The Walking Dead is no stranger to controversy. Known for its cliffhangers, which, as was seen last season with Glenn, can sometimes take weeks to resolve, the series often inspires rage among its viewership. It’s a testament to the kind of engagement the series shares with its fans that viewers can talk about and discuss the maddening moments of the series for weeks and months after.
Of course, there was nothing more maddening than the "internet melting" finale of this season, which fans have been attempting to dissect it since it aired almost two months ago. The finale found Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan executing a main character with his trusty bat Lucille. To the rage of Walking Dead fans everywhere, the identity of who was on the receiving in of the attack remains unrevealed. It was a frustrating moment for the audience, who must wait months until the season 7 premiere this fall, but one Walking Dead star assures fans it will be more than worth the wait.
In a new interview with EW, Norman Reedus empathized with the frustration from the audience, while also promising big things to come in the seventh season. While being careful not to reveal specifics, Reedus discussed the controversial final moments of season 6 and assured fans their imminent satisfaction. Reedus said:
“I think probably the planet is going to explode. That’s my feeling. It’s so good. Every time we go on a promotional tour talking about what’s going to come, we all say ‘Oh my God, it’s amazing. I can’t wait for you to see it.’ But it continually surprises me how this show grows and is put together and the execution of it – no pun intended. It blows my mind. It just continually reaches a new plateau every single time, and this is the highest plateau we’ve ever been. So just wait. It’s worth the wait, trust me.”
Every promotional tour is accompanied by a bombardment of “just you wait” teasers; it would be easy to get cynical about that, but The Walking Dead has offered fans satisfying conclusions to their cliffhangers, which is why audiences keep coming back season and after season. While the level of outrage across the Internet might seem intimidating, Reedus seems to take it all in stride.
“I’ve been making art for a long time and you want people to talk. Sometimes you make something just to get people to talk. The fact that people are still talking is a huge compliment to how that episode was executed and the acting in it and the writing of it. That’s a good thing. Talk sometimes it’s good. I know we all have phones and everything is instant gratification now. I get it. I like that too. I like the controversy, to be honest. For that many people to be that invested in that show and freaking out, I think it’s great.”
Reedus' planet-exploding assertion will only add fuel to the fire for the Internet sleuths searching for clues regarding whose end has come. That’s part of the fun watching The Walking Dead, but Reedus was careful not to reveal anything or confirm any theories.
“I don’t like spoilers, to be honest, I don’t want people to tell me the ending to the movie when we sit down in a movie theater. I don’t like them, so I don’t do them. I like the enthusiasm behind everyone wanting to know, but it’s a good feeling to have that enthusiasm, so let’s hold onto it.”
Fans will have to maintain that enthusiasm for the next few months, as the series won’t be returning to television until next fall. That should provide plenty of time for fans to speculate and discuss the fates of certain characters. Until then, Screen Rant will bring you any and all news about the upcoming season of The Walking Dead as it develops.
Season 7 of The Walking Dead is expected October 9 on AMC.