Even though the cast members have repeatedly pointed out that the last episode of The Walking Dead Season 6 was supposed to be about Rick Grimes's downfall, and not the identity of the victim of Negan's beloved wire-wrapped bat, most of the fans were less than pleased at the prospect of having to endure a six-month cliffhanger.
Greg Nicotero, the director of the last 15 episodes of The Walking Dead, has admitted that it wasn't easy to see how negative the reaction to last week's finale was. Still, he won't give any hints to anyone about who died, even his own family.
'My Mom And Dad Aren't Talking To Me Right Now'
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nicotero revealed that even his parents are so mad at him for being left with a cliffhanger that they're currently not talking to him.
"My mom and dad called this morning and they were like, 'We had nightmares last night. You gotta tell us who it is.' My mom pulled the whole, 'Gregory, this is your mother, you need to tell me who dies.' I’m like, 'Mom I’m not allowed to tell you that.' So my mom and dad aren’t talking to me right now."
Should we feel bad for him?
The Negative Reaction To The Finale Is 'Unfortunate'
But the negative outburst after the final scene won't change Nicotero's mind on the the season's ending.
"It's unfortunate that some people are very vocal and very negative about the choices that we make, but the bottom line is that this is a show I would watch."
To him, it's actually a way to honor the comics to end with a cliffhanger, since so many issues contain the same tension.
"The graphic novel is going into a dark, dark place, and Kirkman said it himself: in the graphic novels, every one of them ends with a cliffhanger, and it is dark. That's what this story deserves."
'Everyone's Very Excited About Where The Show Is Going'
If there's one thing every fan will be happy to hear, it's that the whole cast and especially Nicotero are going to work very hard on the new season. It seems like the angry feedback from the audience hasn't stopped anyone on the show from being excited about the future. For Nicotero, this is a new dawn for The Walking Dead:
"I know everyone's anxious to get back to work and everyone's very excited about where the show is going, all the way from Andrew Lincoln and down. It's like we're starting over again and it's great."
At least he's confident that "a week from now, [people] won’t be upset anymore, and it’ll be fun." Let's hope that applies to his parents as well.
Has your mind about the finale of 'The Walking Dead' changed since the episode aired?
Source: Entertainment Weekly