Season 6 of The Walking Dead ended on what was not-so-arguably the comic book's biggest moment, but that definitely wasn't the only memorable sequence from the source material that made its way to live-action in a huge way. You guys remember that gruesome bit from the midseason premiere that effectively killed off the Anderson family and severely wounded Carl, right? Of course you do. Below, you'll find an exclusive "In Memoriam" clip from the upcoming Season 6 Blu-ray/DVD release that takes a closer look at the huge incident.
I know I'm not alone in believing young Sam Anderson could have become zombie chow much quicker into his TV narrative, but it was worth having him stick around to see this scene play out in a way that was heavily influenced by Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard's work on the page, but with enough differences and tics to feel fresh. I mean, it's still hella uncomfortable watching Sam get his head gnawed on, but the above clip lets us in on the fun fact that the walker doing the head-gnawing had blood in his faux teeth that allowed the crimson rain to fall down Sam's face. Thanks, Greg Nicotero!
Not that the young boy's demise was the most important part of the scene to viewers. We also get to hear from Nicotero and actor Andrew Lincoln about having to chop through the just-bitten Jessie's arm after she wouldn't let go of Carl. As disturbing a situation as it is, Lincoln clearly didn't take away too many nightmare memories of swinging that hatchet down, as he laughs while talking about it. Mostly in awe of the insanity of it all, but there's probably some glee in there, too.
And in true 1-2-3-4 style, the scene also factored in Michonne shoving a samurai sword through Ron's torso, and Carl getting shot in the face, another one of the AMC drama's most-anticipated comic book moments. As Lincoln says in the end of the video, there are no right or wrong choices in this world anymore, since it's all about moving forward. And The Walking Dead couldn't have given us great moments like that walker-slashing montage or Rick and Michonne's bedroom bash if Jessie and her family were still around. So it feels like the right choice to me.
The Walking Dead will return to AMC for Season 7 on Sunday, October 23. But before that, be sure to snatch up the Season 6 Blu-ray or DVD set when it comes out on Tuesday, August 23. After all, this is where you'll get to finally watch Negan's uncensored scene from the season finale, complete with all the F-bombs, as well as other features like episode commentaries from cast and crew, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, an extra devoted to the season's grossest walkers and much more. You can pre-order it here.