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[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season seven premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” as well as the comic book series it is based on.]


One cliffhanger. Six months of waiting. And now not one but two victims. AMC’s The Walking Dead kicked off its seventh season with a pair of incredibly violent deaths, finally delivering the answer to just whom Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s charismatic and aggressive villain Negan whacked with his barbed wire bat named Lucille.


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WOW! What an intense episode! While I’m very happy with Maggie surviving the night, I wasn’t happy about our losses. I don’t like the new state of affairs!



AMC is far from done playing with the undead.


The cable network has handed out an early renewal for zombie drama The Walking Dead, picking up the Robert Kirkman entry for an eighth season due in late 2017.


The news, announced Sunday at the top of a two-hour retrospective, comes a week before season seven premieres with the franchise’s most highly anticipated episode yet.


Season six of the series, based on Kirkman’s comics of the same name, ended with a massive cliffhanger. Negan, perhaps the franchise’s biggest villain thus far, was introduced in the season six finale as the character (played new series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was on the verge of killing at least one of 11 core characters lined up before him. The show heads into its seventh season with its highest number of series regulars ever with 20.


Season eight — which likely will debut in October 2017 — will kick off withThe Walking Dead’s landmark 100th episode. Also returning is Chris Hardwick-hosted after-show Talking Dead. The early renewal comes as little surprise given the Scott M. Gimple-led drama’s ranking as the No. 1 show on TV among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The series, starring Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, has held that ranking for the past four seasons.


Season seven debuts Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m., followed by a special 90-minute Talking Dead broadcast live from Hollywood Forever Cemetery with all 11 cast members.


“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement with a nod to Negan’s famous line from the comics and season six finale. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”
In addition to showrunner Gimple and Kirkman, The Walking Dead is exec produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.


The Walking Dead is one of multiple series Kirkman has on his roster. He also co-created prequel Fear the Walking Dead, which has already been renewed for a third season in 2017, and has unscripted entry Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics‚ both at AMC, where he is under an overall deal. Beyond that, he has Cinemax’s Outcast, which the premium cable network renewed for a second season before its debut earlier this year. Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment banner is also developing multiple titles for TV, including his comic Thief of Thieves for AMC and Chronicles of Amber, which has yet to find a network.


The Walking Dead ranks as AMC’s longest-running series. Its roster of original scripted fare also includes Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Into the Badlands, Humans, Preacher, The Terror, The Son, Lodge 49 and the upcoming fourth and final seasons of Turn and Halt & Catch Fire.

Hordes of “Walking Dead” fans descended on Madison Square Garden Saturday night with the hopes of learning who wound up on the receiving end of new villain Negan’s bat at the close of last season.


Some came in elaborate costumes. There were assorted Ricks and Michonnes, one-eyed Carls and even a few Negans hefting barbed-wire bats.


Big spoilers about the show’s seventh season, which bows Oct. 23 on AMC, were not to be found at the show’s annual New York Comic Con panel, moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick. But there were some clues revealed at the end of the panel, thanks to a clip from the premiere that was well received by the adoring crowd.


Here’s what we learned:


  • Viewers will find out who’s getting beaten to death by Negan in the season premiere — no fakeouts, showrunner Scott Gimple promised. “It’s a weird feeling to be that powerless,” star Norman Reedus said of shooting the sixth season finale and seventh season premiere. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to get over that wall. I hated doing all that. It was miserable. It sucked, it really did.” Exec producer Greg Nictoreo, who directed the season opener, added: “Some of the most amazing moments were found not where you’re going to expect them.”
  • Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is worse than the Governor of season three fame. He’s got a “Barnum and Bailey style of justice,” according to Morgan, which viewers saw on display at the end of the season. And they’ll only see worse. But why would anyone follow such a brutal maniac? “It’s not just the charisma,” Morgan said. “A lot of people follow him out of fear of getting an iron to the face or worse. But he’s also kept a lot of people alive for a long time.”
  • Unlike previous seasons, which have been a little more contained, season will be more expansive, according to exec producer Gale Anne Hurd. We’ll see more of the “Walking Dead” universe, including King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his terrifying tiger Shiva.
  • Tara (Alanna Masterson) doesn’t know yet about the grisly fate that befell her lover Denise (Merritt Wever).
  • Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, was overcome with emotion at one point during the panel, forgetting the question Hardwick asked. Does that mean Maggie’s dead? Not necessarily, but such a reaction probably doesn’t bode well for viewers invested in Maggie’s emotional state.
  • Star Andrew Lincoln wasn’t at the panel, but Reedus told a story about him putting Reedus’ motorcycle on a boat and sending it floating into the middle of a lake. “With a sex doll on it,” Reedus added.



AMC’s The Walking Dead


October 08, 2016, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, The Theater at Madison Square Garden


AMC’s “The Walking Dead”—Join the cast and executive producers for a panel where they will discuss the shocking finale of season 6 as well as show a sneak peek into season 7, airing on October 23rd on AMC.


Speaker: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Michael Cudlitz, Lauren Cohan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson,

As The Walking Dead season 6 comes out on Blu-ray and DVD, we chatted to Lauren Cohan about Maggie, survival and losing people…


Warning: contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season 6.


Through some choice genre roles in the likes of Supernatural, Chuck, The Vampire Diaries and Archer, Lauren Cohan has cemented herself as a geek icon, but it’s her long-standing role as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead that’s allowed her to really shine. Maggie’s journey has seen her suffer extreme loss, with her once rather large family cut down to err… zero, but she’s also been the only character to sustain a long term relationship with Mr Glenn Rhee and out of that love, there’s now the possibility of the show’s second baby on the way.


Of course like most of the core characters, both Glenn and Maggie are in the line of bat, but arguably these two have the most to lose – one either loses his wife and unborn child, while the other stands to lose her husband and the father of said child.


One thing that hasn’t faltered is Maggie’s sheer force of will and her ability to kick both living and undead ass seven ways from sundown, so it was our great pleasure to chat to Lauren Cohan about all things Walking Dead, with a little Chuck at the end because, if you haven’t had the pleasure yet, it’s one of the greatest shows of all time.


So without further ado…


Firstly, I just wanted to say congratulations on five seasons of fantastic work, your debut must seem like a lifetime ago now?


Yeah isn’t it funny… it sometimes feels like it’s just happened. I actually just remember thinking about something I did last year, where I was on a balcony and I was shouting and it reminded me of my first scene in Walking Dead where I see Rick running with Carl and I shout “Dad!” and I thought ‘Maggie shouts people’s names a lot in this show!’ [laughs] Read the rest of this entry »

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