With diehard fans hovering around the set and using drones to uncover spoilers, AMC is going to great lengths to protect the big reveal. Plus THR takes a look at the other burning questions heading into season seven.
Who did Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) kill in the season six finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead?
That’s the biggest burning question for the zombie drama heading into October’s season seven premiere. With filming having already under way in Atlanta, AMC is going to greater lengths than usual to protect the massive reveal.
Season six ended with Carl (Chandler Riggs), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Arron (Ross Marquand), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) all lined up before the charming villain and his barbed wire-covered bat, Lucille, with Negan taking a deadly swing at one of them.
Sources tell THR that each of the 11 cast members involved in the scene have already filmed a death scene. The Walking Dead producers and the episode director will then work with the show’s editors and pick the character who does indeed die.
Season seven of The Walking Dead will pick up immediately with Negan’s deadly swing, and as Morgan said, “you’ll see who was at the end of that bat and what happened from there,” while series creator/EP Robert Kirkman ha said that Negan’s victim is “beloved to everyone.” For those who haven’t read the comics on which the series is based [spoilers ahead], the landmark 100th issue sees Negan beat Glenn to death with Lucille.
The extra lengths come as diehard fans continue to line Atlanta locations looking for a glimpse of their favorite stars and an early preview at what to expect from the new season — or to be outright spoiled with who Negan killed. Some have gone as far as to use drones to capture images from production — something that showrunner Scott M. Gimple struggles with.
“With the advent of drones, it can become such a game of cat and mouse that as far as sneaking a peek at the actors walking to set, we want to just keep our actors safe and the people who might be looking safe — like [when they’re] in the street,” he told THRlast summer. For her part, co-star Green noted that some actors have to be covered in hoods or moved around the locations in costume in order to protect who’s still alive on the series. “Sometimes you can tell a specific story point based on what someone’s wearing or what their makeup looks like — so in that case, we do what we can to cover in order to protect the story,” she said last year.
Below, THR takes a look at some of the other big burning questions heading into season seven of The Walking Dead with the trailer and premiere date expected to be announced in July at Comic-Con.
Who is playing Ezekiel?
The Kingdom, first hinted at in the penultimate episode of season six, is overseen by a George Clinton-like leader named Ezekiel, a former zookeeper who watches over the community with Shiva, his pet tiger. The residents of the Kingdom dress in protective armor — and serve as knights to the so-called “King Ezekiel” at a transformed high school. “If we do see the Kingdom, it’ll be a big reveal and it will be another new world to inhabit and explore,” said Gimple, who would neither confirm nor deny the story point.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 will undoubtedly see a major fight between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). But will the AMC show focus on the humans and leave the zombies in the back of the storyline?
“The Walking Dead” executive producer Greg Nicotero wants fans to know that the undead will still play a major part in the seventh season. “It’s always about keeping the walkers present,” he told IGN.
Nicotero explained that Negan’s role in “The Walking Dead” Season 7 will still not mean lesser zombies. In contrast, the walkers are now more central to the show.
Greg Nicotero continued by stating that “The Walking Dead” Season 7 will be all about the conflict “of the good guys and the bad guys.”
The executive producer suggested that Rick Grimes and the residents of Alexandria will go up against Negan and the Saviors. Nevertheless, the zombies will still remain “relevant in the show.”
But what happens if an episode focuses too much on Rick Vs Negan? Greg Nicotero stated a lack of zombies will call for gags. The “TWD” EP teased that “there’ll be some awesome gags in it that you’ll just be blown away by” in “The Walking Dead” Season 7.
Greg Nicotero even admitted that he is already looking forward to filming new gags for the series soon.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 has a lot to live up to after the massive number of zombies in the past season. “The Walking Dead” Season 6 premiered with thousands of walkers that needed to be led away from Alexandria.
“The Walking Dead” Season 6 also teased the deaths of Glenn Rhee and Daryl Dixon, although both characters survived. But will they survive past the premiere of “The Walking Dead” Season 7?
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 is expected to air on AMC on October 9.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 is still a couple of months away from providing answers to fans’ questions following that cliffhanger in the Season 6 finale. As the show is gearing up for a release this autumn, spoilers reveal that the trailer for the upcoming season will be released at Comic Con.
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“The Walking Dead” Season 7 spoilers reveal that the trailer may be released at the San Diego Comic Con this July, reports Comicbook.com. According to the publication, the trailer may ultimately reveal whether or not the rumors about Ezekiel and his tiger, Shiva are true.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 is expected to see the arrival of Ezekiel and Shiva, as based on the AMC drama’s comic book version. The role of Ezekiel has been reportedly cast and has already filmed a couple of scenes for the first episodes of the show.
Spoilers further note that “TWD” Season 7 may not feature a real tiger to play Shiva in the series and may instead use “a mix of animatronics and CGI” to show Ezekiel’s companion in the series. The trailer will hopefully show fans and viewers whether Season 7 will see the arrival of Ezekiel or not.
Meanwhile, series creator Robert Kirkman recently revealed in an interview with Uproxx that Negan will remain as a “constant threat” to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of the group in “The Walking Dead” Season 7, reports Express. The showrunner hinted that Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will give fans the same kind of brutal moment as the season finale in every episode of the upcoming season.
“And maybe I’ve said thing like that before, but I promise you, Negan is going to be different,” he said.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 is rumored to premiere on Oct. 9 on AMC.
If there is one thing that we know to be true about the Teen Choice Awards and the entirety of the Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV category, it is this: They really love guys who work on The CW. Therefore, you really should not be too shocked at all that the majority of the names on the Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi / Fantasy list below are ones who are currently calling the network home. Even if a few of them were excluded from this list, there are some others who could have taken their place: Think along the lines of Daniel Gillies, Bob Morley, Stephen Amell, or Brandon Routh.
Among this list there is one clear exception in the CW-only mold Andrew Lincoln. How in the heck did the guy from “The Walking Dead” make it onto the list? It really has to do with the show’s crazy popularity, which shatters some of what we consider to be traditional barries for the TCAs.
As we’ve been doing all week, we’ve got our own analysis of the category below, coupled with a way for you to share your own thoughts below. (We’ll compile the voting results and share them in a separate piece later this month.)
Andrew Lincoln – “The Walking Dead”
Grant Gustin – “The Flash”
Ian Somerhalder – “The Vampire Diaries”
Jared Padalecki – “Supernatural”
Joseph Morgan – “The Originals”
Paul Wesley – “The Vampire Diaries”
Who will win – This is going to be a really tough category to call this year, since Paul and Ian could end up canceling each other out, and we’re going to go with the reigning champ here in Jared. “Supernatural” fans are notoriously great when it comes to voting for him and Jensen Ackles; without Jensen on this list, there’s no fear of a similar Paul / Ian effect, and he’ll be able to rally most of the #SPNFamily behind him for another deserved victory.
Who should win – We’d go with Lincoln or Gustin based on our own personal preference from the past year’s worth of work, but we’re personally going with Gustin based on this past year of work. He makes Barry likable, but at the same time flawed, human, and fascinating. It’s so hard to make a superhero stand out within a sea of them right now, but both this show and him are trendsetters in a way that a main hero doesn’t have to be super-serious, and nor does he have to be brooding or depressed much of the time.