“The Walking Dead” Season 6 finale ended with a shocking cliffhanger — and fans want answers! The only problem is that they have to wait until AMC begins airing new episodes in October.
[WARNING: Do NOT continue reading unless you watched the Season 6 finale of “The Walking Dead.”]
Details about Season 7 are scarce so far, however comic book creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple appeared on “Talking Dead” to tease a little about what’s to come in the fall. Although some are upset with the cliffhanger ending, Kirkman says that the cliffhanger isn’t the most important part.
“It’s about tearing Rick Grimes down and that’s the conclusion of this story,” he said of the Season 6 ending. “So while it does seem like a cliffhanger, that’s the conclusion.”
So, what does the cliffhanger set up for Season 7? The plot will follow the fallout of Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) decision.
“The story of who died, the story of what comes next, of who Negan killed, of what comes after that, that’s really the story of Season 7,” Kirkman explained.
Gimple added that their goal was for viewers to feel the “suspense” and “terror” that the characters were feeling. “And we’re going to deliver you a story next season that justifies that,” he continued.
For those that missed out, episode 16 found Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and a small group including Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Eugene (Dylan McDermitt), Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) attempting to transport a pregnant Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to the Hilltop Colony. Maggie began experiencing sharp pains in her stomach in episode 15, and her condition was worsening. The only problem was that every route they attempted to take was blocked off by the Saviors.
Eugene finally hatched a plan that would allow him to distract the Saviors in the RV while the others took off on foot. But unfortunately that backfired as well. The entire group ended up getting captured in the woods and reuniting with Michonne (Danai Gurira), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Rosita (Christian Serratos), who had been taken hostage by the Saviors the week before. Everyone was lined up on their knees, and that’s when Negan made his grand entrance.
Negan laid down the rules for the “New World Order.” He told them that they all now work for him, and must hand over half of everything they have. If they fight back or withhold supplies they will face the consequences. But before they can begin working for him, he revealed that one of them has to die as payback for all of the Saviors they killed.
The Season 6 finale concluded with Negan playing a twisted game of “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo” before finally picking his victim. He brought his beloved bat, Lucille, down on the person’s head repeatedly. However, viewers didn’t get to see who it was.