Shocking, brutal and gruesome.
Season seven of The Walking Dead drew in numerous complaints from the moment it premiered back in October last year due to the violent wrath of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his blood-thirsty bat, Lucille.
Now, Rick Grimes himself Andrew Lincoln is standing by the show’s producers and their gut-wrenching storytelling.
Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, Lincoln admits that the filming process for the first half of the season was “painful”, however his faith in the writers and producers has never been questioned and he is encouraging viewers to have faith also.
Lincoln admits to somewhat agreeing with some viewers as to why they were put off by the first couple of episodes of the new season, but that instantly changed once showrunner Scott M. Gimple carefully detailed something to him.
“Rather than just have a very cool exciting build-up to war between Negan and Rick,” he said to EW.
“He wanted people to want more than that – to really feel that they wanted justice, and then to also acknowledge the cost of what happened and why they were willing to risk it all again while realizing that they were putting many, many, many lives back in the firing line.”
Fans of the show certainly got that point once they witnessed Abraham AND Glenn getting their heads smashed to smithereens – which is something we are still not over.
The Walking Dead lead star describes the current story as “very brave, bold and also challenging,” as Lincoln adds that people are entitled to their own opinions of the show.
“It’s interesting the way that people view it differently now,” he says, “ although I would say that this season made a lot more sense once we got the last role of film in the can for episode 716. The brilliant writers that we have take some risks, and I admire them for it.”
Everyone should listen to Andrew’s words as judging from the second half of the season’s teaser, fans of the zombie drama are in for a killer treat.
The Walking Dead returns Feb 7th on AMC.