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‘The Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman on the entrance of Ezekiel and Shiva

Published on September 30th, 2016 | Updated on September 30th, 2016 | By FanFest

I’m willing to bet that there is not a single The Walking Dead fan out there that is not dying to know who fell victim to Negan on the Season Six finale of The Walking Dead.  The season finale for the AMC hit series ended with a major cliffhanger, leaving fans wondering who the violent villain beat to death with his barbed wire bat, Lucielle.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead will introduce what creator Robert Kirkman calls “the wildest swing” he took in the comics.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman sat down and talked about how excited he is to see Ezekiel and Shiva hit the small screen. “I’m really excited about Ezekiel and Shiva getting into the show because that’s probably the wildest swing I took in the comics,” he said. “You know, a guy who has a pet tiger [and] who speaks like some kind of weird medieval king is pretty strange.”

The creator went on to admit that he’s been ready to see how AMC would handle the odd-ball character since he made, Ezekiel himself.

 “I have to be honest, when I was writing the comic, I was like, ‘Hell yeah, let’s see how we handle this tiger in the show! This is going to be difficult!’ So to actually get to this point where we are adapting it into the show and to see the show expand in this way that the comic did in the past is pretty cool,” Kirkman explained.

He went on to say that the introduction of Ezekiel is “an important benchmark” for the series. “I think anyone who’s been reading the comics sees that while the introduction of Ezekiel was this really strange occurrence in the comic at the time, as time progresses and you learn more and more about him, he becomes a very pivotal character in where the story is going.”

Kirkman continued, “I’m worried about getting into spoiler territory, but I will say that any people that have read the comics kind of have a better grasp of what’s coming, and should be very excited that Ezekiel and Shiva are being introduced.”

The Walking Dead will return for Season 7 on October 23 at 9 PM/EST on AMC.

 

Source: Entertainment Weekly/Comicbook.com

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