The cast of The Walking Dead has been very vocal about how upsetting the season 6 finale (airing this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC). And they should be. In an industry where we use hype to promote shows and films, I’m used to hearing things are going to be big! But, this debut for a character takes on a life of its own.
“I saw a little rough cut of it,” Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl admits. “And it’s the most hardcore episode we’ve ever shot. I couldn’t speak after I watched it. And, of course, I knew what was happening, and what was going to happen, and who was involved, but I got to tell you, I couldn’t speak for like an hour. And then I just was bombarded with phone calls on my drive home. But that was a rough, rough, rough cut. I will say that it might be the best episode we’ve ever shot of the show.”
“Hardcore” is also a good way to describe Negan, the super-villain from the comic book who will be making his long-awaited arrival. While Negan (and his barbed wire covered baseball bat Lucille) spells bad news for the characters on the show, those who do manage to survive are exited to work with the man playing him, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
“I’ve known Jeffrey for a long, long time,” says Reedus. “He’s a friend of mine, and I really respect him as an actor. And as a dude, he’s just the best. It’s weird to have such a nice guy playing such an a–hole, you know what I mean? But that’s just the testament to how good he is. So I’m excited to see where he goes and what happens to that guy.”
Can anyone stop Negan? I highly doubt it. It’s an episode so big, so devastating, you will all be left in silence, much like Norman was.