He’s already back in Atlanta to start working on Season 7, but The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple is very aware that fans have some i...
'The Walking Dead' Postmortem: EP Scott Gimple on That Cliffhanger, Season 7, and Keeping the Secret of Negan's Victim
On why he chose to cliffhanger the finale, instead of revealing who Negan murdered with Lucille, and how graphic the reveal will be next season:
“In many ways what we saw last night was the end of the story… Where Rick winds up is completely different from where he started in [episode] 1 and where he started in 9. I know, obviously, and I’ve known for awhile, what is in 701. Presenting what occurs, to show what happened in full force, it is the beginning of the next story. It’s an incredible work of gore by Charlie Adlard in the [comic]… How we show that on TV? I’m certain that we will be pushing some boundaries with it.”
On how he thinks the Season 7 premiere storyline will justify the controversial cliffhanger:
“I think if you approach it from a place of skepticism, or with the idea that there’s some sort of negative motivation behind it, if you come at it that way, it’s difficult to convince you otherwise. I do think we’ve done enough on the show… to ask people to give us the benefit of the doubt that it is all part of a plan, and it’s all part of a story. I truly hope that people see 701 and they feel it justifies the way that we’ve decided to tell the story. I know what 701 is, and I feel that it delivers on what 616 sets up.”