Now what? Fans are still digesting ("The Walking Dead" Season 6 finale, but showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Negan himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, teased some things ahead in Season 7 and beyond.


*Minor comic book spoilers referenced ahead*

For anyone worried that they'll drag this out even more, Gimple said the Season 7 premiere will pick up right from the end of Season 6, and we will see who Negan killed. However, he said in a conference call with reporters (via TVLine) that he didn't think you could study the final sequence and find clues on who Negan killed, so stop analyzing those shadows. "I believe there's no way," Gimple said. "There are a couple of things in there that might help people possibly limit the amount of people who are vulnerable, [but] I truly don't think there's a way to puzzle it out definitively."

Carl and Rick don't seem "vulnerable" to be victims, since Negan said if anyone in the lineup moved he'd take out Carl's other eye and make Rick eat it. Negan is known in the comic book for being against rape, but he does kill a woman at one point, and he almost killed Maggie in the Season 6 finale, so it may not be fair to eliminate the women as options. But fans seem to think it will be a guy, whether it's the same guy from the comic or not. And since Robert Kirkman said the character is "very beloved to everyone," that may narrow it down even further.

In terms of Negan's future as a character, Gimple told TVLine Season 7 will feature "stories from his perspective" but probably not a major origin story piece. "The guy you see is the guy he is. There won't be this [big] 'behind the mask' reveal."

Jeffrey Dean Morgan teased a lot of Negan ahead, even beyond Season 7. "You're going to see Negan do some stuff in the next year or two that's not going to be very nice." OK, but does that mean after two years he'll get a bit nicer or that will be the end of his role on the show?


In the comic book, there's another survivor community called The Kingdom, and it looked like those guys that Morgan met at the end of the Season 6 finale could be from The Kingdom. A fan asked TVLine about that, and Gimple hedged his response: "Those guys may or may not have been from The Kingdom. And we may or may not see The Kingdom. But if we do see the Kingdom, it'll be a big reveal and another new world to inhabit and explore."

However, he did say in his conference call that, in the first eight episodes of Season 7, "the world is going to open up even more. We're going to have a wide variety of locales and a wide variety of tone. I'm very excited for all the different stories that are going to be told, and there are going to be a lot of different stories told... There's probably going to be the biggest variety of stories we've had yet."

Sounds like the Kingdom, and maybe also The Saviors's base, The Sanctuary?

Corey Hawkins as Heath - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Remember Heath and Tara? They went out on their supply run mission, which was meant to be for two weeks, and we haven't heard from them yet. Tara doesn't even know that Denise is dead, never mind that someone else just got smashed. We're expecting to see Alanna Masterson's Tara again, but what about Corey Hawkins as Heath? He just landed a starring role in the "24" reboot, so does that mean he's out? Gimple said we "will absolutely see Heath again," adding, "We're hoping to have him in a certain episode [next season]." But just one, maybe?

"The Walking Dead" Season 7 hasn't officially started filming yet, but it will premiere at some point in October 2016.

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