The Walking Dead season 7 episode 14 is going by the title The Other Side. Here’s a teasing clip and a trailer…
More as we hear it.
The Walking Dead season 7 recap
If you’ve been looking for a way to recap The Walking Dead‘s story so far, look no further!
Now TV has somehow snapped up John Cleese to narrate a video sum-up of everything that’s come before. Enjoy…
The Walking Dead season 7 start date
The Walking Dead season 7 premiered on AMC, in the States, on Sunday the 23rd of October 2016. Here in the UK, it started on Monday the 24th of October, on FOX.
The Walking Dead season 7 trailer collection
Here are all the promos we’ve seen so far for The Walking Dead season 7…
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The Walking Dead season 7 story
While we don’t know who Negan killed, we do know a few things about The Walking Dead season 7. Recently, executive producer Greg Nicotero said this to IGN about the show’s seventh run…
“The main thing about Season 7 is establishing that the world isn’t what everybody thinks it is, the world out there. At the end of Season 6, Rick was so confident. ‘We’re just going to knock out that outpost, we’re going to fuck these guys up before they fuck us up,’ and it ends with him going, ‘Heh, oh well, I had no idea. What I perceived as the world is not even close to what the reality of the world is,’ and Negan’s there to show him that.”
“There’s a whole bunch of other stuff that’s gonna go down as the season progresses, and it’s intense,” The Walking Dead‘s Michael Cudlitz told TV Guide in this season 7 interview.
“I would say [people] shouldn’t really be so much worried about the first episode as the rest of the season” he concluded, providing momentary distraction from the question at hand and directing our attention further down the line.
Executive producer David Alpert agreed, adding “People are so focused on this initial moment, but the rest of the season is so much more intense than that initial moment. There’s a brick on the accelerator on the car of The Walking Dead, and we’re going off the cliff this year.”
As a fan, the events of season seven “gutted” Alpert, he says. “It it reaffirms my emotional connection to the show.”
The Walking Dead season 7 spoilers
Also, Robert Kirkman has been chatting to THR about spoilers, and the methods being used to keep them under wraps following that big Negan cliffhanger.
“Not sending screeners out [to press] is a big one”, the comic book creator/TV exectuve producer explained. “There’s a lot of extra security measures on distribution and the international dubbing and those things to help prevent the kind of leaks that we’ve had in the past.”
Kirkman added: “There has been a lot of tactics used in filming… monitoring actor movement and trying to do things in secret. We’ve employed body doubles in places to make people think that people are in places that they’re not. It’s pretty exciting to try and hide certain things. This is a big season, so we’re not just protecting things that happen in the first episode; there are things that happen in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth episode and beyond.”
The Walking Dead season 7 cast
The Walking Dead is promoting four of its cast members to ‘series regular’ status as the show careens into its seventh season.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Tom Payne (Jesus), Austin Amelio (Dwight), and Xander Berkeley (Gregory) will all play larger roles this season than they did last year.
The Walking Dead, of course, stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira and Chandler Riggs. That being said, there’s a chance Negan already killed off one of their characters at the end of season 6.
TV Line reported in late June that two new characters will join The Walking Dead for season 7. We’ll let their report do the talking…
“Episode 6 will introduce two new characters who don’t sound to me like anyone in particular from the comic-book series. (Correct me if I’m wrong — and we both know you will.) Naomi is a grandmotherly type who, having lost so many loved ones, is now willing to do whatever it takes not to have to bury any more. (Maybe she’s being introduced to counsel Carol about the awful necessities of the post-apocalyptic world… ) On the flip side is Jennie, a sunny-side-up kinda teenager — oh, Caaarl! — who sounds a lot like Beth 2.0, “kind, with a world-weary toughness.”
Those descriptions aren’t ringing any ‘oh, they’re so and so from the comics’ bells at this end either. Pop your thoughts in the comments if you’ve got any theories.
The Walking Dead season 7 villain
Jeffrey Dean Morgan will play the new big bad, Negan, in The Walking Dead season 7. Entertainment Weekly has asked him how his character compares to the show’s previous villain, The Governor. Specifically, they asked who’d win in a fight between the baseball-bat-wielding one and the eye-patch-sporting one.
“It’s not even close,” Morgan said in response. “I mean, I love David Morrissey, but he wouldn’t stand a chance. Wouldn’t stand a chance. I’d put Negan up against anybody. He’s super smart and there’s no filter, no fear.”
He added: “The Governor was a little bit wack. Negan’s got it together. It wouldn’t even be close. And I’m sorry, ‘cause I really love David. He’s awesome. I worked with him for a year and there’s just not a better guy. But Negan versus the Governor wouldn’t be close.”
We’re filing ‘The Governor was a little bit wack’ away in our ‘understatement of the year’ contenders file.
The Walking Dead season 7 Andrew Lincoln
Negan in The Walking Dead season 7 is “the baddest of the bad guys”, according to Andrew Lincoln in this Entertainment Weekly interview (Rick’s been through a lot, so grammar pedants everywhere should give him a pass).
Lincoln goes on to say that the arrival of Negan has “breathed a new terrifying life into the show, and at no better time” and to praise Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s performance:
“I think everybody got a sense of what this actor is capable of in the last episode. But rest assured that that’s really just the beginning of what Jeffrey is creating.”
“It’s such a great part and it’s so beautifully written. And he’s such an important part of the show, this character, that we needed an actor that could step up and take the bull by the horns and drag it forward, and make it his own. And certainly, that’s what we have this season.”
The Walking Dead season 7 cliffhanger
Who did Negan kill? That’s the question hanging over The Walking Dead as we wait for season 7. And if you were wondering, “Yes, who was at the receiving end of Negan’s bat will be revealed in the first episode,” executive producer Greg Nicotero has confirmed to EW.
Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter has published an article claiming that the team behind The Walking Dead have gone to extreme lengths to stop this spoiler from linking.
Apparently, they have filmed 11 different death scenes, one for each character that Negan could have murdered with his barbed baseball bat, so that fans lingering near the set cannot tell who the real victim is. Until the footage is edited behind closed doors, the identity of Negan’s prey will remain unclear.
You’ve got to admire the effort that the cast and crew are going to here, just to stop a secret from getting out and spoiling the fun.
Also, The Walking Dead director-producer-visual effects maestro Greg Nicotero said something in a recent interview with EW that defends the season six finale cliffhanger which has sent clue-searching brains into overdrive.
Here it is:
“If we would have shown the deaths, then they wouldn’t have felt our characters in season 7 the way they need to.”
That little ‘s’ – which could be it a slip of the tongue, typo, deliberate red herring or the real thing – is what’s causing all the trouble. All this time we’ve been wondering which one of the assembled eleven would meet their death courtesy of Lucille and Negan. Perhaps we should have been wondering which two…
Comic book creator and TV writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman has been talking to Entertainment Weekly about The Walking Dead season 7. Of particular note is Mr Kirkman’s response to being asked about the audience backlash regarding season 6’s huge cliffhanger ending.
“Look, I think as a creative person I have to acknowledge that all responses are valid,” Kirkman explained, “so I definitely have to take note that there’s a seemingly significant portion of the audience that wasn’t happy with that direction, so in that respect I think everyone on The Walking Dead creative team has taken note of that, and I don’t know that I would expect a similar cliffhanger at the end of season 7.”
Kirkman added this: “At the same time, I know it’s just a small portion of the audience, and a lot of people actually like the mystery and are enjoying the guessing game that they’re playing over the summer so I don’t know. But you get to season 6 on a show and you try new things and sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, but I would hope that after enjoying six seasons of the show people would recognize that, everything that [showrunner] Scott Gimple is putting together is an effort to keep the show exciting, and engaging, and keeping everybody excited about it.”
You can read the full interview here.
The Walking Dead season 7 violence
Violence in the show has been a talking point over the midseason break. First off, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd was quoted (by CBR) as saying, “We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence […] we did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.”
It seemed that Hurd was confirming there had been complaints about the bloodletting of season 7 episode 1, and the show’s future violence was being toned down to keep the fans happy.
However, showrunner Scott Gimple and executive producer/director Greg Nicotero then came forward and told Entertainment Weekly that fan feedback hasn’t caused a reduction in the violence of the show after all.
Apparently Nicotero responded to the suggestion of feedback causing a change with a flat “No”, before adding, “As brutal as that episode 1 was, it’s still part of our storytelling bible, which is what the world is about. I don’t think we would ever edit ourselves, and I think — even after looking at that episode 1 again — as tough as it was for people to watch, I don’t think we would have done it any differently. I don’t think we’ll ever pull ourselves back. There is definitely a difference between violence against walkers and human on human violence, but truthfully, we’re serving our story.”
“The violence in the premiere was pronounced for a reason,” stated Gimple, the series’ current showrunner. “The awfulness of what happened to the characters was very specific to that episode and the beginning of this whole new story. I don’t think like that’s the base level of violence that necessarily should be on the show. It should be specific to a story and a purpose, and there was a purpose of traumatizing these characters to a point where maybe they would have been docile for the rest of their lives, which was Negan’s point. But I will say again, the violence in the premiere was for a specific narrative purpose and I would never say that that’s the baseline amount of violence that we would show on the show. If we’re ever going to see something that pronounced, there needs to be a specific narrative purpose for it.”
More as we hear it.