Now a couple of months removed from The Walking Dead’s controversial (that’s putting it lightly) Season 6 finale, the intense fan backlash has subsided but definitely not ended. The show’s producers still get hate messages on a daily basis about the decision to end the Season on a cliffhanger and series star Norman Reedus continues to find himself fielding countless fan inquiries about who Negan killed.
“Probably about a zillion times. Like, all the time.” Reedus told Entertainment Weekly this week when asked how often fans ask him to reveal the identity of Negan’s victim. Although, he disagrees with fans who feel like they need to know the answer now. “I don’t like spoilers, to be honest, I don’t want people to tell me the ending to the movie when we sit down in a movie theater. I don’t like them, so I don’t do them. I like the enthusiasm behind everyone wanting to know, but it’s a good feeling to have that enthusiasm, so let’s hold onto it.”
Still, Reedus wasn’t exactly surprised by the intensely negative fan reaction, as he admits that it was a pretty controversial move on the show’s part. “They’re still talking about it,” he notes. “I’ve been making art for a long time and you want people to talk. Sometimes you make something just to get people to talk. The fact that people are still talking is a huge compliment to how that episode was executed and the acting in it and the writing of it. That’s a good thing. Talk sometimes its good. I know we all have phones and everything is instant gratification now. I get it. I like that too. I like the controversy, to be honest. For that many people to be that invested in that show and freaking out, I think it’s great.”
Showrunner Scott Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman have both admitted that by making fans wait six months for an answer, they know that they will have to earn it with a showstopping Season 7 premiere and Reedus is adamant that it will be more than worth the wait. “They’re earning it,” says Reedus. ““Trust me. I think probably the planet is going to explode. That’s my feeling. It’s so good. Every time we go on a promotional tour talking about what’s going to come, we all say ‘Oh my God, it’s amazing. I can’t wait for you to see it.’ But it continually surprises me how this show grows and is put together and the execution of it – no pun intended. It blows my mind. It just continually reaches a new plateau every single time, and this is the highest plateau we’ve ever been. So just wait. It’s worth the wait, trust me.”
Perhaps Reedus is confusing the planet exploding with heads exploding, as whomever Negan’s victim turns out to be, they’re sure to have a giant hole where their head used to be judging by that bat swing we saw before the finale stupidly faded to black. Yeah, we’re not over it yet either.