Tom Payne Praises The Walking Dead Premiere, Admits They "Probably" Could Have Shown the Death Last Season

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 12:16PM
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 12:16PM
Tom Payne Praises The Walking Dead Premiere, Admits They "Probably" Could Have Shown the Death Last Season
Fans were outraged last season when the finale ended on a cliffhanger, and the producers and stars have been scrambling to defend that ending ever since. Tom Payne, who plays Jesus, is the latest actor to throw his hat in the ring, and he thinks the death in the premiere is "graphic" and well-done, even as he admits that they "probably could have done that at the end of season six."

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Payne defended the decision to hold off on showing the death, saying that it was necessary to set up the conflict of the next season, and yielded an extremely memorable premiere. 
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"The beginning of next season is going to be very tough and pretty graphic and horrible," he explained. "But it sets up the whole season, it's the beginning of the whole next story, it sets up Negan, this awful, awful person and the things that he is capable of doing. And that sets up the challenge for season seven and I recognise you probably could have done that at the end of season six but I think it's going to be a really great opener."
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We've already talked about this ad nauseam, but just to be clear: this argument would only work if they hadn't done that dumb "kill the cameraman" thing. You can't argue that the death is in the premiere because it's essential to setting up the next season, when it actually was shown in the finale, just in the most annoying and infuriating way possible. So needless to say, we fall in the "probably could have done that" last season camp.

Payne went on to say that the fans who love to "bitch and moan" about the cliffhanger are also the ones scouring the internet for spoilers (true enough), and that the showrunners weren't trying to trick us (probably not true, but whatever):

"The show runners and every single actor and every single member of the crew work incredibly hard on the television show and it's all for the fans and it's all to make it the best experience for them," he told Express.co.uk. "So, it's a bit disheartening when fans get really angry at the showrunner because they're really not trying to do them down in any way, they're just trying to make the show the best it can be."
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The Walking Dead returns for season seven on October 23 on AMC.
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