Negan has arrived and and taken one of the show’s key characters away from us. We just have to wait until the start of season 7 to find out who. Negan was one of the most hyped and anticipated characters coming onto the show and it looks like he’s going to live up to the hype. Last night on the after show ‘The Talking Dead‘, Exec producer Scott M. Gimple and Creator Robert Kirkman talked about the season finale.
“The end of the story is what people saw,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple said Sunday on Talking Dead. “When we reveal who was on the receiving end there, that’s going to be the start of another story. The kickback effects from that — what it makes everyone into, how they react, how the world changes for everyone — that’s the next part of the story.”
Gimple was joined on the post-show talker by exec producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman. The showrunner confirmed that Negan did indeed beat one of the 11 survivors to death.
Following a 90-minute episode in which the Saviors herded Rick’s RV into precisely the area that they were holding Daryl, Michonne and Rosita, Eugene and company were lined up on their knees as Negan was introduced.
That means the victim is either: Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Aaron (Ross Marquand), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) or Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green).
“I’m feeling oddly great,” Kirkman said on Talking Dead when asked how he felt after watching Negan make his long-awaited debut. “I’m excited about where it’s at. What’s happening in the show is extremely sad and extremely distressing but I think it’s going to put us into a good place for season seven. I’m excited because I get excited about these things — I’m a bit of a lunatic that way.”
“There’s some hints there, I’ll say that,” Kirkman confirmed.
While producers would not hint at just who was killed off Sunday, Kirkman did hint that whomever the victim is, is “beloved to everyone.”
“As upset as people probably are at Negan’s introduction and how he’s coming in and killing somebody who is very beloved to everyone — from his perspective, he’s the hero of his own story like most villains and if we had been following him all this time we’d be 100 percent on board with that,” Kirkman said of Negan.
As for what to expect from season seven, Gimple promised to deliver something special to viewers who may be “jammed up” about the cliffhanger.
“We have to do an episode that justifies it to you,” he said on Talking Dead where he compared the cliffhanger to those other series have done including Lost and Star Trek. “We have to do something so great and so intense that you’re like, ‘OK, fair play.’ And that’s the challenge we have and we’re going to deliver you something fantastic.”
For his part, Kirkman compared the ending to how readers of his comic series feel. “If you read the comic book series, pretty much every issue ends with a cliffhanger — and sometimes the trades [of the collected issues] so it’s like a six-month break if you’re just reading that to find out what happens next and I think that’s a lot of fun.”
He stressed that the bulk of this 90-minute installment was about “tearing Rick Grimes down” and called that the conclusion to season six. “So while it does seem like a cliffhanger, that’s the conclusion,” he said. “The story of who died, of what comes next, of who Negan killed and what comes after that, that’s really the story for season seven.”
I thought the character of ‘Negan’ had a great entrance last night and it looks like Jeffrey Dean Morgan was a good casting choice.
It’s going to be a long summer wait until season 7 starts but season 6 was one of the craziest and satisfying seasons in recent years. I think while the direction they seem to be taking is a bold one and will open up many possibilities for the story nest season.
What did you think about Negan’s entrance last night?