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Ahead of the much-anticipated Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, executive producer Greg Nicotero has said fans are going to be upset.
The sixth season of the US show ended in April and met with a fair amount of outcry from fans who, angered by the series cliffhanger ending, launched an online petition asking TV network AMC to reveal which character was killed by Negan.
“It was a rough episode,” said Nicotero, the show’s head of special effects and makeup, of the season premiere, which he directed.
“Our story is dark, man. There’s not a lot of like ‘Yay!’ left in our world anymore, so it is really dark and kind of where the show needed to go. I love the idea that no matter how well our characters think they know what’s coming next, there’s no way they can predict it. To me, it’s fascinating and captivating and you know, yeah, people are going to be (upset).”
Recently, actress Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie in the hit zombie series, warned us we should be very afraid of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan.
“He’s so bad, he’s such a baddie,” Cohan told Digital Sky. “He’s honestly the worst! It’s only just beginning, really.
“We’re really lucky to have Jeffrey, because he’s a lovely person, so dynamic and really good actor. I think that you need someone who has that spark of lovability because it makes it so much more sinister.
“That final episode he wants people to understand his rationale. He has such a life, such an electric energy, and that is what makes this character so terrifying. It didn’t take long for Jeffrey to be part of the family!”
The Walking Dead is due to return on October 23 in the US, and the following day in the UK.
You can watch a trailer for the new season below.