Katherine McNamara and Matt Barr at The CW’s “Walker Independence” Preview – The Nerds of Color

While covering The CW’s Upfront 2022 red carpet, I had the pleasure of chatting with Katherine McNamara and Matt Barr from Independence of walkers. The new show is set in the late 1800s and will serve as the origin story for The CW’s current hit series. Walker.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 19: (L-R) Jared Padalecki, Katherine McNamara, Matt Barr, Justin Johnson Cortez, Philemon Chambers, Katie Findlay and Lawrence Kao of “Walker: Independence” speak onstage during the network’s 2022 upfront presentation CW at New York City Center on May 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The CW)

THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE WALKERS follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara, “Arrow”), a well-to-do and hard-witted Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes during their trip out West. After bumping into Calian, a curious Apache tracker, Abby arrives in the town of Independence, Texas, where she encounters diverse and eclectic residents fleeing their past, pursuing their dreams, and keeping their own secrets, including Kate Carver, an idiosyncratic burlesque . a dancer with a perhaps too keen interest in Abby’s origins, and Kai, a soulful Chinese immigrant who runs a local restaurant/laundry and offers Abby a friendship without an agenda. Abby also literally bumps into Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barre, “Walker”), a slippery thug, thief, and crook with a dented heart of gold who quickly looks up to Abby as a mark, until she turns the tables on him. While seeking justice for her husband, Abby encounters the noble Deputy Sheriff of Independence, Augustus, and her new boss, Sheriff Tom Davidson, whom she has reason to believe is a very bad man. Abby and Hoyt soon find themselves lined up precariously, both seeking to uncover the truth behind the identity of Abby’s husband’s killer and vowing to save Independence – a booming frontier town where nothing is what it is. seems.

We discussed what made Independence of walkers stand out, their individual characters, how it adds to the world of Walker, dream stories, and more. Keep reading for everything they shared with me!

Walker Independence — “Pilot” — Image Number: WID101a_0023r — Pictured: Katherine McNamara as Abby — Photo: Anna Kooris/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

What marked the project for you?
Katherine McNamara: I think what stood out to me was that it’s a western that tries to refresh and reinvent what a western is. We take the term independence in a very interesting way, and it has its pros and cons, but it’s about this woman who comes to the West and has wiped the slate clean, but is surrounded by people who are willing to be there and who survive together.
Matt Bar: I think that was sort of our… I guess the music video version of a western, but it feels fresh. We have modern music and the characters are fresh and very, very current, and the dynamics are all relatable. I can’t wait for a new generation to encounter westerns. It’s a fun sandbox.
McNamara: It’s a very magical world.

You guided me perfectly to my next question, because I’m such a fan of different dynamics and relationships. Do you have a personal favorite that you’re most excited for fans to see?
McNamara: I don’t think I have a favorite because all the characters are so rich. I have no idea where this is going to go, we have so many opportunities with all the different intersections of people.
Closed off : I’m excited about ours, Abby and Hoyt, because we come from different worlds, two different people. It’s like it’s gonna be the whole thing Romanticize the stone thing, you know? A city girl, a bit of a country boy, but it would be fun to see us together a bit too.
McNamara: Very narrow, very wild and then it’s…
Closed off : I could use a little, maybe you can use a little.
McNamara: Yes, they complement each other very well, but they clash a lot.

Walker Independence — “Pilot” — Image Number: WID101a_0023r — Pictured: Matt Barr as Hoyt — Photo: Anna Kooris/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

How does it feel to see the fans’ enthusiasm for Independence of walkers?
McNamara: It was really wonderful. Today we’re just starting to see pictures coming out and people are really excited I think.
Closed off : Yes, they are. It’s fun to see all the people who are loyal to Walker, somehow hear them want to come and discover this new world of Walker.
McNamara: It’s a family and I think people are going to like it.

Walker is so big, what do you think this show will add to that world?
McNamara: I think there’s so much that people expect from westerns and we give you a little bit of it with the scope and the feel and the nostalgia, but we also give you a lot of what you don’t expect. I think that’s what people will really enjoy.
Closed off : You know how Walker takes place in Austin? I think of our show as, this is how Austin was built, this is how the Texas Rangers were born. It’s the beginning.
McNamara: This is the OG story of the Walkers’ birth and I think it will be an exciting story to tell.

Are there any dream scenarios you would like to see with your characters eventually?
McNamara: I think the biggest thing is I can’t wait to see West affect Abby because she’s very educated, very direct, very driven by what she wants, but West is never simple . I’m curious how her strength and flaws combine as she has to negotiate this world.
Closed off : Good question. I want Hoyt to have like a little son or a little girl who is a mini Hoyt who he has to teach to be a little mini gunslinger. It would be cute if she was a little girl and she wore a little hat, her boots and he taught her how she can walk into any bar and scam guys out of their cards or something.
McNamara: We’ll finally have some tumbleweed for Hoyt.
Closed off : Yeah, a little mini Hoyt!

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