Greg Nicotero Reveals There’s A Short Scene In The Finale That’s Actually From Season 5


The Walking Dead’s Season 7 Finale

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Season 7 of The Walking Dead ended somewhere between heartache and hope for things to come. Sasha sacrificed herself, Michonne was nearly beaten to death, Carl was about to be killed by Negan, and Carol is locked and loaded once again.

Rick’s group drove out the Saviors but many had to sacrifice for this to happen. The man behind the camera in this finale was Greg Nicotero, who has been working on the series for the past few years.

Nicotero spokes with Entertainment Weekly about the finale.

Paying Tribute To Fallen Characters

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The director said they wanted to play homage to past episodes and fallen cast members. The most obvious example, of course, would be having Michael Cudlitz back on the show, and then showing Sasha and Maggie on the fallen tree.

“There’s even shots of Sasha and Maggie on the log when the sun’s coming up, which was after the hurricane when they were all trapped in the barn and they met [Aaron],” confirmed the director.

“I was so excited [the script] explained Sasha’s entire journey,” said Nicotero.

Negan Looks Scared Of Rick, Finally

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“The best part, of course, is that Negan actually looks scared for a second when Rick leans in and whispers into his ear, “You’re dead already,” said Nicotero. This may have actually been the best moment from the entire season.

Not only does it show Negan that Rick is actually the boss of this new world, but it does so at a moment where Rick thinks he’s lost Michonne and may lose Carl right in front of his eyes.

This seems like a tragic moment, assuming that Negan was about to kill Carl, but knowing that Rick is ready for anything, as long as he can try his best to protect the future, then it shows he’s finally in the right mindset for what needs to happen.

“Andy and I talked so much about that before we shot that particular sequence and seeing the façade drop away and seeing Negan with that look on his face for a split second that says, ‘Uh-oh, I may have met my match with this guy.’ And then it turns it back on,” said Nicotero.

What was your favorite moment in the Season 7 finale?

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