Walking Dead EP Says the Premiere Is His "Most Emotional" Episode Yet

Monday, 03 October 2016 - 5:32PM
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Monday, 03 October 2016 - 5:32PM
Walking Dead EP Says the Premiere Is His "Most Emotional" Episode Yet
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The cast and crew of The Walking Dead have been selling the seventh season finale super hard, for obvious reasons. After the terrible reception of last year's cliffhanger finale, TWD needs to come back with a bang, and everyone's doing their best to portray it as the jolt the fans need to get back into the swing of things (no pun intended). According to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, shooting the premiere was "10 days of hell." Tom Payne said the episode was "tough and pretty graphic and horrible" (even as he admitted they probably could have shown it last season). Now, EP Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, is hyping the premiere as the most emotional episode he's ever done.

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"Well, I can tell you from the position of the director's chair, it was by far the most emotional episode that I've ever shot," he told EW. "Where we left these characters at the end of season 6 is, they've been broken. Their world has literally become smaller and smaller and trapped them, and now they're in a situation that they've never been in before where the cavalry is not coming over the hill. 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.
 
So knowing that and being in this situation, these actors who are such fantastic performers, they took themselves to some pretty deep, dark places, and it was intense. It was uncomfortable, and it was raw, and the emotion was real. And having to do take 2 or take 3 or take 4 and watching these people just in sheer agony was not a pleasant experience, to just watch what was happening. But that's where they needed to go to exhibit the emotion."
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Nicotero has been an executive producer throughout the series, but even if he is only referring to the episodes he's directed, this is a pretty strong statement. He not only helmed last year's finale, but some of the most intense episodes of the series, including last year's midseason premiere, which saw the death of Jessie, her sons, and Carl's eye, the death of Merle, Rick's reaction to Lori's death, Tyreese's heartbreaking death episode (which featured flashbacks of many of TWD's dearly departed, including Lizzie, Mika, and Beth), and Dale's very gory death. We would expect anyone involved to overhype, just as they did for the finale, but if true, this will be a very intense episode.

Nicotero also said that the infamous death scene will be "more" than it was in the comics:

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"Yes, without a doubt. And 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."
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The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 23. 

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