The season seven premiere of The Walking Dead is arguably one of the most highly anticipated TV episodes of the whole year. It has been hyped up for months and will be the beginning of the most serious shift in power the show has ever seen – all of which is thoroughly described in the newly released season seven synopsis. Obviously, the episode will finally reveal who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) decided to kill at the end of season six, though Morgan has previously stated that by the time season seven comes around, fans will wish they had never known the outcome of that hugely controversial cliffhanger scene.
But that infamous baseball bat kill might not even be it.
TWD‘s executive producer Greg Nicotero recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the season seven premiere, teasing that contrary to the comics’ storyline, there might be more to the group’s first encounter with Negan.
“There’s some great drama that stems from that exact moment. Without giving too much away, it’s even more than the comic book, because in the comic book it’s kind of abrupt, and it’s over, and there’s a little, ‘Okay, I’ll see you guys in a week. We’ll be by to get half our share.’ There’s more to it.”
Nicotero continues to stress the sheer hopelessness of the situation Rick and his group find themselves in and concludes by describing what it was like to film those really dark episodes that we’ll see in the beginning of season seven.
“Carol is not going to show up and blow up the propane tank outside of Terminus. These things aren’t going to happen, and it’s just devastating.”
“It was different this year because we knew that we were jumping into it in a very deep, dark, cold place. So it was a different emotion on set, because where we worked ourselves up to for season 6, we began with season 7, and it was really challenging, and it was hard. And the first couple episodes are a bit relentless in that sort of dark place that they really don’t want to go, but we’re going to take you there.”