‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Says Returning To Film Season 7 Was ‘Definitely Not A Joyous Reunion’

Walking Dead fans are eagerly awaiting the premiere of Season 7 so they can finally see who died at the hand (or the bat) of evil villain Negan. After last season’s cliffhanging end, the wait feels terribly long. As eager as we are for production to wrap and the new Walking Dead episodes to air, Norman Reedus recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly and told them that when the cast came back together this year to resume filming, it was much different from previous reunions.

“It was exhausting, and it was no fun. You know, we always come back to this show every season, and we’re like, ‘Yeah, let’s get back into it!’ You know, all the actors are excited to be here and see each other and get back into where they were. But this was one of those where it’s like, ‘Oh, f***. Here we go.’ It was definitely not a joyous reunion. I mean, it was nice to see everybody again, of course, but it wasn’t the same as in previous years.”

The difference in the tone of the reunion for this season of Walking Dead was due not to any issues among the cast or crew, however, but rather was because they all knew the dark and difficult task that lay ahead. One of them, one of the people they had come to know and love during their time on The Walking Dead, was about to make an abrupt exit from the show, and in a brutal way.

Word has it that the death we’ll learn of in the next episode of The Walking Dead will shake up everyone. According to Reedus, it will do more than that. As he puts it, “The world is completely turned upside down.” It’s something that has to deeply affect the Walking Dead characters.

“You know, everyone, it affects them differently. Some relinquish power. Some accept it. Some fight it. There are people questioning it. There are people pointing their fingers. There are people blaming themselves. Other things happen that completely destroy people. The group is completely broken apart at this point. Negan has come in and completely shaken up everything. Loyalties are broken, belief in one another, belief in ourselves. Each individual is completely broken, and they don’t all handle it the exact same way.”

Wow. Now we’re even more eager for the new season.

Of course, there has been a lot of speculation about which Walking Dead character will be killed in the Season 7 premiere. We’ll continue to search for spoilers, but this week, as previously reported by Inquisitr, we did find out who it won’t be, thanks to Kevin Smith. And two of the them are characters that were widely believed by Walking Dead fans to be likely victims.

Stop reading now if you don’t want to know which Walking Dead characters were not killed by Negan.

So, a little thing called Comic-Con happened recently, and Kevin Smith did some panel interviews for IMDb, one of the with some of the cast of The Walking Dead. On the panel, he interviewed were Steven Yeun (Glenn), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), and Andrew Lincoln (Rick). After a nudge for a spoiler by Kevin Smith, everyone started encouraging Morgan to give a hint about which Walking Dead character his evil villain Negan killed. He gave it a little thought, then said that it was no one who was sitting there! So cross Glenn and Daryl off your list of Walking Dead characters that are about to meet their end.

The Walking Dead will premiere its seventh season on October 23 on AMC at 9 p.m. ET. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.

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