Although "The Walking Dead's" Season 6 cliffhanger was divisive, leaving fans wondering which character died at the hands of Negan (and Lucille), Executive Producer Greg Nicotero insists it was necessary in order to close one chapter of the story and begin a new one.
"The main thing about Season 7 is establishing that the world isn't what everybody thinks it is, the world out there," he told IGN. "At the end of Season 6, Rick was so confident. 'We're just going to knock out that outpost, we're going to fuck these guys up before they fuck us up,' and it ends with him going, 'Heh, oh well, I had no idea. What I perceived as the world is not even close to what the reality of the world is,' and Negan's there to show him that."
"Season 7 of 'The Walking Dead,' there's all new worlds that we're going to meet," Nicotero added, "so it wouldn't have made sense to end a chapter and then start it halfway through the next chapter. You want to end in one place and pick it up."
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC this October.