With the introduction of Negan at the end of the last season of The Walking Dead, the situation of our band of survivors was made worse. According to Norman Reedus, Negan’s arrival and the implementation of his set of rules will change everything albeit not for the better. Viewers still have no idea who Negan killed, and presumably will continue to be left in the dark until October 23rd when the show returns.
I mean, it’s a brand new world right now. It’s a complete change of power. Our whole world has been turned upside down, and that group of people have been fighting to have their feet firmly on the ground and have some sort of direction to live in and some sort of code to live by and moral compass, and they thought they were doing it okay, you know? It was hard, and they had to go through things all the time, but they were on a path, and now that path has been ripped from their feet, and things that they believe in are completely different now. The world is completely turned upside down.
Reedus also spoke about how hard filming the cliffhanger scene was again for the premiere episode as not only did they have to lose a cast member once, they had to lose them twice.
It was exhausting, and it was no fun. You know, we always come back to this show every season, and we’re like, “Yeah, let’s get back into it!” You know, all the actors are excited to be here and see each other and get back into where they were. But this was one of those where it’s like, “Oh, f—. Here we go.” It was definitely not a joyous reunion. I mean, it was nice to see everybody again, of course, but it wasn’t the same as in previous years.
After talking about the effects on the actors themselves, he went on to discuss how the characters would react to a death in their family of sorts.
It affects the group completely differently. You know, everyone, it affects them differently. Some relinquish power. Some accept it. Some fight it. There are people questioning it. There are people pointing their fingers. There are people blaming themselves. Other things happen that completely destroy people. The group is completely broken apart at this point. Negan has come in and completely shaken up everything. Loyalties are broken, belief in one another, belief in ourselves. Each individual is completely broken, and they don’t all handle it the exact same way.
The Walking Dead returns on October 23 at 9 p.m. EST.