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Tonight is finally the night. After six long months of waiting and wondering, AMC's apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead is finally returning to the small screen. Since The Season 6 finale back in April, fans have been debating which one (or two) of our survivors perished at the hands of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan. And while this type of speculation has become a fun game within the community, the fans were originally pretty pissed at the now infamous cliffhanger. In fact, some people wrote off the show entirely and others signed a petition attempting to force AMC to reveal who died. Now The Walking Dead's producer, director, and makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero has addressed the controversy surrounding last season's finale.
Touche, Mr. Nicotero. Greg Nicotero made quite a few points in this statement, let's break down exactly what he's saying.
Right off the bat, Greg Nicotero addresses the "shock" of the controversial cliffhanger in the episode "Last Day on Earth". I'm not sure shock is really the word for what happened. After all, hardcore fans of The Walking Dead weren't actually surprised by Negan taking Lucille to a character's head. Negan's appearance was a long time coming, plus we knew how Negan's introduction went down in the comics. Everybody loves a good cliffhanger, but they really only work if they're actually shocking and surprising.
However, Greg Nicotero is right about just how rabid The Walking Dead's fanbase is. While fans may have been annoyed with how the finale went down, it's not going to stop most of them from tuning in tonight for Season 7's premiere. In fact, the six excruciating months have made tonight a particularly exciting premiere; it's basically all that we've thought about all weekend. The finale did it's job; its continued to keep us talking about the show and will likely result in impressive numbers for tonight's premiere.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC tonight, October 23rd.