Negan’s victim will make fans cry, says Walking Dead Executive Producer
The Walking Dead Executive Producer Greg Nicotero recommends fans watch the new season premiere of show “with lots of Kleenex”.
Speaking in a new interview with Variety, Nicotero discussed the difficulties of keeping what’s become the show’s biggest ever secret and the heartbreaking outcome of what’s to come on the show.
The Walking Dead famously ended its sixth season with the mother of all cliffhangers last year, featuring a brutal murder of a beloved character – from that character’s perspective. The identity of the murdered character has been a hot topic of discussion all year, but Nicotero admitted he had a pre-prepared response for questioning fans.
He said: “A bunch of people have come up to me saying “I know you’re not going to tell me, but it would be really great if you just let me know who it is.” When we were on set we did one take where Jeffrey hit me in the head with the baseball bat, so when people ask me who Negan killed I say me. I have video on my phone of me having my head bashed in by Negan.”
Asked whether he thinks fans will think the reveal was worth the wait, Nicotero cryptically said: “I would probably say that people will be sad, I recommend watching the episode with lots of Kleenex, and there will be a lot of questions and a lot of whys and ‘What’s going to happen next?’ and ‘How could you?’ but that’s attributed to us spending seven years creating characters that people care about.”
Nicotero also revealed that the writers were upset over the identity of the death, and the decision to kill this character was not unanimous.
He said: “It’s really about propelling the story forward. I remember when I found out I was upset, and the first thing I thought was, ‘I wonder who else it could be?’ But you have to understand that certain characters will propel different people into different directions.
“It wasn’t a matter of a unanimous vote, but we have a very important story to tell and we have to honour the direction that the show will go. The hardest thing on our show is acknowledging who has got to go.”
Don’t mind us while we stock up on tissues for Monday, then.