‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Promises ‘Epic’ Finale for Season 7

Ross Marquand, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos,Seth
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The Paley Center for Media’s 34th annual PaleyFest kicked off Friday at the Dolby Theatre with a session devoted to AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Exec producer Scott Gimple gave fans a glimpse of what to expect in the final installments of season seven.

“The season finale will be a conclusion that promises an epic story ahead. It’s about setting up season eight but also beyond,” said Gimple.

Josh McDermitt, who plays the fan-favorite Eugene, talked about his character’s decision to align himself with the ultra-villainous Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

“I don’t feel like he’s playing a game. I think he’s trying to protect himself,” McDermitt said. “Eugene is scared and a lot of it comes from Negan so he’s out looking for himself. And why not align yourself with the person who gives him the most fear? That’s how I see it.”

Robert Kirkman, creator of the “Walking Dead” graphic novel that inspired the series, shared his conflicted feelings about the Negan character..

“The most impressive thing is that he’s this horrible person doing horrible things to characters you love but he had this spark that’s engaging. He’s so likable. He’s personable,” Kirkman said.

Actor Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Green, added her contrarian thoughts about Negan.

“I was burning up inside when Robert was talking about how likable and charming Negan is,” she said.

The season finale of “The Walking Dead” is set for April 2 at 9 p.m.

(Pictured: “The Walking Dead’s” Ross Marquand, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam and Austin Amelio at PaleyFest.)

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  1. S says:

    Did I miss the epic finale? They need to end this show. And I will be happy when Eugene and Negan die.

  2. Marco says:

    So far the only entertaining episode has been 7.13, the entire rest was boring with bad computer-animations and logical holes.
    The comics are much better and don´t have filler.
    I´m watching about 10 shows right now and TWD and Iron Fist are at the only boring ones.
    Supernatural, Marvel´s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Legion, Enter the Badlands, the Simpsons etc. are all more entertaining.

  3. sike01 says:

    the seventh season of THE WALKING DEAD can be summed up by episode 5, GO GETTERS when ENID&CARL are ROLLER SKATING with WALKERS (jumping the shark)

  4. xvoorheesx says:

    “Fan-favorite Eugene”?! Whaaaaaaa? Eugene is the worst. Even an “epic” finale won’t save this from being the worst season yet.

  5. nick82e says:

    Are we at the point where I only need to watch the first and last episodes of each season of TWD ? Clean up the filler, cut each season from 16 eps to 12, and lose the half season break — before it’s too late……oh yeah — is this a show about zombies ? Where are they ? I could have sworn this is a show about 12 different communities fighting over resources in a future with a lot of broken down cars.

    • John says:

      Oh shut the hell up already…another one with an attention span of kid,just stop watching it if you don’t like it.

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