‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Defend Season 6 Finale Cliffhanger
The Walking Dead Season 6 90-minute finale ended with an infuriating “Who did Negan kill?” cliffhanger, which has, once again, put the show’s producers on defense.
The iconic big bad killed someone we all know and love, but despite several solid theories we have no idea who the unlucky soul was.
Anticipating the backlash — especially after Glenn Rhee’s fake-out death in Episode 3 — showrunner Scott Gimple told viewers on Talking Dead, “We have to do an episode that justifies it to you. We have to do something so great, and so intense, that you’re like, ‘OK, fair play.’
"That’s the challenge we have and we’re going to do it. We’re going to deliver you something fantastic.”
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“We want you to be one of those people in that lineup,” he added, referring to Negan’s "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" assembly of our beloved group.
“We want you to feel that suspense, and that terror, and that pain. We’re going to deliver you a story next season that justifies it.”
In a conference call with a handful of media outlets today, April 4, Scott echoed those sentiments.
He promised Season 7 will pick up where Season 6 left off and said (via TV Line) the October premiere will “be pushing some boundaries” in terms of blood and gore.
“Things are going to start of very, very, very dark,” he said, before adding, “But that won’t be the whole season. It’s not going to be darkness upon darkness upon darkness.”
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Scott also said there were no “negative motivation” behind ending the season on a cliffhanger in the wake of dumpstergate.
“It really is all about the story and the audience’s experience of the story. We do care about our audience a great deal. We don’t enjoy the pain that they go through,” he explained.
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But if you’re desperately trying to figure out who Negan bludgeoned to death, the showrunner warns you need not waste your time, declaring there’s “no way” fans can figure out the identity of the victim by analyzing the sequence.
Scott also acknowledged it will be “very, very difficult” to keep the identity of the victim a secret, but he looks forward to Season 7.
The Walking Dead Season 7 premieres this fall on AMC.
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