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Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrives with a bang on The Walking Dead

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan certainly is spreading himself around.

The enigmatic actor, well-known for Supernatural and Grey’s Anatomy, has been recently appearing in The Good Wife.

Yesterday he surfaced in The Walking Dead as the long-awaited Negan who clubbed someone to death. But whom?

But not everyone was happy with the ending.

Social-media analytics company Canvs found that the final scene of the show’s season 6 finale drew overwhelmingly negative reactions from viewers on Twitter. According to the company, which analyses the emotional content of social-media messages, more than 70% of all reactions on Twitter during the closing moments of the episode expressed feelings such as “crazy,” “dislike,” “hate” and “upset.” “Love” accounted for only 15.2% of all reactions, “good” for only 6.4%.

Last season’s finale the majority of emotions were for words such as “love,” “excited,” “good” and “happy,” with “hate” accounting for only 10.4% of reactions.

Meanwhile Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) spoke to Variety about that scene.

Excellent work on the finale. What was it like filming that climactic sequence?

It was a pretty traumatic and intense and weird two nights. It’s an astonishing scene and I thought Jeffrey Dean Morgan was just magnificent and magnetic in it. But also it was the first time I had felt a sense of unity and focus and intensity from everybody. All around the camera and also from the entire cast — I hadn’t felt like that since Season 1. It was a really exciting atmosphere on set. I think everybody realized that we had to rise to challenge and create this suspense for the scene to work and the episode to work.

Was the final moment scripted as a subjective POV shot from the beginning?

Absolutely. It was scripted as a POV.

How did the cast react to the script? Did everyone come together and say, “What’s going on? Who is it going to be?”

There’s an unspoken feeling on set when we know somebody’s dying. We link arms, bow our heads and pull each other through it. I suppose that’s what they call omerta, the code of silence in the mafia. We have our own code of silence in “The Walking Dead.” It’s so intense and so traumatic to be losing a friend. It’s not just a professional relationship, it’s a personal relationship. So we all decide to not talk about it when this happens.

Even now do you or anyone in the cast know who will die?

Because it’s too painful and too intense, we made a pact on set that we won’t speak about it. I apologize but I can’t talk about it.

13 Responses

  1. It was a cynical, manipulative non-end to a season long story arc and the audience deserve a lot better than these constant cute tricks. All the momentum and tension has been stolen from that moment, the question has become ‘who died’ instead of the more important one of ‘what are the ramifications going to be of this death?’. For the first time ever, I’m not even sure I want to continue watching.

  2. I think this is the most excruciatingly tense piece of television I have ever viewed. The entire episode had a foreboding sense of dread and there was no relief.
    Perhaps the cliffhanger ending is what left most fans unhappy ?

  3. Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t Negan clearly say that he wont kill any of them, as they now work for him. He said he was going to punish or “teach them a lesson” but said there was no point killing one of them

    Did I miss something then since everyone else convinced he killed someone?

    1. The others said they would definitely kill one of them, as that was their usual practice many times. Negan said he may kill one of them, that he was going to beat the shit out of someone but wouldn’t necessarily kill one of them.

      Given that they killed one person and tried to get Gregory assassinated at Hilltop, a community with no weapons or fighters that could mount no resistance, why would they leave Rick who murdered 20+ of their soldiers in their sleep, and will be an obvious focus for a rebellion alive? And surely he would do that in a way that would allow him to get Alexandria to surrender without a fight rather than having to besiege it.

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