‘The Walking Dead’ EP Gale Anne Hurd On Negan, Season 7, ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ & ‘Hunters’

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains sum of final night’s The Walking Dead Season 6 finale.

Unlike a past dual deteriorate finales of a AMC blockbuster The Walking Dead, a vital impression died final night on the Season 6 ender – though we won’t know who it is until a commencement of Season 7 in a fall. Building adult to that murder by ball bat, final night’s 90-minute “Last Day On Earth” partial featured a long-anticipated attainment of arch knave Negan, portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Of course, that materialisation in a Greg Nicotero -episode was a opening act for a genuine headliner. Sunday’s culmination saw a prisoner and on-their-knees Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), the harmed Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Glenn Rhee (Steve Yeun), a soon-to give birth Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and other core Survivors in a last seconds of what will literally be one character’s final day.

Gale Anne Hurd impetus 2016Getting prepared to jet off to Europe for a whirlwind press debate for Season 2 of spinoff Fear The Walking Dead, Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd chatted with Deadline about final night’s abdominal cliffhanger, who Negan killed, and a critique a uncover has teased a assembly too many this deteriorate and finally jumped a shark — or a walker, so to speak. Talking about since Morgan snagged a Negan purpose on TWD, she also overwhelmed on a ethos of Season 7, how Fear The Walking Dead has altered going into a second season, and a real-world comparisons between terrorism and her upcoming Syfy array formed on Whitley Strieber’s 2013 Alien Hunter novel, that debuts Apr 11.

DEADLINE: First question. Who did Negan kill in a shutting seconds of a culmination final night?
HURD: (Laughs) Well, he kills somebody, that’s for sure. That’s all we can say.

DEADLINE: So, this isn’t like a is-he, isn’t-he predestine of a Glenn Rhee impression from progressing in a deteriorate or a not-fatal sharpened of Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon from a finish of a penultimate episode. nA core impression unequivocally dies from being beaten to genocide by Negan’s bat?
HURD: More assuredly.

DEADLINE: The gibberish is that it’s Glenn, who was a one Negan killed in a comics, or Abraham, who died in a comics from a arrows to a conduct that killed Merritt Wever’s Dr. Denise Cloyd a integrate of episodes ago. How do we respond to such speculation?
HURD: We adore a comic book as many as a fans do, though during a same time, Robert Kirkman encourages us to plea expectations on TWD a show. Now, infrequently we do and infrequently we don’t. But if we were in a fans’ position, I’d be speculating right along with everybody else. It is severe not knowing.

DEADLINE: Will we learn for certain in a Season 7 opener who was killed?
HURD: Absolutely.

DEADLINE: So, Daryl’s apparently alive, for now, by his coming in a finale. But where was he shot final week, means there was a lot of blood…
HURD: It’s a strength wound, as Monty Python says, though in a opposite context on a show.

DEADLINE: OK though for specific context, with a finale’s cliffhanger, a opposite predestine of Glenn over several episodes this deteriorate that saw Steven Yeun’s name disappear from a credits, and was Norman Reedus’ Daryl killed or not killed in that final shot of Mar 27’s “East” episode, TWD is removing some physique blows for apropos too many hype and tease. What’s your greeting to that?
HURD: The engaging thing is that a comic book does this over and over again. Now, apparently TV is a opposite medium, though we do take out impulse from a comic.

Look, with a Glenn situation, we unequivocally many wanted a assembly to be in a same position as Maggie and everybody else was. Which is there is no approach to know. It’s not like he has a dungeon phone and can call someone and say, “You know what, I’m indeed OK.” That existence is partial of a star that we’ve created, not meaningful until we are reunited with someone. Yes, it can be impossibly severe to wait, to not know one approach or a other. But that’s within a manners of The Walking Dead universe.

Walkers - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMCDEADLINE: Within manners of a TWD universe, a integrate of years ago, we described Season 5, before it debuted, as being where things became more suburban. Last year, a line of Season 6 was about new threats, and progressing this year we described it as where a Survivors went out into a star more. So how would we report Season 7?
HURD: Season 7 positively is going to be all about a game-changer that Negan and what that means to a star of The Walking Dead and all of a characters in it. He’s positively a many challenging enemy that Rick has ever encountered, not usually in a comic books though now on a show. We positively got a ambience of that in a finale. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to Season 7.

DEADLINE: How distant along are we guys on it?
HURD: There is a writers’ room though no finished scripts yet.

twd s6 culmination negan enderDEADLINE: With Negan being such a large partial of The Walking Dead story once he was introduced in Issue #100 of a comic, since was Jeffrey Dean Morgan your choice to play a character?
HURD: we cruise he captures all we need in a Negan. He’s imposing, he’s physically formidable, though many importantly he’s a illusory actor. He can lift off a shade of a risk and hazard that Negan imposes though also a implausible glamour he has. And we need all of those mixture – and we indeed cruise he is one of a best actors operative currently in possibly TV or film.

DEADLINE: Once we select him, with Jeffrey being on Extant progressing this year and The Good Wife, was there ever a risk of a scheduling dispute that could have seen we not get him for TWD?
HURD: You always face that risk when we are negotiating a deal. But it worked out, and we feel unequivocally sanctified that it did.

DEADLINE: With Season 6 now over, what are your feelings in retrospect?
HURD: What’s many considerable to me is only how eager 6 years in everybody on a uncover is. From Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, everybody in a writers’ room, expel and crew, everybody gives it 110% and we only don’t find that on many shows, generally this distant in.

And afterwards a passion and unrestrained going into Season 7 is there only as it has been from Day One. It’s truly a phenomenon. Our expel and organisation is only a many conspicuous organisation of people operative in radio currently and that’s what creates a uncover so special.

DEADLINE: TWD is over for a deteriorate though you’ve got a Season 2 entrance of Fear The Walking Dead on Apr 12 and your new drama Hunters premiering on Syfy a subsequent day. Are these worlds that TWD fans can step into to get their repair until a uncover is behind in a fall?
Fear a Walking Dead Season 2HURD: With Fear The Walking Dead Season 2 we are still following a manners of a Kirkman-created universe, so we won’t violate those and there is no crossover. On a other hand, we are now out to sea on a uncover and we are going to confront a kind of threats that we positively wouldn’t confront if we were landlocked in Georgia or a larger Washington D.C. area.

Fear is still unequivocally loyal to a ethos of a mothership in that it is about who would we be, and what would we do in a zombie apocalypse? It also deals with a issues of blood vs. bond. Is it probable that we can rise a stronger bond with a foreigner that you’ve been thrown in with than with your possess family? Those are things that a new deteriorate of Fear with tackle

DEADLINE: Are we going to see a Fear characters out to sea all of Season 2?
HURD: we can’t go into that specifically, though we will contend it is not totally sea-bound.

the huntersDEADLINE: And Hunters?
HURD: Well, that unequivocally delves into a beast within. You know, on a show, we can’t unequivocally tell by looking during someone if they are a Hunter, if they are an visitor vigilant on a demise. Whereas in a Walking Dead universe, we can unequivocally fast collect adult who is a hiker and who isn’t. So it deals with a unequivocally opposite kind of fear and one that is unequivocally applicable to currently since it is an story about terrorism and about fear of a other.

DEADLINE: That’s a classical scholarship novella technique, though do we worry in today’s rarely charged atmosphere it will work?
HURD: Yes, when we cruise about scholarship fiction, it’s a approach to inspect what’s going on in a star today. If we demeanour during something that we competence not cruise scholarship novella like George Orwell’s 1984 or Animal Farm or a film we did that was blending into a TV series, Alien Nation – that examined immigration by a scholarship novella lens. So, we can put aside all of a preconceived notions and all of a inner disposition to demeanour during something in a opposite way. While, during a same time, being means to be totally entertaining. That’s a plea and we cruise Natalie Chaldez in formulating Hunters has unequivocally many succeeded.

DEADLINE: Last question, will we see TWD during Comic-Con this year?
HURD: As distant as we know, yes. It’s a annual event and everybody loves it.