The Walking Dead team learned their lesson after the fan uproar over the season six finale: no more cliffhangers. “I think as a creative person I have to acknowledge that all responses are valid,” creator Robert Kirkman said, “so I definitely have to take note that there’s a seemingly significant portion of the audience that wasn’t happy with that direction, so in that respect I think everyone on The Walking Dead creative team has taken note of that, and I don’t know that I would expect a similar cliffhanger at the end of season seven.” But what about the season seven midseason finale?
That’s this Sunday, and the only thing we know about the episode is that Negan shaves his beard. Will Michonne invade the Saviors’ compound? How is Rick going to react when he sees Negan holding Judith? Why isn’t Spencer dead yet? Entertainment Weekly spoke to Josh McDermitt, who plays Eugene, about the finale, which he says will “certainly end the midseason with a bang.”
“The wolf is in the hen house,” says McDermitt… “I think the phrase is ‘fox in the hen house,’ but Negan is very much a wolf. I would not call him a fox. The way the last episode ended, with him holding baby Judith, is pretty disgusting, and we’re gonna pick up shortly after that and see what goes down. You know, Rick right now is not in Alexandria. He’s off on a supply run or something with Aaron, so we’re gonna see more of that and what happens there. And hopefully, he can make it back to Alexandria in time to see Negan basically becoming the adoptive father to baby Judith and Carl. And everything is going to do go down in Alexandria.” (Via)
They really like that wolf analogy, huh?
Anyway, let’s go back to something McDermitt said earlier, that the midseason finale will end “with a bang.” That’s a common enough expression, but it takes on extra meaning when you remember Eugene made a bullet for a vengeful Rosita. Her target: Negan. She obviously doesn’t kill him, considering Jeffrey Dean Morgan is signed on through at least season eight, but after her failed assassination attempt, he might re-introduce Lucille — who bashed Abraham’s head in — to her. There hasn’t been a major character death since the premiere, which is an eternity in The Walking Dead time.
My big “bang” theory: things aren’t looking good for Rosita.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)