‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7: Greg Nicotero Talks Of A Dark S7 Start For The Cast And Scott M. Gimple Talks TWD’s Season 6 Controversial Cliffhanger

AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 7 is coming in October as it continues from the TWD Season 6 cliffhanger. The men behind the curtain, exec. producer, director, and make-up guru Greg Nicotero and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, come forward in an interview to talk about expectations and disappointment where these two seasons end and begin.

A TWD Season 7 Emotional-Filled Experience

Greg Nicotero is a master at his craft and he spoke with Deadline Hollywood on what to expect as the Season 7 premiere approaches. Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, and Chandler Riggs already gave their take on AMC’s Talking Dead. Reedus thought that some audiences may even damage their TV set.

“You’ll probably cry. You’ll probably like smash your television set so surround your room with a lot of happy things I guess.”

Nicotero backs this up, painting a dark picture. He even felt bad for a couple of weeks because he had put his friends through the gauntlet of darkness. So it would seem that The Walking Dead has impacted the real world crew by proxy.

“It’s the anticipation and the excitement of new worlds that we’re going to, like the Hilltop, like the Kingdom, like the Sanctuary where Negan lives. Everybody’s putting so much of their heart and soul into it. You know, after directing the premiere episode, I was f****d up for two weeks, you know?”

Do you think such acting channeling could impact everyone else’s vibe?

“I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better for our group, and it’s pretty intense.”

Negan Actor Highly Impressed

The Walking Dead cast members are a testament to their efforts. Scott M. Gimple was on AMC’s Talking Dead describing the moment between Negan coming out of the RV to meet the rest of the actors on their knees. There were times where they weren’t even on camera. They were “crying, shaking, and emoting…”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan chimed in, “…for about 15 hours.”


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This shows true dedication as they were trying to sell themselves on how terrified they were of the Negan character. The Walking Dead cast impressed Morgan highly has he observed their off-camera emotion-filled demeanor for hours.

One might think this Season 6 to Season 7 transition is an equivalent to a change in management after a company buyout. A “changing of the guard” if you would. World changing events are expected and Jesus even said so when he talked to the people of Alexandria. Settlements/clans of people such as The Kingdom, The Saviors, Hilltop, and who knows what else.

The Season 6 Finale Controversy Discussed

The Walking Dead showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, addressed the Season 6 finale and the controversial chaos it created with those watching in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He was actually surprised at the intensity of the fan base.

“I wasn’t surprised. It’s a very passionate audience and I wasn’t surprised that there was some of that. I guess I was surprised how intense some folks got. But passion is passionate and if they have it for the show, after six years, I guess we’ve just got to take our lumps. I believe in what we’re doing.”

Gimple does mention how satisfying it was to find out how so many people are talking about it, even with strangers. Apparently, The Walking Dead is bringing people together in a social fashion and who knows that the season six finale probably even reinforced it and made it stick.

The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere airs October 23. Do you think what is to be expected will live up to the hype of the emotional-filled experience?

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