'The Walking Dead' season 7 air date, spoilers: Director teases dark, emotional premiere

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Director Greg Nicotero recently dished that the highly anticipated premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season 7 is one of the most emotional episodes he has ever filmed.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nicotero shared that following the cliffhanger in the season 6 finale, the characters now live in a smaller world which seems to trap them. They are also facing a situation they have never been part of before, and it will be devastating to find out that the cavalry will not come to save them.

In order to channel the emotions of the characters, he revealed that the actors “took themselves to some pretty deep, dark places, and it was intense.”

“It was uncomfortable, and it was raw, and the emotion was real… Watching these people just in sheer agony was not a pleasant experience, to just watch what was happening. But that’s where they needed to go to exhibit the emotion. So it was a really intense,” he added.

Nicotero said that during their first time back on the production set, there was a different atmosphere. If during previous reunions the cast and crew were festive, the beginning of the new installment proved to be quite challenging and hard since they had to take everyone in sort of a dark place for great drama.

A newcomer to the series, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the menacing villain, Negan, also teased that shooting the new episodes amounted to “10 days of hell” for everyone involved.

“The Walking Dead” season 7 is slated to hit the small screen on Sunday, Oct. 23. It will be followed by a 90-minute live discussion on the aftershow “Talking Dead” to be attended by all 12 cast members present in the final scene of season 6.

According to Deadline, aside from Morgan, the participants include executive producers Robert Kirkman and Scott M. Gimple and stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Michael Cudlitz, Danai Gurira, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Chandler Riggs, Christian Serratos and Ross Marquand.