The season 6 finale of The Walking Dead upset a lot of fans, especially those who felt that the season was too reliant on cliffhangers to try and maintain tension. While cliffhangers are nothing new at the end of TV seasons, the fact that fans had gone through a similar mystery regarding Glenn's fate earlier in the season meant that some were underwhelmed by the "Who did Negan kill?" ending.
So far, the cast and crew have remained quiet about who was on the receiving end of Negan's bat. One member of the cast is letting fans know that they've got something special coming in the season seven premiere, though, promising a "brutal" and "insane" episode.
Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron on the show, recently appeared on Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM and talked a bit about the show. He jokingly claimed that the producers had used "one of those Men in Black memory eraser things" to keep the cast from spilling secrets, which would likely be useful since he claimed that people asked him about the cliffhanger two or three times per day on average. He defended the cliffhanger episode, however, saying:
“I’m really proud of the way it ended. [Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha, and husband Kenric Green, who plays fellow Alexandrian Scott] watched the episode with my family in Denver, and I was so proud, because even though I knew what was going to happen, we were all genuinely worked up by it. I didn’t mind the way it ended. I think a lot of shows end on cliffhangers. And I’m not just saying this to be diplomatic. I really think the way it ended was a solid end.”
Marquand also said that he thought that the wait would be worth it when the secret of Negan's victim was finally revealed. He felt that the season seven premiere was going to really give the fans what they want, explaining:
“I’m excited that people are talking about it and I think they’re going to be really excited when they come back and see that premiere episode for season 7. It’s brutal, it’s insane, but I think it is going to be exactly what the fans are looking for.”
He did offer a few hints about what season seven would introduce, and how it would expand on previous promises of a larger world within the show. According to Marquand:
“This season is all about expanding the world of the communities. Of course, we got introduced to the Hilltop, and we’ve got the Saviors, and we already were introduced to the Wolves, but now we’re seeing all these different factions really start to come together. Because for a while there it was just roaming bands of people who weren’t very sizable, and now they’ve all bound together and they’ve got weapons and they’ve got a lot of resources at their disposal. There’s going to be a massive clashing of communities, and some will work together and some will literally tear each other apart.”
Though this may be little more than hype, Marquand's statements do sound like the show is heading in the right direction in the new season. One common complaint about the show recently is that it was moving too slowly; cliffhangers and fake-outs were used to keep the tension high, but beyond that it didn't seem like there was much going on for decent stretches of time. From the sound of it, the new season will kick off with Negan's victim and build from there into a much more action-packed show.
The Walking Dead season 7 premieres in October 2016 on AMC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly