‘The Walking Dead’: Greg Nicotero On The Season 7 Finale

The Walking Dead's Greg Nicotero on the Season 7 Finale, the script, the shooting and setting it apart from previous seasons' finales.

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Things are certainly heating up on The Walking Dead. A war is brewing between Negan’s Saviors and Rick’s Alexandrians and pretty much everyone else the Saviors have oppressed. Things are about to get a whole lot worse before they get better.

With the Season 7 Finale airing this Sunday, special FX genius, executive producer, and director of the finale Greg Nicotero spoke with Entertainment Weekly about bringing the season to a proper close:

“I think it’s one of the best scripts that we’ve ever produced, just in terms of pure character arc. And it really sums up the trajectory of the second half of the season perfectly. A lot of the questions, and a lot of the things that we spent time cultivating over the first half of the season and the second half of the season, definitely come to a head.”

Nicotero also spoke about the difficulties in shooting the episode:

“It was a f—ing bear, man. We had about a five-day prep and a 10-day shoot, and we were moving, literally, on pure instinct. Having been in the trenches with these guys so many times before, it was exciting and every single day, on set, we had fun and we got a chance to do a lot of great emotional stuff, a lot of great action stuff, sort of weaving all of these pieces together, and I f—ing loved every second of it.”

He also touched on setting this season finale apart from previous finales:

“Every one of our season openers, and every one of our season finales, they’re different. We had the Terminus capture at the end of season 4, and then we had the Terminus escape at the start of season 5. We had Rick shooting Pete at the end of season 5, and we had the quarry at the start of season 6. Every one of these seasons starts differently and ends differently. We would never want to repeat the same sentiment, the same themes, and I think the writers have done an amazing job on the script.”

Here’s the official synopsis for The Walking Dead Season 7 Finale:

The stakes continue to grow higher as paths cross; the group enacts an intricate plan.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Finale airs April 2nd on AMC. Be sure to check back here on Heroic Hollywood for our weekly recaps.

Source: Entertainment Weekly