In case you were wondering – no, Walking Dead fans still aren’t over the strange gimmick/cliffhanger that ended the season six finale of the AMC series, which featured Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan bashing in the brains of one of the show’s main cast members, but was shot from a POV perspective that left the character’s identity a secret. For the time being at least.
The past few months haven’t been easy for the show’s creative team either, with many fans demanding that they explain the reasoning behind that choice, which many believe ruined the weight of the show’s most highly-anticipated scene.
Despite the show even going so far as to film death scenes for each of the eleven possible victims, it looks like the number of people who know the victim’s identity and who have seen the full, completed scene is starting to grow. According to director Greg Nicotero as well (via Comicbook.com), the effect on those who have watched it is evident almost immediately:
“Some of the incoming directors, when they come in, they read all the scripts. As the cuts are available, we went them to see because we want them to get a flavor for what we’re doing visually. A couple of people have seen it and then they stand next to me for about 24 hours going, ‘F**k!’ And I’m like, ‘What?’”
“People cry, which makes me happy and sad at the same time.”
I mean, I don’t think that the scene’s emotional resonance and brutality was ever going to be called into questions by fans, but the execution of the scene and its now ridiculously drawn out nature, is I think, going to visibly decrease its impact with a number of its fans. Considering that we know the victim isn’t Carl or Rick either, the show won’t be able to really pull off a twist effective enough to have the same gut punch as it would have had in the original finale.
Depending on the overall execution, including editing, directing, and acting, the scene could still very well end up being one of the show’s best, it’s just that the opportunity for it to become the pinnacle of Walking Dead, it’s own Red Wedding so to say, is no longer available. Which is a bummer, to say the least.
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