‘Walking Dead’: EP Talks Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, Glenn’s Death, Ezekiel, And Love In ‘TWD’ [Spoilers]

The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere ended with fans who were shocked and traumatized. It also ended with two heartbreaking deaths: Glenn Rhee and Abraham Ford. What is coming next? Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd talks about Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, Glenn’s death, Ezekiel, and finding love during war.

TWD spoilers are ahead. If you don’t want to know what is going to happen on the zombie apocalypse TV show, then stop reading.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Steven Yeun discussed Glenn’s death on The Walking Dead. Although some blame Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), the actor said that Daryl will probably blame himself. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd told Entertainment Tonight something similar. It is being teased that Dixon will be haunted by what happened to Glenn on TWD.

“These characters can’t read the future. They’ve never come across anyone like Negan before. They have to learn on their own. They have to learn who Negan is and Negan shows them.”

The executive producer added that everyone, including Daryl Dixon, is going to be traumatized by Negan’s actions.

“The show is all about the choices that we make and the fans either relating to those choices, being horrified by them or understanding them. But we’re all both fans and characters alike, who are traumatized by what we’ve seen happen.”

As for Rick Grimes, portrayed by Andrew Lincoln, many are wondering why he didn’t lose his hand. Also, what exactly made Negan stop Rick from cutting off Carl’s hand? Even though it was the Governor who severed Rick’s upper limb in The Walking Dead comic books, some fans thought Negan would do it in the Season 7 premiere.

Hurd explained that it was a mind game. It is one thing to threaten to cut off Rick’s hand, but to force him to do it to his own son? That is much more threatening and ultimately, is what led to Rick Grimes breaking down. However, don’t expect him to throw in the towel. The executive producer teased that even though Rick is broken, he isn’t giving up.

Last Sunday, fans of The Walking Dead met Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Shiva in The Kingdom. Through the years, viewers have met a lot of crazy and unstable leaders. However, Ezekiel isn’t one of them. Out of all of those individuals, Ezekiel is actually one of the most level-headed.

As many fans already know, in the comic books, Ezekiel and The Kingdom will help defeat Negan and the Saviors. This isn’t the only purpose of the community, though.

“The other great thing about this season is being able to open up and see, not only the danger and brutality of Negan, but the fact that there are other communities that are functioning. That provides some hope in this dark world.”

There isn’t just going to be violence and war in The Walking Dead Season 7. There will also be love, Hurd teased. The executive producer said that during the darkest times is when people realize how important their loved ones are. That doesn’t just include romantic relationships, but friends and family, too.

So, what can fans expect on The Walking Dead next week? Season 7, Episode 3 is titled “The Cell.” A promo clip reveals that it will be about what is happening with Daryl Dixon at the Sanctuary. He was kidnapped by Negan and the Saviors. The video clip shows him being isolated and when he is let out, Dwight (Austin Amelio) makes sure he is in fear. It is also teased that things can always get worse with Negan.

“Whatever he’s done, there’s more.”

What do you think is going to happen with the characters on TWD? Will Daryl Dixon survive Season 7? How will Rick Grimes get through Abraham and Glenn’s deaths? Find out when AMC airs a new episode of The Walking Dead next Sunday.

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