‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7: Melissa McBride On Keeping The Big Secret From Her Mom

The cast and crew of The Walking Dead are doing everything in their power to keep the big cliffhanger season finale a secret. Walking Dead fans all know that Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, made an example out of someone from Rick’s group, but the debate over exactly who was killed has been buzzing in fan forums since the credits rolled on that Season 6 finale.

While it’s been hard to keep Walking Dead spoilers out of the media, imagine how hard it is when your own mom asks you who died. Or worse yet, how do you respond when your mom asks if your character was killed on The Walking Dead? Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on the series, understands this dilemma all too well, according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“[My mother’s] like, ‘I want to know who died!’ And then I was talking to her just days ago and she was like, ‘Did you die?’ I’m like, ‘Mom, I wasn’t in that scene.’ She goes, ‘I just don’t know. Somebody died.'”

It’s pretty much a given that McBride also gets grilled by Walking Dead fans wanting to know who was killed off, but fortunately for Melissa, dealing with the inevitable fan questions is a bit easier. From the interview with ET, it sounds like fans are a little less persistent in pursuing Walking Dead spoilers, plus McBride has developed a way to make Walking Dead fans really think about what they’re asking and the repercussions if she actually accommodated their requests.

“They ask, but they don’t try to get me to spill the beans. They ask and it’s a lot of me saying, ‘If I could tell you, would you really want me to tell you?’ And then they’re like, ‘No. I want to know, but I want to wait. I don’t want to know. I don’t know if I want to know. It’s driving me nuts!’

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If you’re a Walking Dead fan, that “I want to know but I don’t want to know” response probably makes perfect sense to you. However, Walking Dead fans seem to be split into two camps over that controversial season finale that left everyone hanging as to who died.

Some see the cliffhanger ending as a fairly common practice in many TV shows to make sure viewers tune in for the next season. Unfortunately, it seems like the majority of Walking Dead viewers reacted quite angrily when faced with a long wait to find out which of their favorite characters had died.

Despite The Walking Dead cast staying busy with filming the upcoming season, McBride has not been oblivious to all the brouhaha stirring around the biggest cliffhanger since “Who shot JR?” on Dallas.

“Oh, I’ve heard it. I’ve heard it all. But, you know, it’s entertaining. It’s compelling and some people like cliffhangers, some people hate them, and that’s just part of the experience. But I hope those people that feel jilted will tune in because the premiere is just going to be… oh God, it’s going to rock the walls. The wait is worth it. Whether you’re angry with it or whether you liked the cliffhanger or whether you’re pissed off about it, the wait is worth it.”

Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus
If there’s anything that might make Walking Dead fans forget about trying to solve the mystery of who Negan killed — even if only temporarily — it’s the possibility of a certain romance involving McBride’s character. Recent spoilers from Movie Fone renewed hope for all the Carol shippers out there when both McBride and Norman Reedus, otherwise known as Daryl Dixon, were spotted filming together on set. Even the slightest hint that Carol and Daryl would finally act on all of that unresolved tension sent Walking Dead fans into a tizzy.

If the writers and producers of The Walking Dead really want to appease all those angry viewers, a Carol romance just may be the ticket, presuming Daryl hasn’t felt the deadly kiss of Negan’s bat, Lucille. The Walking Dead Season 7 debuts October 23 on AMC.

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