The 7th Season Premiere of The Walking Dead Will Show That Last Scene--For Real This Time
Big spoilers for The Walking Dead season finale follow!
Last night, The Walking Dead finally introduced Negan, and as promised, they killed off a major character. However, we have no idea who that character is, since they left us on an idiotic cliffhanger and left everyone to speculate between eleven characters (everyone who still cares, at least). Now, Scott M. Gimple is trying to do some damage control, and he promises—for real, this time—that we'll see that gory comics death happen in the season premiere.
"I've known for a while what is in 701 and presenting what occurs and to show what happened in full force," Gimple told Comicbook.com. "It is the beginning of the next story. The two - the showing of, it's an incredible work of gore by Charlie Adlard in the book, how we show that on TV - I'm certain that we'll be pushing some boundaries with it."
Of all the jokes about last night's finale (and there are many), some of the best have been about the season premiere, which fans have predicted will be a two-person play between Carol and Morgan in which they debate the morality of eating a pineapple. So it's a relief to hear that they won't do that (although I would almost like to see that fan uproar), but it's cold comfort at this point. It's similar to putting Jessie/Sam/Ron's deaths off until the midseason premiere (but much, much worse); all of the impact will have deflated by then. Will anyone even care by the time October rolls around?
Gimple went on to say that he doesn't think fans can possibly figure out which character died from the finale, although Lord knows that won't stop them from trying:
"I believe there is no way," Gimple said. "There are a couple of things in there that might help people possibly limit the amount of people who are vulnerable but I will say, I would recommend people not to go down that route. I truly don't think there is a way to puzzle it all out definitively. And I'll tell you the reasoning behind that: because these are incredibly smart fans to start with. Then you put it to this incredible crowd sourcing and there will get it. I'll tell you this with certainty - people will figure out exactly what happens in episode one even though aren't clues to determine it. I'm not talking about spoilers... People figure things out. Granted, it might be one comment among a thousand comments but there is absolutely no doubt that someone will figure it out. There will be no way they can figure it out but they'll still figure it out."
I appreciate that Gimple is trying to be nice to his fans by talking about how smart they are, but it's ludicrous to say that they don't think fans should try to put it together. If they didn't want fans to speculate, then what the point of this entire exercise? It was a transparent bid for buzz and ratings, nothing more. I'm glad he's promising we'll get a chance to see that scene in full, although honestly, this is what TWD's promises mean to me at this point: