'Walking Dead' Showrunner Claims Rick Grimes Will Finally Smile Again

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 7:21PM
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The Walking Dead
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 7:21PM
'Walking Dead' Showrunner Claims Rick Grimes Will Finally Smile Again
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The Walking Dead isn't exactly feel-good TV. Immensely popular as it is, the show has a nasty habit of taking fan favorite characters and throwing them out to grisly fates.

In the first half of Season 7 alone, main character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) has seen his friends tortured, beaten, shot, and bludgeoned by bat-swinging villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). But showrunner Scott Gimple wants us to believe that perhaps the second half of Season 7 will finally see the tide turn, and not a moment too soon.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gimple stated that the new batch of episodes would see the survivors propelled in a new direction, one that could see them finally standing up and fighting back. Gimple promises what sounds like a hopeful conclusion to the first new episode by stating:

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"It propels us into a very different half season from the one before it. Before the end of that very first episode back, you will see Rick Grimes smile."
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Of course The Walking Dead loves misdirection, so this smile could very well be the grim, dark-humor smile of a man resigned to even more torture. But the show has always had narrative highs and lows, so maybe, just maybe it could finally be the relieved smile of someone turning his fortunes and circumstances around. At least as much as anyone who is living in a zombie-and-death-filled world can.

If executive Producer Greg Nicotero is to believed, the bleak nature of the first half of season 7 is all about setting up a redemption and revenge arc for the characters in the second half. We'd say there's no way to go but up at this point for Rick and the gang, but the show always manages to build new rock bottoms for them. Either way, here's hoping for some smiles all around.

The midseason premiere of The Walking Dead is scheduled for February 12, 2017 on AMC.
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