ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Allanah Faherty

We're just days away from the trailer release for Season 7 of The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con, and boy are we hyped! But, while we can expect to see a ton of stuff in the trailer, sadly one thing we definitely won't see is the result of that cruel cliffhanger involving Negan.

But while identifying footage of Negan's victim is unlikely to make it into the trailer, Walking Dead executive producer (and director, and special effects master) Greg Nicotero has opened up about just how gnarly that scene is, and what an effect it's had on those lucky enough to see it.

Speaking to Comicbook.com, Nicotero revealed that while many involved in the series have been kept in the dark about the scene, incoming Walking Dead directors have had it shown to them, and their reaction was pretty intense:

"Some of the incoming directors, when they come in, they read all the scripts. As the cuts are available, we want them to see because we want them to get a flavor for what we’re doing visually. A couple of people have seen it and then they stand next to me for about 24 hours going, ‘Fuck!’ And I’m like, ‘What?'”
"People cry which makes me happy and sad at the exact same time."

You're a sick puppy, Nicotero, but we love you for it!

Look what you did to Carol, Nicotero! [AMC]
Look what you did to Carol, Nicotero! [AMC]

But the directors of The Walking Dead aren't the only ones who know who Negan's victim (or victims) are, with Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) tweeting that the entire cast of the show also knew:

Granted, that's a bit of a given considering the death scene was likely shot back in May, but still it's good to know, if only for the fact that now we know it's a possibility for cast members to drop hints at Comic-Con, (similar to how the cast of Star Wars made accidental reveals at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London last week).

AMC's The Walking Dead Comic Con image [AMC]
AMC's The Walking Dead Comic Con image [AMC]

But enough about what's not in the trailer, what can Nicotero tells fans about what is in the trailer? Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he hinted that we'll finally get a look at other communities that were hinted at in the second half of Season 7:

"The exciting thing about season 7 is we’re really opening it up. We started in season 6 by getting a sense that the world was a much larger place. We were laying the seeds for the fact that there is a very big world out there. So, in season 7, we really get a chance to explore those worlds in much greater detail."

Hell yes, this sounds like it means much more time spent at the Hilltop community, and also see the introduction of the Kingdom (the community belonging to the men Carol and Morgan met at the end of Season 6) and also Negan's sanctuary, which is likely to be a different base to the one that Rick and the group stormed earlier in Season 6.

And speaking of Morgan, the first promotional image of a character has been released and it's of our favorite pacifist, carrying his trusty Jo staff:

[Image: Gene Page/AMC via EW]
[Image: Gene Page/AMC via EW]

I cannot wait to explore with Morgan and Carol in Season 7!

The Walking Dead returns to screens in October, but the Season 7 trailer will drop this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con.

What are you hoping to see in The Walking Dead Season 7 trailer this Friday?

(Sources: Comicbook.com, Entertainment Weekly)