The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Says One Death Should be Enough

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With rumors running rampant that Negan will make multiple kills in The Walking Dead season premiere, Robert Kirkman says one death is plenty.

Fans are waiting with baited breath to find out who Negan killed in The Walking Dead season 6 finale. With only a few days to go until the Season 7 premiere, one rumor just won’t go away.

Many people have speculated that Negan won’t kill only one person, but two. In the comic book, it’s Glenn who meets his end. But The Walking Dead producers are known for switching up deaths. Having more than one person perish would certainly be a twist.

One is Not Always the Loneliest Number

Rick and Negan on The Walking Dead
Image Credit: AMC

Creator Robert Kirkman doesn’t flat-out deny the rumors. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, though, he makes it clear that one death will be horrifying enough:

“I don’t know that our audience is necessarily bloodthirsty enough to be wanting to hear that there’s another death. One death should be enough for this audience and one death will definitely have the affect that we’re looking for. It will certainly set the stage for a very exciting season. It’s going to be a rough, rough, rough episode emotionally. Knowing what’s coming and knowing what happens, it’s really hard for me to watch. We’ve gotten to know all these characters over so many years and to see not only the one that dies but how it affects all the other characters involved? You can feel their emotions because you know their relationships and what they’re experiencing. It’s a really gut-wrenching episode. I don’t think anyone will be hungry for more blood when the episode airs.”

Keeping Spoilers Under Wraps

Obviously, with a big death scene like this, there’s a big effort to keep things secret. There are a million ways that spoilers can leak. Kirkman talks about the new measures the show took this season:

“Not sending screeners out [to press] is a big one. There’s a lot of extra security measures on distribution and the international dubbing and those things to help prevent the kind of leaks that we’ve had in the past. There has been a lot of tactics used in filming that have been used on films — monitoring actor movement and trying to do things in secret. We’ve employed body doubles in places to make people think that people are in places that they’re not. It’s pretty exciting to try and hide certain things. This is a big season, so we’re not just protecting things that happen in the first episode; there are things that happen in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth episode and beyond. We’re trying to maintain that secrecy so when people watch the show, they can have that same experience they have in the comic where you don’t know what’s going to happen and it comes as an exciting surprise as the story moves forward. There is a lot of secrecy surrounding this season and when people watch the episodes, they’ll see why and hopefully appreciate it.”

It’s true. Fans can get so caught up in the anticipation that they think they want to know the secrets early. But all that really does is ruin the experience when the episode finally airs.

We’ll find out for sure who dies and/or how many people may meet their end when The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c on AMC.

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