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Published On: Fri, May 27th, 2016

Creator Robert Kirkman doesn’t regret ‘Walking Dead’ season 6 cliffhanger

Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead comic book and serves as an executive producer of the TV adaptation, recently addressed the divisive season 6 cliffhanger in which the villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) bashed someone’s head in with a barbed-wire covered baseball bat… without revealing the identity of the victim.

“We weren’t trying to game the audience, we weren’t trying to drive you crazy, we certainly weren’t trying to FORCE you to come back for season 7,” wrote Kirkman in the letters section of the most recent issue of the comic. . “We hope you were planning on doing that and still plan on doing that.”

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He even went on to apologize to fans who were “angry” with the way things played out, but does not regret it now.

“We knew that there would be a reaction,” Kirkman tells EW of the decision. “We probably didn’t anticipate it would be so big, but cliffhangers are supposed to elicit a reaction. I mean, that’s what they’re designed to do. So, to a certain extent, it did its job. It maybe did its job a little too well, but I think people that have invested in six years of the show may not be happy about that cliffhanger, and I think that’s a completely valid response, and I completely respect their opinion.”

Fans should not get the idea that Kirkman is rethinking the decision.

“I’m not sorry that we did it,” he says. “I don’t regret that we did it, because [showrunner Scott M. Gimple] and I were trying to tell a story, and that’s what we and the entire creative team decided to do, But it is what it is. We’re working that much harder to come back for season 7 and make sure that the payoff is worth the dread of the uncertainty that we’ve given you over the months that we’re on break.”

Only around five more months of fan deliberation to endure.

Check out the full details at EW

Danai Gurira as Michonne; Michael Cudlitz as Sgt Abraham Ford; Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene; Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes; Josh McDermitt as Dr Eugene Porter - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Danai Gurira as Michonne; Michael Cudlitz as Sgt Abraham Ford; Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene; Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes; Josh McDermitt as Dr Eugene Porter – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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  1. Jeff420 says:

    Why is everyone still upset about the season finale? We all knew it was going to happen, we were told it was going to be the biggest cliffhanger of the whole series. So I pretty much knew it was going to happen, and the blow wasn’t as hard on me. But who cares anyway? They want people to talk about the show, which increases ratings, meaning they can give us more episodes, and a long lasting series.

    Just remember they did it so they can continue to make seasons for us!

    Here’s a great fan site I’ve been using to get some survival tips when an apocalypse happens: http://the-walking-dead-fans.com.

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