Showrunners rechtvaardigen cliffhanger The Walking Dead

Showrunners rechtvaardigen cliffhanger The Walking Dead

Het zesde seizoen van AMCs The Walking Dead is ten einde gekomen met een grote cliffhanger. Negan arriveerde eindelijk en sloeg de hersenen in van een van de hoofdpersonages. De identiteit van dit personage blijft een geheim tot de serie terugkeert voor het zevende seizoen. Fans hebben inmiddels massaal hun kritiek geuit. In een reactie daarop vertellen showrunner Scott Gimple en Robert Kirkman over het abrupte einde. Kirkman zei over de introductie van Negan:

“I think that for a TV show to be going into its seventh season and to get this huge event that is going to skyrocket things for many season to come… I feel like it’s puts everything in a great place. So I think Negan’s arrival on the show is absolutely awesome.”

Gimple over de cliffhanger:

“The end of the story is what people saw. And when we reveal who was on the receiving end there, that’s going to be the start of another story. The kickback effects from that, what it makes everyone into, how people react, how the world changes for everyone, that’s the next part of the story.”

Kirkman voegde toe:

“I’m feeling, oddly, great. I’m very excited where it’s at. What’s happening in the show is extremely sad and extremely depressing but I think it’s going to put us into a good place going into season 7.”

Kirkman zei over de reacties op de cliffhanger:

“First of all, as a fan, I love cliffhangers. I love that tension. I love the anticipation of finding out what it is. If you read the comic book series, I think pretty much every issue ends with a big cliffhanger… And I think that’s a lot of fun. But this story, the cliffhanger isn’t the story. The story of the episode, and Scott and Matt Negrete did such a great hob of setting up how confident Rick was going into this. This episode is about the loss of that confidence. It’s about changing that mindset. It’s about tearing Rick Grimes down and that’s the conclusion of this story. So while it does seem like a cliffhanger, that’s the conclusion. And the story of who died, the story of what comes next, of who Negan killed, of what comes after that, that’s really the story of season 7.”

Gimple vervolgde:

“I would say, when they opened up the hatch [on Lost], we had to wait and see who was in the hatch. I liked thinking about that. I liked talking about it. … We have to do an episode that justifies it to you. We have to do something so great and so intense that you’re like ‘Okay, all right, fair play.’ That’s the challenge we have and we’re going to do it. We’re going to deliver you something fantastic. … We want you to be one of those people in that lineup. We want you to feel that suspense and that terror and that pain, and were going to deliver you a story next season that justifies it.”

The Walking Dead heeft rollen voor Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun,Norman Reedus, Lennie James, Seth Gilliam, Gabriel, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Tovah Feldshuh, Ross Marquand, Alexandra Breckenridge en Austin Nichols. In het zesde seizoen zag ook nieuwkomers Ethan Embry, Corey Hawkins en Merritt Wever. Het zevende seizoen zal volgend jaar te zien zijn.