Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, knows fans of the cult zombie series are “unhappy” and promises the “exact opposite” when the show returns next year.
Since The Walking Dead returned for its seventh season, a backlash has been brewing.
It’s not the first time fans of The Walking Dead have been less than impressed with the show.
The last episode of season six saw arch villain Negan beat one of Grimes’ survivor community to death, but as it happened off camera, many fans were left angered, later launching an online petition asking TV network AMC to reveal which character was killed by Negan.
AMC’s plan worked initially, and The Walking Dead put up record numbers as 17 million tuned into the Season 7 premiere to find out who Negan had killed after the Season 6 cliffhanger.
The series – while up in ratings in the UK – has suffered the consequences of that ultra-violent series opener in the US, where there has been a dip in ratings.
Now, Bristol-born actor Lincoln, who plays the leader of the show’s group of survivors, has acknowledged fans concerns about this season’s slow momentum, by saying the next eight episodes in season seven will be the first eight’s “exact opposite.”
“Obviously I’ve heard that people are not happy and that makes me unhappy because of the amount of work we all put into the show,” said Lincoln.
“There is a sense of a bigger story that’s being told and I have absolute faith in Scott, the writing team, and the producers of the show. But I will say that I think the back eight are the exact opposite of the front eight.”
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 12 in the US and to Fox on February 13 in the UK.