The mid-season finale of ‘The Walking Dead’ definitely did not disappoint as fans were given the action they desperately wanted all season, bar the opener of course.
Alexandria will be giving it’s strongest attempt to team up with King Ezekiel at the Kingdom and Gregory at the Hilltop Colony to start a war against Negan’s Saviors when Season 7 returns to AMC Feb. 12, according to executive producer and writer of the comics Robert Kirkman and the sneak peek that aired during “Talking Dead.”
Spencer wasn’t exactly a fan favorite — something actor Austin Nichols knew. “For two years I’ve been drinking my own Kool-Aid and trying to believe in what I’m doing,” Nichols said on “Talking Dead.” “As soon as I wrapped and left Atlanta I started watching and went, ‘That guy’s a douchebag.’”
Negan appears to have done Rick a bit of a favor, in hindsight. He kills a threat to Rick in Spencer. “I think Rick probably could’ve handled it himself. I hate to say Negan did anything good for anyone, but this guy was a poison,” Kirkman said.
In order to give Spencer his “all guts, no glory” death, the “Walking Dead” crew created a chest plate for Jeffrey Dean Morgan to stab through with a real blade, with a blood-and-guts bag below. “I was really frightened, because I thought he was going to actually stab me,” Nichols confessed. But they got it in one take. “I’m proud of my death — I’m glad it wasn’t a walker in the woods, that it was Negan.”
Norman Reedus also spoke on the mid-season finale and his escape from the Sanctuary and return to Rich at the Hilltop. “Anytime Andy [Lincoln] and I are in a scene together even from afar, we tear up like babies,” Reedus said. But all the actors felt the relief of the reunion, and Daryl handing Rick “The Python” was Daryl’s way of showing Rick they’re all in this fight, just as Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) speech to Rick was what he needed to accept the gun.
“Michonne hasn’t really gone through that journey Rick’s gone through. Seeing Abraham and Glenn die really broke Rick down,” Kirkman said. Michonne, though, had never really lost the fight. “Michonne’s a stronger character than Rick Grimes,” Kirkman added.
She’s not the only one with that kind of strength. “He’s ready to kick some ass,” Reedus said of Daryl’s mental state. “He’s in hate mode right now. He’s ready to throw down. I think he’s still reeling from Glenn and Abraham. It’s always been in the back of his mind, ‘I hope Maggie forgives me.’ I think he’s ready to kill someone.”
Viewers were confused at the figure in the strange patterned boots that viewers saw twice in the finale? Could it be the return of a long-forgotten about character? “They’re a big part of what we’re dealing with when we come back,” Kirkman said. “We’ll reveal that.”
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