ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Allanah Faherty

With the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead sneaking up on us faster than Negan swinging Lucille, the cast and crew have been speaking out on what the fans can expect to see when we all tune in to watch on October 23.

In a recent Q&A, many of the cast and crew expressed their feelings and the experience they had while making Season 7, including that devastating premiere episode, and I got to warn you, reading them all will have rushing to board the Season 7 hype train! Take a look:

Andrew Lincoln a.k.a Rick Grimes

Rick's future suddenly looks grim [AMC]
Rick's future suddenly looks grim [AMC]

On whether or not Rick has met his match in Negan:

Without a doubt he has, absolutely. Everything is changed. The playing field has irrevocably changed.

On what he hopes the viewers feel after watching the Season 7 premiere:

I hope they recognize the effort and the commitment that everybody – crew and cast – has put into this returning episode, like always. It's palpable.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan a.k.a Negan

On what the audience can expect from Season 7:

You need to be very careful about what you wish for because you are going to get it and more this year. It’s emotional. It’s hard. It’s a lot to take. When the audience sees it, they will know exactly what "a lot" means.

Steven Yeun a.k.a Glenn Rhee

Glenn's life is in danger in the Season 7 premiere [AMC]
Glenn's life is in danger in the Season 7 premiere [AMC]

On filming the Season 7 premiere:

As an actor, you strive for moments like this where you get to feel something, whether it be terrible or good. We've established quite a story and quite a show. To come to this point is a milestone. This only makes the show better."

Lauren Cohan a.k.a Maggie Greene

Maggie's life hangs in the balance in Season 7 [AMC]
Maggie's life hangs in the balance in Season 7 [AMC]

On what she hopes fans will feel while watching Season 7:

I hope that people feel the certainty and bravery of putting other people first. As difficult as the struggle has been for our group, the thing that they do right is think of each other and think of others. Part of the appeal for working on this show and being a fan of this show is the tribe. Being a part of something, knowing who you are, what your part is in it, the impact you make on other people’s lives, how you better a situation by giving of yourself, and you have a place in this family. That is what I have learned, and I hope that can be passed on.

Melissa McBride a.k.a Carol Peletier

Carol ended Season 6 severely wounded [AMC]
Carol ended Season 6 severely wounded [AMC]

On how the audience should prepare for the Season 7 premiere:

It’s going to be rough. There is no way to prepare for what is going to come. You think you know what is going to happen and the way it’s going to happen. You are not prepared for what is coming.

Christian Serratos a.k.a Rosita Espinosa

Rosita was heartbroken in the Season 6 finale [AMC]
Rosita was heartbroken in the Season 6 finale [AMC]

On what the audience will learn about the group from the premiere:

All our characters are very tough, very human, very capable, and very strong. At times, they may seem invincible. They are not. That is a very powerful message. These people can hurt, can bleed, and can feel fear. They do not have control.

Scott M. Gimple - Executive producer, showrunner and writer

Scott M. Gimple (right) on set during Season 6 [Gene Page/AMC]
Scott M. Gimple (right) on set during Season 6 [Gene Page/AMC]

On how difficult it was to write the Season 7 premiere:

It was terrifying, and terrifying as usual, to write. It doesn’t matter if it’s episode 14, or episode one, or episode seven – we want to do right by the characters and do right by the story.

Robert Kirkman - Executive producer, writer

 David Morrissey (left) & Robert Kirkman (right) on set in Season 4 [Gene Page/AMC]
David Morrissey (left) & Robert Kirkman (right) on set in Season 4 [Gene Page/AMC]

On whether or not Season 7 is worth waiting for:

It is absolutely worth the wait. It’s a fantastic premiere to a fantastic season. I think everyone will be blown away. There are all kinds of great stuff coming this season.

Greg Nicotero - Executive producer, director, special effects makeup supervisor

Nicotero on set during Season 6 [Gene Page/AMC]
Nicotero on set during Season 6 [Gene Page/AMC]

On the challenge of directing the Season 7 premiere:

It was intense and it affected me in a way I did not expect. It was a 9-day shoot that was brutal.

On what fans should expect to feel watching the Season 7 premiere:

Every emotion that you can imagine feeling, you will feel. You think they are at the bottom, but there is a lot further for them to go.

David Alpert - Executive producer

David Alpert [YouTube/World Screen]
David Alpert [YouTube/World Screen]

On how Season 7 compares to past seasons:

The thing that I love is we saw society torn down and these people living out there in the apocalypse alone in very primitive conditions. Then you started to see a little bit with the Governor and Woodbury as they started to try to bring society back, but it was very small scale and tiny in scope. The stuff that is going on this year, and the stuff we are building at the moment, is so much larger in scale and scope than anything that I ever anticipated we would be able to pull off.

Watch The Walking Dead when it returns to AMC on October 23 at 9pm ET.

Who do you think Negan killed?

Negan picks his victim [AMC]
Negan picks his victim [AMC]