NOTE: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale
It’s been exactly a week since AMC’s The Walking Dead wrapped up season 6 with a controversial cliffhanger, and fans of the series are still chewing on what happened when villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) swung his bat right before the screen went black.
Fans have been studying the footage extensively for clues, arguing for their theories and even petitioning the creators for an answer to the mystery of which cast member Negan killed in the finale's closing moments. Now, one of the show’s producers is talking - as executive producer Gale Anne Hurd weighs in on the subject. Unfortunately, she's just as in the dark as the rest of us.
According to DigitalSpy, Hurd spoke on Friday prior to a screening of spinoff Fear the Walking Dead's season 2 premiere. In the interview, Hurd admitted that she herself does not know which cast member was killed. She also both defended the plotting decision and promised that fans of the series will get their answer soon - though, in this case, soon is a relative term:
" The cliffhanger is something that is very common, not only in The Walking Dead [TV series]- but in Robert Kirkman's comic book series. But at the same time, I completely understand the frustration. We did want the moment to be about the introduction of Negan - and I think that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is fantastic. You'll be out of your misery very soon in the new season - and I guess so will somebody else!"
Hurd’s comment will be upsetting to many fans - especially since the statement could indicate the show's writers and producers haven't decided, themselves, who was killed yet. Setting up mysteries and cliffhangers without a specific resolution in mind is far from a rare practice in the TV world - as writers and producers of popular series like Breaking Bad and Lost have admitted they didn’t always know where major plotlines were heading.
Then again, Hurd is an executive producer. She’s not the showrunner, nor a member of the writing staff, and it may simply be the writers don't always share such details with the executive producing team, especially when the spoiler has more to do with what is to come in season 7 than what happened at the closing of season 6. Not to mention, Hurd is also executive producer of Fear the Walking Dead, so it’s not clear how hands-on she currently is with the original series.
That all said, if the move involved dropping a popular actor from their contract, Hurd would likely need to be consulted. Given that Norman Reeds claims he “knows what happens,” indicating that some decision has been made, assuming that both the actor and executive producer are telling the truth, we can assume that fan-favorite members of Rick's team are likely not the victims of Negan's beating - even if the fate of one character has been sealed.
The Walking Dead season 7 will premiere in the fall of 2016 on AMC.
Source: Digital Spy