‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Defends Season 6 Cliffhanger
Still mad about not knowing who Negan killed in The Walking Dead Season 6 finale? Showrunner Scott Gimple has some choice words for you.
Nearly two weeks after the divisive episode first aired, Scott is continuing to defend the controversial cliffhanger ending that left fans worldwide filled with rage.
“We never intend to f—k with people,” he said (via Variety) during a panel discussion about the Season 6 ender when moderator, director Paul Feig, asked him how beholden he feels to the comics. “You all just saw the episode and I want to go on record and say we were not trying to f—k with you.”
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“We have 153 issues of story to draw from,” he added. “I think it’s an amazing thing to have that as a basis. We may be remixing it, enhancing it, emphasizing parts of it, but I feel it only makes the tapestry richer. It is the story from the book but we are doing it in different ways.”
Still, show star Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne, said she sympathizes with frustrated fans, telling The Wall Street Journal, “I was out of the country until literally last night, but I think that everyone's response is valid.”
She continued, “The arc of the story as a whole is a huge story, and … people are going to respond in various ways to various things, so I think everyone's response is valid.”
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From a character standpoint, Danai described how the final moments of “Last Day on Earth” were particularly harrowing for Michonne.
Said the 38-year-old, “It was horrifying because you know something imminent is about to happen and you're completely out of control, and for these characters like Rick Grimes and Michonne, to not be in control is just, it's the most painful thing.”
Oh trust us, Danai, we feel your pain!
The Walking Dead Season 7 will premiere in the fall on AMC.
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