The Walking Dead is about to return to AMC with Season 7 for an explosive premiere episode that nearly all of the TV viewing audience will be tuning in to see. So much so that the spoiler levels over the summer have been guarded better than Fort Knox.
But sometimes, there is just no right way to keep a spoiler under wraps, as producers for The Walking Dead have had to find out the hard way. For starters, fans of The Walking Dead are so intensely loyal to the show that when a cliffhanger happens, they analyze every angle of the episodes for clues. But when they do not find the clues they are looking for, they turn to other avenues such as business data and actors doing other things.
One good example of that is when Glenn Rhee was thought to have been killed off last year on The Walking Dead when Nicholas committed suicide on the dumpster and fell on top of him, landing both of them in an ocean of ravenous zombies.
One of the reasons that The Walking Dead fans were able to break that spoiler was through a goof up on the IMDb page that listed Steven Yeun as being in episodes throughout the season, which told fans that he was not dead even though they went two more episodes without showing it.
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But now, The Walking Dead has a cliffhanger so big and so intense that they have had to make sure and cover every possible angle that will ensure that the IMDb screw up, or any other screw ups, will never happen again. It is safe to assume that at this point, producers for The Walking Dead have been successful at keeping the spoiler under wraps. But there is still a lot of ground to cover between now and the October 23 premiere date for Season 7 of The Walking Dead.
Once again, there is another person on the set of The Walking Dead that is not having any of that spoiler action, and that person is Lennie James. For those who do not know who Lennie James is, he portrays the character of Morgan on The Walking Dead.
Lennie James spoke with Entertainment Weekly and gave them some insight as to what he is doing right now, while The Walking Dead is still in its off-season.
“Everybody tries to get clever about it,” Lennie James told EW. “So everybody tries to kind of catch you out. Everybody asks who you’re filming with this particular day, or ‘Who did you see today?’ Or ‘Who did you have dinner with today?’ Or ‘Please send such and such my love’ — all trying to figure out what your reaction is going to be. And these are members of the public, these are friends of mine, these are members of my family all trying to ask the question that may well kind of catch you out.”
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But when Lennie James is asked how he deals with the possibility of accidentally revealing a spoiler for Season 7 of The Walking Dead, he talked about removing himself from the situation, or a hiatus, so to speak, from speaking to people.
“I’ve kind of done two things,” Lennie James told EW. “One, I’ve stopped speaking to people. And two, you have to get very single-minded about protecting this particular story line and trying your best to stay true to it everywhere. People will just whisper something in your ear when you’re at the store or when you’re at the supermarket thinking that you’ll turn around and divulge some piece of information, but so far I think I’m doing okay.”
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The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 23.
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