With just four episodes left of The Walking Dead Season 7, fans are wondering if the season finale will mirror the Season 6 finale, where fans were introduced to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who killed off a mystery character that wasn't identified. We finally learned in the Season 7 premiere that this character was Abraham Ford, but then fans were in for quite the surprise when, after a failed attack by Daryl, Negan killed another member of Rick's group, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun). While we'll have to wait a few weeks to see who will become walker food, showrunner Scott M. Gimple gave fans some insight into the finale.
Season 7 has been quite the roller-coaster ride for Walking Dead fans, with Rick deciding to obey Negan's every command, for fear of losing anyone else. However, that all changed in the mid-season finale, when Rick finally decided to "rise up," and take the fight to Negan. The back half of this season has showed how Rick has tried to recruit The Kingdom, the Hilltop Colony and a new group who makes their home in a massive junkyard, to start a war with The Saviors. Scott M. Gimple spoke with TV Line, comparing the tone of the Season 6 finale to the Season 7 finale, which will run the gamut of emotions for fans.
"(The Season 6 finale was) this very claustrophobic descent into darkness, this season finale is more expansive, in tone and location and characters. Season 6's finale was the noose tightening and things getting darker and darker. This season's finale has darkness and light, real horrific moments, betrayal, and real moments of beauty, redemption, love and friendship. It's sort of the panoply of human and Walking Dead experience."
While the showrunner is quite vague on specifics, the upcoming season finale won't be nearly as dark as the Season 6 finale. Still, the showrunner did confirm that lives will be lost in this finale, but, naturally, he wouldn't divulge specifics about which characters are killed. With four episodes remaining until the finale, it's possible that some lives will be lost in those episodes, but it remains to be seen who will live to see Season 8.
"Well, there are losses. As the stakes get higher and higher, things start to get more intense and heartbreaking, and yet everyone has to sort of band together and keep going."
During ComicBook.com's live recap of last week's episode of The Walking Dead, executive producer and director Greg Nicotero also teased the finale, revealing that it's a "very different" finale than they've done in the past. While he wouldn't divulge into any specific details, he did state that this season finale, and the entire season at large, is all part of a much greater plan. Here's what he had to say.
"I think our momentum continues forward, and seeing where we are now, and these various groups of people, it really builds to a very different finale than we've done in the past. It was a blast to shoot, and we all went on pure adrenaline and pure instinct. And it was really, really a great experience. I mean this Episode 7 was a great experience, too, because I really felt like I had a great chance to allow Danai Gurira and Andy Lincoln a chance to play with their characters a little bit. And there were certain takes where we went really big and really over the top, and then we sort of dialed it in as we went. It's really important that our audience understands that, listen, sometimes you're watching something that might be uncomfortable, but there is a means to the end. The satisfying aspect of these episodes is because we built to it."
We learned from the preview and clip from next week's episode, Bury Me Here, that Carol has left her small home to come to The Kingdom, looking for Morgan. The brief clip didn't reveal what exactly she wants to talk to Morgan about, but it's possible that she found out that Daryl (Norman Reedus) lied to her about The Saviors making a deal with Rick, when Negan actually killed Glenn and Abraham. The preview also teased that King Ezekiel may have reached his wits end with The Saviors, showing a scene where him and his Kingdom warriors are seen drawing their guns at this group of Saviors. Hopefully we'll find out more about The Walking Dead season finale very soon.