Fans of "The Walking Dead" have been agonizing for months about who will fall victim to Negan and his baseball bat Lucille in the Season Seven premiere. However, Executive Producer Greg Nicotero cautions that anxiously awaited scene is only the beginning.
"There's so much more that happens in that episode that is more heartbreaking than [the execution] moment, that by the time the episode's over it's almost too much," he told Kevin Smith during Sunday's season finale of "Geeking Out." "It's that intense. … It just keeps getting worse. It goes lower and lower and lower and lower."
Nicotero, who directed premiere, also voiced his suspicion that fans may not be pleased with what's coming. "You're gonna be mad. [This is] the hardest episode I've ever directed," he said, adding, "[This is] the first time we see Rick Grimes scared."
He elaborated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying, "It was by far the most emotional episode that I’ve ever shot. Where we left these characters at the end of Season Six is, they’ve been broken. Their world has literally become smaller and smaller and trapped them, and now they’re in a situation that they’ve never been in before where the cavalry is not coming over the hill. Carol is not going to show up and blow up the propane tank outside of Terminus. These things aren’t going to happen, and it’s just devastating."
"The Walking Dead" returns Sunday, Oct. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. The Season Seven premiere will be followed by a 90-minute edition of the companion show "The Talking Dead" featuring all of the actors involved the Negan's murderous line-up scene.