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PRODUCERS: The Walking Dead Season 7 will have a devastating beginning… but the whole season won’t be as bleak

April 5th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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The Walking Dead season 6 finale left us with more questions than answers. After finally introducing iconic comic book villain Negan, the show left things dangling on an enormous cliffhanger as fans didn’t get to see who Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s baseball bat-yielding baddie ‘beat the holy hell out of.’

Showrunner and executive producer Scott M. Gimple spoke with TV Line (via Squareeyed), confirming that the opening of Season 7 will pick up right where the The Walking Dead Season 6 finale left off: “(We will) be pushing some boundaries [in terms of blood and gore]. Things are going to start off very, very, very dark. But that won’t be the whole season. It’s not going to be darkness upon darkness upon darkness. The world is going to open up even more. We’re going to have a wide variety of locales and a wide variety of tone. I’m very excited for all the different stories that are going to be told, and there are going to be a lot of different stories told… There’s probably going to be the biggest variety of stories we’ve had yet.”

“A big part of it is, “How do you begin again?” The world is not what they thought it was. How do you basically start over in this new world? All of these characters – even the [ones] that weren’t in that lineup – are in a position where they will learn the world isn’t what they thought it was and it will challenge them as far as how they choose to move forward and who they want to be.”

The cliffhanger was met with a hugely negative backlash and when asked about it, Gimple said: “If you approach it from a place of skepticism or with the idea that there’s some kind of negative or cynical motivation behind it…It’s difficult to convince you otherwise. I do think we’ve done enough on the show and we’ve delivered a story that people have enjoyed [to warrant fans giving] us the benefit of the doubt. I truly hope that people will see [the Season 7 premiere] and feel it justifies the way we’ve decided to tell the story.”

With word being that the rest of the scene still hasn’t been filmed, it really looks like on-one has any idea who dies.

Can October come soon enough?!

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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