Oh really, Scott?
The Walking Dead lost a lot of fans on Sunday when they decided to close out the sixth season with a cliffhanger that they spent literally all year building up to.
By now, you've definitely heard that AMC let the 90-minute finale end without showing who died — Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl, Maggie, Glenn, Aaron, Rosita, Eugene, Abraham, and Sasha are the possible victims — but it sounds to us like they've heard the mass criticism being thrown their way!
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Producer Scott Gimple himself is now defending their decision to keep the death a secret… only he didn't do a great job of earning any sympathy from the audience.
In fact, Scott had a conference call with Variety on Monday to discuss Jeffrey Dean Morgan's controversial introduction, and ended up blaming fans for being mad, saying:
"We were definitely anticipating some [criticism]. I think if you have something in a story that can be criticized in some direction, it will be criticized. There is a vast audience. People in some ways now almost feel like it's their duty to let their opinions be known. That's great, that's part of the world now. If you do something and think ‘some people aren't going to like this,' you can set your watch towards people saying so. And usually not subtlely.
I suppose it's good that everything is met with skepticism nowadays. People are thinking critically and not just trusting things that are put before them. I'd love a little more trust. But I think it's a good thing for society that people aren't just trusting the things that are coming across their television set. It makes the challenge for us to win those angry people back with a great story that much more important and that much harder. But that's the business we're in. We're not trying to do the easy thing. When you're a parent, your kid might have a tantrum for a lot of different reasons and you still have to love them and try to do right by them. I do want to do right by this audience. I hope to win back or assuage some of the anger."
Ending the season on a cliffhanger and not committing to one character's death is the definition of "the easy thing" though…
Seriously — they now have six months to decide which of the 11 characters to kill off based on fan reactions. AKA: Sorry, Aaron.
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But that's not all Scott had to say about the episode:
"The reasoning behind this was in many ways what we saw last night was the end of the story of Season 7. Where Rick winds up is completely different from where he started in Episode 1 and where he started in Episode 9. I know obviously and I've known for awhile what is in for Season 7. Presenting what occurs, to show what happened in full force, is the beginning of the next story.
But to the showing of Lucille… It's an incredible work of gore by Charlie Adlard in the book. How do we show that on TV? I'm certain we'll be pushing some boundaries with it."
It's your job to depict the plot of the show, so that kind of sounds like a question you should have answered before you wrote Negan into the script!
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But wait — there's also this gem:
"I believe there is no way [to guess who died]. There are a couple of things in there that might help people, possibly limit the amount of people who are vulnerable. But I would rather people not go down that route because I truly don't think there is a way to puzzle it out definitively.
So not only did they not show us the victim, they also purposely shot the scene out of order so we can't even use clues to figure it out…
It's official: They don't know who they're killing yet.
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