‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Spoilers: Negan’s Kill Will ‘Make You Mad’ And ‘TWD’ Gets Even Darker After That

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After The Walking Dead Season 6 finale cliffhanger left TWD fans mad as the devil, you’d think the writers and directors would try to make them happy, or as happy as they can be knowing that Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has killed at least one of their favorite characters. But according to the director of The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere, Greg Nicotero, nothing could be further from the truth. Nicotero dropped the bombshell on AMC’s Geeking Out, warning TWD fans that things will only get worse after they finally see who Negan killed.

“You’re gonna be mad. It was the hardest episode I’ve ever directed. There’s so much more that happens in that episode that is more heartbreaking than that moment, that by the time the episode’s over it’s almost too much. It’s that intense.”

Warning: potential The Walking Dead spoilers follow, especially if you aren’t caught up with the series so far.

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Walking Dead fans have already worked themselves into a frenzy all summer trying to figure out who died, and as The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere approaches, the latest buzz indicates that not one, but two TWD characters will die. Nicotero also admitted in a recent interview with EW that things have taken such a dark turn this season that it has changed the whole vibe of the set and how TWD cast members feel when they’re working. For example, Andrew Lincoln used to joke around when they were preparing to start a scene by saying “Let’s kick this pig,” referencing a previous season when pigs got loose around the prison. But much of that joviality has been missing this summer on the The Walking Dead set.

“It was different this year, because we knew that we were jumping into it in a very deep, dark, cold place. So it was a different emotion on set… it was really challenging, and it was hard. And the first couple episodes are a bit relentless in that sort of dark place that they really don’t want to go, but we’re going to take you there.”

If you Walking Dead fans are yelling, “But we don’t want to go there!” you obviously aren’t getting a say in the matter.


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One thing Nicotero pointed out was that this won’t be like the TWD comic books where Glenn died at the hands of Negan and his barbed-wire bat, Lucille, and the Walking Dead comic series quickly moved on with the story. For the TV series, expect the survivors to linger on in the despair and hopelessness of the situation, with hints that Negan will continue to torture Rick’s group, whether mentally, physically, or both. Nicotero made it clear to EW that no one is going to save the day on The Walking Dead this time around, like previous bleak situations where they narrowly escaped.

“Their world has literally become smaller and smaller and trapped them, and now they’re in a situation that they’ve never been in before where the cavalry is not coming over the hill. Carol is not going to show up and blow up the propane tank outside of Terminus. These things aren’t going to happen, and it’s just devastating.”

For those Walking Dead fans who love spoilers, expect to rely less and less on the comic series as time goes by. In fact, creator Robert Kirkman confirmed to Geeking Out that he plans to have the TWD television series and the graphic novels end in completely different ways if the TV series ends first.

Michael Cudlitz as Abraham on TWD

“The comic was the comic before the show, so I try to maintain that. I know how I’m going to end The Walking Dead [comic], so I can’t tell anyone, because I don’t want it in the show before I get it in my comic! So if the show were to end at any point and the comic was still going, I would have to sit down with Scott [Gimple] and pretend I had no idea how to end it and work with him and try and come up with a new ending.”

That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to Walking Dead fans, who already know the television series and comic books often diverge. But having said that, that doesn’t mean that Glenn (Steven Yeun) isn’t going to die at the hands of Negan as he does in the comics, and he’s a heavy favorite to meet Lucille, along with Abraham (Michael Cudlitz.)

The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere date for 2016 is October 23 on AMC. Be sure to have your Kleenex handy, and perhaps a pillow or two to scream into given those teasers from Nicotero.

[Featured Image by Gene Page/AMC]