Sunday will mark a lot of change in the world that has become The Walking Dead. We could start talking about it all right here, but admit it, there’s really only one thing on your mind – who the heck is going to die?
The AMC show ended its sixth season with Negan – played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan – poised to kill one of the main characters on the zombie apocalypse show.
The death, however, is only the beginning. In fact, as creator Robert Kirkman tells The Hollywood Reporter, the resolution of the cliffhanger sets the stage for both the seventh and eighth seasons, and where The Walking Dead will take viewers next. That begins by splitting the story into four communities. And then having the audience realize the biggest surprise isn’t just who got killed.
“This is a big season, so we’re not just protecting things that happen in the first episode. There are things that happen in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth episode and beyond. We’re trying to maintain that secrecy so when people watch the show, they can have that same experience they have in the comic where you don’t know what’s going to happen, and it comes as an exciting surprise as the story moves forward.
“There is a lot of secrecy surrounding this season, and when people watch the episodes, they’ll see why and hopefully appreciate it.”
Early in the fifth season, the characters end up in a place called Terminus. It might not have too much meaning to exclusive television watchers, but those familiar with the comic know that Terminus actually plays a bigger role where one character (who we won’t name, just in case) is nearly killed by a baseball bat. At least according to reporter Lesley Goldberg.
How should comic fans interpret all of that. They must be clues, right?
“I wouldn’t take a playful moment where we’re tipping our hat to those (comic) fans to be any indicator to what we have planned or what we’re doing. This is us acknowledging that we know there are different tiers to our fanbase, and we’re having fun with it. I think it’s great, because it adds an extra level of storytelling where you get something else out of a scene, or are expecting a scene to go a certain way, and it doesn’t.
“Those are fun expectations to play with. It makes us up our game because we’re able to tell stories on multiple levels, depending on how engaged the audience is in the entire Walking Dead experience.”
Well, take a deep breath. The long wait is almost over. The seventh season of The Walking Dead premieres this Sunday on AMC.
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