“The Walking Dead” Season 6 finale episode ended on a major cliffhanger leaving fans wondering, and some fuming, about the way makers adapted Negan’s defining scene from “The Walking Dead” comics.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan made his grand entrance as Negan and wasted no time in terrifying fans by lining up all fan-favourite “The Walking Dead” characters and choosing one to hit with his barbed-wire bat called Lucille. The big twist was that viewers didn’t see who he chose, they only viewed from the character’s perspective as his/her head was brutally bashed in.
During a recent interview with Digital Spy, “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said she understood fan frustration about the Season 6 cliffhanger ending, partially because even she doesn’t know who got killed by Negan.
“The cliffhanger is something that is very common, not only in The Walking Dead [TV series]- but in Robert Kirkman’s comic book series,” Hurd said, adding that they wanted the scene to be more about Negan’s introduction than the casualty.
“You’ll be out of your misery very soon in the new season – and I guess so will somebody else!” Hurd quipped, adding, “I want to know what happens next too – believe me! Honestly, I do not know who it is.”
In the comics, of course, it is Glenn who is at the receiving end of Negan’s Lucille, during the villain’s first full appearance in “The Walking Dead” issue #100. But will it be him in the TV show as well? Actor Steven Yeun doesn’t seem to think so.
“I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics,” Yeun told Entertainment Weekly during an earlier interview.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 is expected to premiere in the second week of October 2016.