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Warning: spoilers ahead for the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead. Don't read any further if you have not watched this week's episode, yet!
AMC's The Walking Dead has never shied away from insane and absurd walker kills, but last night's episode featured one of the visually coolest moments to date. Rick and Michonne used two cars connected by a metal wire to slice through an entire herd of zombies -- resulting in one of the most intense moments the series has ever seen. However, it turns out that original version of the scene simply involved Rosita blowing up the herd, that is, until executive producer and director Greg Nicotero got his hands on the episode. Nicotero explained:
Then we started working on it. When I read the first draft I was like, 'It's right there.' I said, 'If you guys would have had another day to work on the script you probably would have found it. This cable that's attaching the two cars. You have a perfect opportunity.
What do you do when preparation meets opportunity? Well, according to Greg Nicotero's recent comments to Comicbook.com, you plow through a herd of walkers. After seven seasons of destroying zombies and dismembering undead corpses, Nicotero and the rest of the crew behind The Walking Dead have become somewhat inventive when it comes to how they can kill hordes of flesh eating monsters. When they realized that this sequence involved a wire strung between the two cars on the freeway, the proper course of action became fairly obvious: bisect hundreds of walkers right at the waist.
I'm guessing you would be hard-pressed to find someone who thinks they made the wrong decision here. Rosita using the explosives on the walkers still would've made for a memorable scene, but we have seen moments like that on this show before. This was something new, and the cast and crew of the series genuinely executed the moment perfectly.
The scene also generally works much better from a character development perspective. Rick and Michonne have grown into their relationship as the series has progressed, and this particular moment quite literally afforded them the opportunity to work side by side on a zombie-killing project. Once the scene came to an end, and Rick realized how far he pushed his group, Michonne's decision to comfort him in the back of the car made for a perfect catharsis to a badass sequence.
The Walking Dead has continuously upped the ante with each passing season, and I think it is safe to say that this particular walker kill is going to be hard to top as Season 7 progresses. The AMC zombie series airs every Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST. For more information related to all of the most highly anticipated spring television debuts, make sure to take a look at our comprehensive midseason premiere guide and fill out your TV viewing schedules accordingly!