‘The Walking Dead’ Season Six Finale Was Never About the Death, According to Norman Reedus

By April 19, 2016
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Warning: This post will contain Walking Dead spoilers for anyone not caught up on the series.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, then you’ve probably heard about the controversy surrounding the season six finale of The Walking Dead at this point, whether you even watch the series or not. With fans being forced to wait too many months to find out who was on the receiving end of Negan’s baseball bat at the end of the episode, which many feel (myself included), robbed the entire episode and scene of any real weight.

Despite several of the creators’ and members of the creative coming out to defend the finale over the past few weeks as well, the anger from the show’s fans’ hasn’t died down at all it has seemed, and now, it looks like the series’ most beloved cast member has just come out to defend the episode.

None other than Dary Dixon himself, Norman Reedus, shared his opinion on the finale and the fan backlash its received, during a recent interview with NY Daily News:

“If they killed off one of their favorite characters, they’d all yell about that. It’s surprising how many people want to see blood. That finale wasn’t about who dies, our show is not ‘Survivor Island.’”

I honestly hate to beat a dead horse, but since this one’s identity has yet to be revealed to me – I’m going to anyway.

If this were any other death scene in the series, then I think that Reedus would be completely right here. I think that fans would have been angry, but it would have been much more of an agonizing form of anger, rather than a frustrated one. The problem was that, this wasn’t just another death scene – this was the introduction of Negan, which the entire season has been building towards.

Everyone knew that the moment was coming. Everyone knew that the finale would end with Negan laying waste to one of the group’s members, by connecting Lucille to their brains. So to cut the scene off early and say, “We know you’ve been waiting for this scene the entire season, but you don’t get to feel the full weight of it right now because we need to make sure you’re gonna come back,” made the show feel cheap. Something that I think The Walking Dead has been labeled too many times already as of late, for the creators and cast members to be this nonchalant and uncaring about the fans’ reactions to what was, its most anticipated episode yet.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    After the Test Death with Glenn (4 Eps to reveal TALL Dumpsters) during the 1st half of the season, then a 90 minute episode that was an episode of On The Road With Rick & LOTS Of Commercials I think Remus needs to just go do his side project & let the fans vent. Some of them might even come back. I’ll be waiting on the reviews because it will probably be 2 or 3 episodes to reveal who died!!!!