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Few TV events in the last decade caused the kind of fan fervor that spawned during The Walking Dead Season 6, particularly where the finale cliffhanger was concerned. And you can bet all your money that the cast and crew have been hounded by everyone to get a clue as to who died. Actor Steven Ogg, who plays the mustached lead Savior, has a particularly amusing way to fool fans who fall onto the more gullible side of the spectrum. Here's how he has fun at fan conventions when people come up for autographed pictures and ask him who Negan killed.
I say 'I'll write it on the back but you cannot tell anyone because I'd get fired for this. This is real serious.' They take it and say 'OK, yeah man, definitely.' I'll write on the back 'Santa Claus' or 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.'
Ogg, who showed up as another memorable AMC-based side character on Better Call Saul, didn't then mention how hilarious the fans think his joke was. Knowing how touchy fans can be about the shows they put all their love and adoration into, I don't think it's out of the question to assume that some of them get a touch too pissed off when they think that the actor will actually divulge genuine spoilers in such a public and unofficial setting. Serves them right, I suppose, for being so out of touch with how it all works. And back on my high horse I go, I guess.
It was with the Calgary Herald that Steven Ogg shared his amusing Walker Stalker Con behavior, which makes sense since Calgary is what the actor calls his hometown. And I know what you're thinking: I thought Canadians were supposed to be nicer than everyone else. But you know what? That's just how evil Negan is; he's completely changing up how an entire nation of people is to be perceived on an etiquette/politeness scale. At least in theory. Maybe Ogg was just always a wily dude.
Interestingly, Season 7 will flip the source material in a way by offering viewers a deeper look into how Negan and the Saviors came into being. It's unclear how much of Negan's past life we'll get to see, but it sounds like the Saviors and the Sanctuary might get something of an origin story. Maybe we'll find out what Ogg's character's name is, and whether or not he used to really love Punk'd and other shows like that.
The Walking Dead will return for all manner of murder and mayhem and Santa jokes (or not) when Season 7 hits the reset button on AMC on Sunday, October 23, at 9 p.m. ET. Wanna know more about it? Head to our Season 7 guide. To see when everything else is coming to your TVs later this year, check out our fall premiere schedule.