cardenas was under the impression he was playing the character from Robert Kirkman's comics. After all, he acted out a scene from the comics between Dante and Maggie when reading for the role.
"The material that I was given to audition with actually reflected a significant scene in the comic books that Dante was a part of," said Cardenas of his audition material, which included a scene from Dante's comic introduction in issue No. 131 and another from issue No. 160 where he professes his love for Maggie.
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