Well, that's one way to take down a herd! The premiere of The Walking Dead Season 7b proved that even hundreds of walkers are no match for Rick and his group after they pulled off what was probably the show's best walker kill yet.
The Saviors may have taken most of their guns, but who needs guns — or dynamite, for that matter — when you've got two cars and a decent length of cable?
In fact, one Redditor even noticed that the massacre broke a new record, boosting Michonne and Rick's official kill count to over 300— a possible reference to a certain Navy Seal copypasta meme:
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"The Perfect Opportunity"
Despite being one hell of a way to celebrate the show's mid-season return, #TheWalkingDead executive producer Greg Nicotero told Comic Book that the unique walker slaughter wasn't even part of the original script. In fact, it wasn't until Nicotero read through the first draft of the script that he realized they needed to up their game:
"We wanted the episode to have a big bang so when we come back, we were always coming back with a splash. We knew that we had a lot of pressure because of what we did last mid-season premiere, and we were like, 'How are we gonna top what we've done before?'"
Originally, the plan was to have Rosita throw an explosive at the herd through the sunroof of her car, blowing up the mass of walkers just before the group drove to safety. As nail-biting as that would have been, Nicotero told the script writers that they'd almost missed out on "the perfect opportunity" to utilize the cable that ran between the two cars.
A Chance For Romance
Not only was the slice-and-dice substantially more gory than a single explosion, but it gave Rick and Michonne a "great opportunity" to bond over their shared love of wiping out the undead. Remember, couples who take out walkers together, stay together.
Andrew Lincoln (Rick) seemed to agree, admitting that it was a move that helped Rick get his "mojo" back:
"What I loved about that whole thing is that obviously Rick's getting his mojo back, but I loved the way we shot it and I loved the cars that we used. It felt like we were in some 1970s lone, low fi American indie movie. It was a pretty wild day. It was amazing."
Send In The Drones
The ambitious scene was no easy feat to pull off. Five cameras were needed to capture the full scale of the slaughter, including two that were mounted on electric cars zooming alongside the cars being driven by Rick and Michonne. A drone was used to capture the aerial footage of an incredible 100 walkers, with even more added in using CGI.
Needless to say, Nicotero was more than pleased with the process:
"Having all the zombies approaching the cable and go away from us and then just cut right in it. It's so much fun. I'm so exited now about the moment that it ignited in my brain to see it finished."
Even More Changes
This wasn't the first time The Walking Dead's creators thought it was important to make a significant change to the script. In Season 6, the scene where Ron accidentally shoots Carl in the eye was changed to show the characters in a fairly different light.
Chandler Riggs (Carl) told Cinema Blend that the original script had Ron attempt to shoot Rick, but Carl taking the bullet for his father; however, the scene was edited to show Ron shooting Carl completely by accident due to his gun misfiring after being stabbed by Michonne.
Even further back in Season 2, Norman Reedus (Daryl) asked showrunner Glen Mazzara to remove a scene that showed Daryl doing drugs. Reedus wanted his character to make different choices to his brother Merle, who was quite the notorious drug fiend.
Did you think that scene was The Walking Dead's most epic walker kill yet?