SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Season 7 finale of "The Walking Dead."
"The Walking Dead" went out guns blazing last night during its season finale, capping off a controversial story arc that started out with the brutal deaths of fan favorites, Glenn and Abraham. Unfortunately -- but predictably -- not everyone made it out alive, and viewers said farewell to Sasha during the clash between Negan's Saviors and Rick's ragtag bunch of Alexandrians, Hilltop residents and citizens of the Kingdom. While it was certainly an intense and (literally) gut-wrenching season, showrunner Scott M. Gimple promises audiences ain't seen nothing yet.
“I say it’s going to be bigger, it’s going to be more intense. I say these things and I’ve meant them every year and I think we’ve actually accomplished that," Gimple told Chris Hardwick during AMC's "Talking Dead" following the finale (via Entertainment Weekly). "This year, same thing. More intense. The first 4 episodes will melt people’s minds and break their televisions.”
It's somewhat hard to imagine what will liquify the brains of viewers apart from an actual zombie outbreak. "The Walking Dead," particularly Season Seven, was unsparingly bleak, so it seems unlikely the show's villains could somehow become even more, well, villainous. That being said, Gimple isn't far off the mark when saying that each successive season has been increasingly extravagant in its depiction of human and rotting walker carnage, so only time will tell.
"The Walking Dead" is set to shamble back on air for its eighth season this October on AMC.