Fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” aren’t the only ones shaken up about that crazy Season 6 finale. Lauren Cohan (Maggie) revealed that she and her co-stars are also heartbroken over what happened and knows that waiting for the Season 7 premiere is going to be hard.
Speaking to E! News, Cohan said she doesn’t like discussing the finale — which saw Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) viciously beating a “Walking Dead” character with his barbed-wire bat, Lucille — because it was so emotional for her.
“It was effectively a giant funeral for one of our loved ones, and we just don’t know who that is,” she said. “There was a lot of hugging and embracing … during the filming those two nights. You can imagine … We’re pretty broken up about the whole thing.”
Cohan also said she understands why fans would be upset over the show not revealing the victim, but she promised they will get answers when the show returns in the fall. “I think the reaction is almost in keeping with the emotional peaks and troughs that the show takes us through,” she said. “I’m really glad that the show is coming back with information. It’s not like people are being left hanging and it’s the end of the series or anything.”
Cohan continued, “We’ll definitely be having a big resolution when we come back, right off the bat, so that should be of some relief to people. But I know how painful the cliffhanger is.”
As for what’s in store for next season, the 34-year-old actress told the outlet things are going to be “very, very intense.” “The season comes back with a pretty intense, explosive start. That much I know,” she teased.
As previously reported, her co-star Norman Reedus (Daryl) also dished on the finale, saying on “The Today Show” the cast had a lot of different reactions while reading the script. According to the actor Cohan “broke out in tears,” Andrew Lincoln (Rick) couldn’t sleep, and Josh McDermitt (Eugene) “threw his script.”
“Cliffhangers have been happening since the beginning of entertainment, so they made sense,” he said. “I know what happens and it’s gut-wrenching to me.”
Even though Reedus claims to know which unlucky character comes face to face with Lucille, “Walking Dead” director Greg Nicotero previously told Entertainment Weekly that the cast is just as in the dark as the fans.
“We didn’t want even somebody on the crew or somebody there to go, ‘Oh I get it, I know what’s going to happen.’ So I think they were all gone,” he revealed. “We built a rig for Jeffrey to hit so that there would be impact with the baseball bat.”
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 will premiere in the fall.