“Walking Dead” S7 Set To Go Darker Places

With the spin-off series “Fear the Walking Dead” kicking of the back half of its second season tonight, that means we’re only about two months away from the seventh season premiere of its progenitor – AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.

Almost all of the talk about the new season has been about the outcome of Negan’s actions in April’s finale, leaving little discussion about what comes after over the course of the new episodes. Executive producer and make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero has revealed to Deadline that we can expect things to get very dark for the first few episodes:

“I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better for our group, and it’s pretty intense. I mean, the show, we’re sort of opening a new chapter. I mean, it’s really, Rick is now, if you really think about his journey in the comic books, he shares the spotlight with Negan in the comic book. Negan now has some ownership over what the show is about.

It’s the anticipation and the excitement of new worlds that we’re going to, like the Hilltop, like the Kingdom, like the Sanctuary where Negan lives. Everybody’s putting so much of their heart and soul into it. You know, after directing the premiere episode, I was f–ked up for two weeks, you know? I really felt like I dragged a lot of my dearest friends into these really deep, dark places shooting that episode, and it’s been definitely an experience unlike anything that I’ve ever handled before.”

Unlike villains of seasons past such as The Governor, don’t expect Negan to disappear into the night so neatly – we’re now getting a more psychologically shattered group when “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on October 23rd.