The sixth season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” finally showed fans one of the biggest scenes from the comics realised on the screen – only to cut it in half and turn it into a cliffhanger.
To say some fans felt cheated by this would be an understatement, the show’s massive fanbase has been very vocal about the decision even as others have been enjoying the speculation as to whom of the group it is that met their fate at the end of Negan’s baseball bat Lucille.
Speaking about the upcoming seventh season this week with EW, co-creator Robert Kirkman says they likely won’t do such a cliff hanger again with the seventh season finale after the production crew has “taken note” of the reaction to the sixth season end:
“Look, I think as a creative person I have to acknowledge that all responses are valid, 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.
I mean, we have to look at those kind of options, and to be honest, that’s kind of when you throw it all out the window and just do what you think is the coolest and best for the story. Gauging fan reaction while you’re writing a story is a progress killer, and an enthusiasm killer, because you can never anticipate… I mean, we could’ve never anticipated the uproar that happened on the internet over the cliffhanger. We’re always just sitting down and trying to tell the best stories and do the best job of adapting my material from the comic.
Fellow executive producer Greg Nicotero has already promised the show will answer the big question right away when it returns in October.