– by Drew Carlton

Ok, Ok. I get it: Currently, many people are down on The Walking Dead right now due to the spankage dolled out by Negan this season. We all know it, and so does the star of the show Andrew Lincoln. However, he gives the fans a little hope and assures everyone in an interview with EW that there is a plan in place.

‘[Showrunner Scott M. Gimple] explained it to me in one way, which I found very helpful, which was that rather than just have a very cool exciting buildup to war between between Negan and Rick, he wanted people to want more than that — to really feel that they wanted justice, and then to also acknowledge the cost of what had 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. I think he really wanted it to feel like the audience, rather than just baying for blood, wanted justice for what had happened. And that, for me, was quite a helpful way of understanding why it had to be so immersive and so painful — certainly for all of us on set and acting in it, but also, I think, for the audience.”

He continues addressing the overwhelming feelings for season 7.

“As I said before, people are absolutely entitled to feeling exactly what they want to feel about the show, and it’s interesting the way that people view it differently now. And I know people want to watch more than one episode a week at a time just because it’s kind of compulsive, the storytelling, and they want to know what happens next. And I think sometimes having to wait is a good thing because you get to recap on other things and view it in a different way. 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. I admire anybody taking risks.”

My understanding of this comes down to the phrase “The long game”. I think many would disagree and say that the season has been outright dreadful, but most of these viewers did not read the comic and have no idea what is coming next. But should they even base the show on comic readers? In 2012 The Walking Dead broke the indie comic sales record after the legendary issue #100 (Negan v. Glenn) hit 383,612 in total sales, but we must remember that every recent televised show hits 10 million plus viewers, and that is down around 40% from the end of last season.

Well, I am still on board, and I will be until the last episode airs. Recently, we got a look at episode 9 with this new trailer where Rick meets Ezekiel.

Also check out these cool promo pics!

I will not trouble you with many known internet spoilers or my own experience in and around the set — they are out there — but I will say to all the fans, “All will be well.”

Is everyone ready for the midseason premier of The Walking Dead? Don’t hold your tongues!

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Source: AMC, EW