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Greg Nicotero Confirms He Directed Season 7 Premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ confirmed today that special effects and directing guru on the show, Greg Nicotero, will in fact be directing the first episode of season 7 of The Walking Dead.

It’s fitting, as he also directed the fateful finale of season 6, in which Negan takes somebody out-somebody we are still clamoring to figure out.

“Listen, it was the hardest two weeks of my life,” Greg told Comicbook. “You take these actors and you drag them. You illicit the deepest, darkest fears that they’ve ever had because our actors, they’re f—ing in it. So, you spend two weeks taking them to this place and it’s horrific. You do it, over and over again for nine days and when it’s over, you feel like you’ve just witnessed the most emotional things that they could drench up. They did it. And then I ask them to do it again and then again and then we’re gonna change angle and do it again.”

The Walking Dead returns in October.

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