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Eeney, meeney, miney … who?
With all due respect to every other plotline on The Walking Dead — viewers want to know what happens with Carol and Morgan, too — there’s only one burning question that’s been smoldering in fans’ minds all summer: Whose skull did Negan crush with his trusty bat Lucille in the season six finale?
All 11 possibilities — Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Ross Marquand (Aaron), and Josh McDermitt (Eugene) — were on stage Friday at San Diego Comic-Con, along with the man wielding the bat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), and TWD executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert. Of course, they didn’t offer a definitive answer as to who felt Lucille’s wrath — Kirkman can only promise, “Your frustration will be over soon” — but they did share some fresh information about season seven.
The trailer for season seven (premiering Sunday, Oct. 23) didn’t feature any of the 11 possible victims. Instead, only flashbacks of past moments from each of them throughout the series were included while Negan loomed overhead mulling whose head to bash. But the trailer did offer lots of Tara and Heath hunting zombies, and Carol and Morgan as they follow guys with makeshift armor into the Kingdom. Plus, the series officially introduced the dreadlocked King Ezekiel — played by voice actor Khary Payton — with his CGI tiger, Shiva.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is clearly relishing his role as TWD’s super-villain: He strode onto the Comic-Con stage (watch, below) holding Lucille and standing over each castmember menacingly, asking everyone, “Are we pissing our pants yet?” (As Lincoln says, “He’s having way too much fun playing this dude.”) Lincoln concedes that, with the reveal of Negan’s victim in the premiere, “It’s a really shitty start to the season… but I think we’re headed towards one of the biggest showdowns we’ve had on this show since Terminus. So hang in there with us.”
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Here are the other highlights from the hourlong panel:
• The world of The Walking Dead will continue to expand, Hurd promises: “It’s getting more complex. We’re going to find more people we haven’t met before, living in the apocalypse and figuring out how to survive. Our characters will be meeting both friend and foe.” And there are more power struggles on the horizon, she adds: “We’re gonna see leaders with different styles, and how they work … some benevolent, and some not so benevolent.”
• Rick was in a bad place emotionally when we last saw him … and even Lincoln’s mother is concerned about him. He says she’s a huge Walking Dead fan now, and she told him, “You’ve got to get back to to that place where you were last year. You’ve got to dig deep.” He responded, “Are you giving me acting notes?”
• McDermitt is making his Comic-Con debut this year, and he was happy to see fans walking around dressed in costume as Eugene. In fact, he says, he even saw a few female cosplayers dressed up as Eugene … and it gave him some uncomfortable feelings. “I look at them, and I’m like, “I kind of want to sleep with Eugene.”
• Rick and Michonne’s budding romance (Richonne!) was a big development in season six, but Gurira thinks their bond goes all the way back to the season three episode “Clear,” where she connects with Rick’s son Carl: “She … bonds with his son, which is really reviving for her … she gets to put down her armor.” While filming another scene where Rick and Michonne are bickering over bullets, “the crew all looked over [to Gimple], and were like, ‘Are Rick and Michonne going to get together?’… It made sense to me, because she needs to deeply respect a man she opens up to. It allowed her to work through her several wounds and armory.”
• Off-camera, the real Walking Dead romance (or bromance, rather) is clearly between Lincoln and Reedus. The escalating prank war between the co-stars was recounted by Reedus: “I put chickens in his trailer one day,” and Lincoln responded with a package that exploded with glitter in Reedus’ face. The Comic-Con crowd was shown a video of Reedus’ revenge: He rigged up the A/C system in Lincoln’s car to spit glitter out at him. (“There were people at red lights looking at me like I’ve been clubbing,” Lincoln says sadly.) Lincoln actually tried to get back at him by spraying glitter in Reedus’s face on the Comic-Con stage, but most of the glitter just got stuck in Lincoln’s beard. The lesson, as always: Glitter is the worst.
Watch the full panel, below.
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