It may sound obvious that "The Walking Dead" Season 7 finale will have an ending -- of course it will, they aren't supersizing episodes to be several-months-long at this point -- but what showrunner Scott M. Gimple is really saying is, "There won't be another cliffhanger like last year, so put the torches and pitchforks away."

The Season 6 cliffhanger was not popular, to put it mildly, and was blasted by many fans as a gimmick to stretch out an iconic comic book scene. The producers recently made a point to say they don't change anything based on fan reaction, but they do like to mix things up instead of sticking with the same predictable formula. So it makes sense that this year's finale will find a way to get fans revved up for Season 8 without ending the show mid-scene.

Here's what Gimple told Entertainment Weekly about the Season 7 Episode 16 finale, which will air Sunday, April 2:

"I just think it's everything. It is everything and the kitchen sink. It is exciting and it's very emotional and I believe it's funny in a couple parts, and it builds and builds and builds and it explodes. And though it promises more — because there is a whole lot to get to — there is an ending. It really is just a huge episode inasmuch as it has all of the flavors of this season. It is taking your cup and going down each soda jet and taking a little from each one and then throwing in some hot sauce, a little bit of lime, and then maybe a tiny bit of tequila, as well."

We've been hearing a lot of great things about this season finale, which may sound familiar since they always hype premieres and finales. But last year we were warned that the Season 6 finale, and the Season 7 premiere, would be very dark and intense, and that was true. The Season 7 finale is meant to be lighter, although Gimple did say there would still be "losses."

"The Walking Dead" Season 7 will air Episode 14, "The Other Side," this Sunday, March 19 at 9 p.m. on AMC. Head over here for spoilers on that episode.

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The Walking Dead
AMCTVMAOctober 31, 2010
Based on 11 critics

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