Over a month after “The Walking Dead” season 6 finale has received mixed reactions from fans of the AMC show, creator Robert Kirkman has recently addressed the issue via a personally written note.
The 37-year-old writer utilized the letter section of “The Walking Dead” issue 154 comics to explain the creative process which pushed the decision to incorporate the cliffhanger in the recent season ender.
“The speculation, the frustration, the possibilities, the theories … honestly in my mind … that stuff is fun,” he wrote as reported by Vanity Fair.
In the episode titled “Last Day on Earth,” the show finally introduced Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan. The villain, who is set to elevate the stakes even higher, has been teased all season long and his reveal has been met with equal parts anticipation and dread. Despite the additional 30 minutes of the show, making it a 90-minute spectacle, it seems like it was not enough to show everything that has happened in the sequence. Just as the show has been getting into the part of finding out who among the remaining characters will be next to exit the show, it suddenly ended with a change of camera perspective leaving fans no way to find out who died.
“I honestly feel like that’s something fun for the fans to do during the break… I know people are angry over this, but that wasn’t our intent. The idea was that after 6 seasons of a show, we wanted to stay on your mind and give you something to talk about… For some of you, [however,] that effort backfired and you’re angry. And for that I’m sorry,” Kirkman continued.
The murdered character has been continuously teased before the season drew to a close including some cast members sharing their thoughts upon reading the script for the episode.
Despite the agony that fans would have to go through until “The Walking Dead” comes back on air this October, Kirkman promises that it will be all worth it starting with the premiere.
“I can promise you… that the season 7 premiere is going to be awesome,” he said. “It’s going to be a pretty awesome ride. And every minute of the season 6 finale was important and was setting up that you probably won’t see coming.”
If it is also any consolation, even some cast members and inside people in AMC admitted to not knowing who just got killed by Negan’s barbed wire wrapped baseball bat.