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With one of television's biggest audiences, The Walking Dead knew exactly how big of a conversation bubble would be created by the Season 6 finale's cliffhanger, in which viewers were left in the dark on who exactly new villain Negan had murdered. And while fans may think they're the ones getting the raw end of the deal here, just think about how many times the cast and crew have had to deal with people hounding them about the victim's identity. Here's how often actor Ross Marquand is getting asked about it.
Every single day. On average, two to three times a day.
Season 6 ended on April 3, so it's been just over three months since those questions started, and he's still getting it multiple times a day, every day. I have to assume that this is just how many people are still asking, and that the number was a lot higher in the weeks immediately after the finale aired. People were probably blowing his phone and email up at that point, so I doubt he even got a chance to hear all of the questions that people wanted to ask him. (Not that the questions were a mystery.) Marquand did come out recently to say that he indeed knew who the victim was, so that couldn't have helped his situation at all.
Also - and this isn't an affront to the actor - Ross Marquand isn't exactly the biggest name on The Walking Dead, despite Aaron becoming a pretty dependable second-tier character since his introduction. So the people asking him about the cliffhanger are almost certainly fewer in number than the rabid fanatics hitting up Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln for spoilery information. I mean, Reedus seemingly puts out 3-4 press interviews a day where that subject comes up, and that's not taking fans and family into account.
But even just a few times a day can get on one's nerves, since repetition isn't always everyone's best friend. Still, Marquand doesn't appear to be bothered by it, and he has no problem saying that he thought the finale was a "solid end," bringing up how often cliffhangers are used on TV in general. Thankfully, he also had a little bit to share about what we can expect to see when Season 7 gets into gear.
It's brutal, it's insane, but I think it is going to be exactly what the fans are looking for. . . . There's going to be a massive clashing off communities, and some will work together and some will literally tear each other apart.
Sounds great to me! I can't wait to get a peek at the comic book sanctuary The Kingdom and meet up with characters new and old, all while seeing how important comic stories get revamped for live-action. And it's no secret that Negan is going to be a major force to be reckoned with. (Here's how I'm hoping that cliffhanger gets solved.)
Luckily, Ross Marquand isn't only being pestered about the Season 7 premiere, as there is also the new Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood for him to talk about. I could definitely use a roller coaster or two in my life as we wait for The Walking Dead Season 7 to premiere on AMC this October. To see when everything else is coming this fall, check out our TV premiere schedule.