Fans of The Walking Dead can expect to find out who was at the other end of Negan’s bat when the show returns for its 7th season in less than 3 months. What fans should not expect? Another cliffhanger ending. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, creator Robert Kirkman is taking the fan reaction to heart – and to the writer’s table.
“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.”
He later went on to say, “We love the fan base, we love the audience and so if you didn’t like this one you’ll like the next one. We hopefully have many more seasons to go.”
And for those wanting a hint as to who is Negan’s victim, Kirkman is not giving any. He has considered the fan reaction to killing the same person from the comics or someone else entirely; but it is not influencing what will ultimately be the outcome. While the fan reaction is important, it cannot drive the creative process.
“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.”
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 23rd at 9 PM EST.