The Walking Dead has officially signed off 2015 by Sunday’s most recent midseason finale “Start to Finish,” but if you’re anything like us, the first half of Season 6 produced some strong reactions. Now, showrunner Scott Gimple defends the show’s credibility after the big Glenn fakeout, as well as its introduction of Negan, and what to expect in the 2016 return.
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Well, the cat’s officially out of the bag now. After a month or so of intense fan speculation, The Walking Dead finally revealed the truth of Glenn’s fate on Sunday’s penultimate 2015 installment “Heads Up,” to the surprise, delight and derision of many. To wit, showrunner Scott Gimple and Steven Yeun himself dropped by Talking Dead via video feed, hoping to address the fervor surrounding one of Season 6’s most controversial twists.
Apart from The Walking Dead’s most recent (supposed) loss, fans of the AMC horror-drama couldn’t help raising a familiar flag at an apparent injury Rick suffered over the course of Sunday’s hour. We’ve seen plenty of characters losing one appendage or another, but could Rick’s hand have finally reached the chopping block?
Last night’s The Walking Dead seemingly put an end to one of the series’ most important characters, though like a certain Snow-y fella, enough ambiguity allows for some serious speculation. Knowing the immediate fan reaction, Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple released a statement promising we’d see said character again … somehow.
Any fan of The Walking Dead knows that AMC makes more than a few diversions from the comic source material, even if recent seasons have trended more toward the books than ever. To wit, evidence has overwhelmingly suggested we’ll meet the next comic big bad Negan before long, and showrunner Scott Gimple may finally have confirmed his arrival in Season 6.
The first three seasons of The Walking Dead developed an unfortunate trend of killing off male African-American characters just as a new one would emerge, an issue many were quick to reprise when Season 5 killed off three more leading men of color. Now, in advance of Season 6, Dead showrunner Scott Gimple addresses the “tricky” controversy, noting the actual actors have no bearing on their character’s fate.
The latter half of The Walking Dead’s most recent season followed its comic Alexandria arc nearly to the letter, but will Season 6 start diverging, or continue along Robert Kirkman’s work? A new interview with showrunner Scott Gimple previews that not only will Season 6 bring some heavily comic-adapted material, but also fill in backstory the books never addressed.
It’s always a toss-up who rules the realm of TV Comic-Con panels, between The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, though the shuffling zombies might outnumber White Walkers this year. Not only has AMC set panel plans for The Walking Dead Season 6, but so too will fans get a first look at Fear The Walking Dead with its own panel.
A few weeks ago, 'The Walking Dead' fans found themselves faced with the question of Daryl Dixon's sexuality, after vague quotes from series creator Robert Kirkman addressed potential for the crossbow-wielding warrior to be revealed as gay. We had a fairly hammy response to the idea, but now showrunner Scott Gimple has stepped up to deliver his own thoughts on Daryl's ambiguous sexuality, promising a separate gay character to come in season 5.
Apart from the dire straits AMC has continually found itself in with each new drama launch, 'The Walking Dead''s proposed 2015 spinoff hasn't offered much in the way of details since its original announcement. Naturally, fans of the main series are hungry for crossover potential between the two, but how does showrunner Scott Gimple see it happening down the line?