"The Walking Dead" showrunner is so fond of a scene that didn't air in the Season 7 finale that, in his mind, it "absolutely did happen." We just didn't get to see it on screen. Scott M. Gimple told Entertainment Weekly the scene in question will almost definitely be in the deleted scenes for Season 7, when the AMC show arrives on Blu-ray/DVD.

Here's Gimple's breakdown of the Team Richonne scene that did not make the cut, and why it ended up being removed:

"There is a lovely scene with Rick and Carl with Michonne and I'm hoping I put it in the deleted scenes. I'm pretty sure I did. That sets up that moment a little bit between Rick and Negan. And I don't feel we needed to set it up. But it was a lovely scene that kind of did. It was strictly about time. This was already an hour and a half episode. This was sort of a long scene and it wasn't 100 percent necessary, but I really did like it and I believe it will be included as part of the deleted scenes.

That scene in my mind absolutely did happen in the show. You just didn't see it. And I think about that a lot. I think there are a lot of scenes that go on that we don't see. And I could have followed any one of those characters throughout the whole day. It's actually a very flummoxing sort of part of this. When you have an ensemble show and you want to have beginnings and middles and ends of each character's story, you could easily tell those. It's just a factor of time and also wanting to also keep things moving along and not overload the audience with information. Maybe in the future, we'll be doing ensemble shows where we do all 18 characters and take a deep dive. [Laughs]"

Oh, now he's worried about keeping things moving along?

Anyway, the Season 7 finale did give us a moment with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), after Shiva saved Rick and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), to show that Michonne was hurt, but not dead, as Rick feared.

From here, the more Richonne the better. Their little family -- plus Judith, who was wherever she was, and Baby Gleggie -- represent the future they are fighting for in All Out War.

"The Walking Dead" Season 8 should start filming in early May for its October premiere. If you're interested in that deleted scene, Anchor Bay usually releases TWD DVDs/Blu-rays in August.

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