Whilst the final moments of The Walking Dead’s sixth season left fans with a huge cliffhanger, many viewers were left with a bitter taste in their mouths at the prospect of having to wait for several months before we find out which poor soul was beaten to death by Negan and Lucille. As such, it looks as if the show is taking on board the negative feedback ahead of Season 7.
Robert Kirkman, who created the comic book and who serves as a writer and executive producer on the TV show, has revealed to EW that the audience backlash to Season 6’s cliffhanger has indeed been noted. Kirkman said, “Look, I think as a creative person I have to acknowledge that all responses are valid, so I definitely have to take note that there’s a seemingly significant portion of the audience that wasn’t happy with that direction, so in that respect I think everyone on The Walking Dead creative team has taken note of that, and I don’t know that I would expect a similar cliffhanger at the end of Season 7.”
He continued, “At the same time, I know it’s just a small portion of the audience, and a lot of people actually like the mystery and are enjoying the guessing game that they’re playing over the summer so I don’t know. But you get to Season 6 on a show and you try new things and sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, but I would hope that after enjoying six seasons of the show people would recognise that. Everything that Scott Gimple is putting together is an effort to keep the show exciting and engaging and keeping everybody excited about it.”
Season 6, of course, ended with the introduction of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s brutal, no-nonsense Negan, and we were treated to a POV shot of someone getting beaten to death. Who that person is remains to be seen, with there being plenty of fan theories out there. In the comic book realm, the exact same thing happened, as in Negan brutally battered someone to death with his trusty barbed-wire-infused baseball bat… but the show has proven plenty of times that it’s not afraid to veer away from the source material and put a new spin on certain comic book happenings, meaning that the person who bit the bullet in the books may not end up being the same person who gets pummelled in the TV show.
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