As we approach the finale of The Walking Dead's seventh season, the cast found time to talk to EW at Paleyfest 2017 about what we can expect from the last episode. Considering how much "filler" we've seen in season 7, can we hope for a show-stopping stunner or should we resign ourselves to another non-event like the season 6 #TheWalkingDead finale?
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The interview saw several cast members drop some incredibly vague hints about what's a-happenin' at the climax of Season 7. Sonequa "Sasha" Martin-Green points to the popular Season 7 / Atlanta Falcons slogan, "Rise Up:"
"It’s rising up. It’s the message we’ve been sending out for the entire back eight [episodes], that it’s time to rise up and do something. It’s time to be the leaders we are, to sacrifice for something greater. Rick says to Michonne in episode 712, that it’s not about us anymore, it’s about the future. So that’s what these last three episodes are about, that’s what the entire back eight has been about."
If anyone's gagging for an action-packed finale as much as we are, it must be Melissa McBride: poor old Carol's been sat on her ass munching pomegranates and pretending to read for the last billion episodes so she must be getting a bit fidgety. McBride says that the wait for Carol's personal uprising has been "painful":
"I think she’s ready to fight. It’s painful. When Morgan asked if she got what she wanted, it’s kind of like, ‘No. I didn’t just get away from these people, I love these people. I wanted to get away from pain.’ So I don’t think the way she views it is any different, she’s just doing what she knows she has to do and she’s known that all along."
However, Scott Gimple dropped in a nefarious-sounding nugget: the finale of season 7 is really more about setting up season 8 than resolving any of the issues created by more than a dozen season 7 episodes have lurched through:
"It’s more about setting up the next 100 episodes.
The end of the season is very much the end of a chapter. It’s very much a conclusion that promises this epic story ahead. It’s about setting up this giant, epic tale to come, not only in season 8, but beyond."
Hmmmm. At least there was a bit of a laugh (or something more?) thrown out during the interview: when a fan asked Andrew Lincoln if Rick and Michonne would have a baby in the future, he replied:
"I mean, we’ve got to repopulate the world."
Would you like Rick and Michonne to have a baby on 'The Walking Dead'?