For the past six months, only one thing has been on the minds of fans of The Walking Dead: who did Negan kill? The series will finally return for its seventh season on Sunday, Oct. 23, and don't worry, you won't have to wait any longer than that. At the AMC series' panel at New York Comic-Con, showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed that The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere will reveal Negan's victim, so by the end of the hour, we will know which member of the group met their fate courtesy of Lucille. When moderator and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick asked Gimple to confirm, once and for all, that the cliffhanger will be resolved in the first episode back, he answered affirmatively and even said, "I will sign whatever document you need me to sign," so don't expect any last minute backtracking.
Of course, that's not exactly something to look forward to. Though not knowing the fate of any of these characters (save for Carol and Morgan, who weren't part of that fateful meeting with the Saviors) has been torturous, it will undoubtedly be even harder to finally get that answer, because it means we'll have to say goodbye to someone. But there are some things to look forward to in Season 7. Gimple cited "astounding" performances and "unbelievably creepy, strange, weird walkers" as two things he's excited about when The Walking Dead returns, though Norman Reedus revealed during the panel how difficult those performances sometimes were for the actors.
"It's a weird feeling to be powerless," Reedus said, and described filming the scenes of Negan taunting the group as some of the most difficult. Having the group tied up, knowing that (at least) one of them is about to die, and unable to do anything about it was hard for viewers to watch, and Reedus said, "I hated shooting that."
Obviously, one person with power in that situation was Negan, and the terrifying scene cemented his status as The Walking Dead's latest and possibly most dangerous villain. However, Morgan doesn't seem to see his character as a through-and-through bad guy. "What he’s doing is basically the same thing as what these guys have been doing," Morgan said at the NYCC panel, motioning to the other cast members. "He’s doing what he thinks is right, but he’s also a bit of a showman ... this world is his stage." Unfortunately for the other characters of The Walking Dead, his first show will come to an end in the Season 7 premiere on Oct. 23, and it's going to have a gruesome conclusion.
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