Sometimes, it's hard to be a "Walking Dead" fan.
The hit AMC zombie drama is known for continually and brutally killing off characters both despised and beloved. Barring main character Rick, pretty much no one is safe on this series, so it's perhaps not terribly shocking that showrunner Scott M. Gimple hints at more death to come in the Season 7 finale.
“Well, there are losses,” Gimple told TV Line. “As the stakes get higher and higher… things start to get more intense and heartbreaking, and yet everyone has to sort of band together and keep going.”
Gimple did at least indicate a less dour mood for the finale, a sharp contrast to Season 6's final episode which ended in a particularly disturbing game of Eeny Meeny Miny Moe. "[Season 6 was] this very claustrophobic descent into darkness. This season finale is more expansive — in tone and location and characters.
“[Season 6’s finale] was the noose tightening and things getting darker and darker,” Gimple continued. “This season’s finale has darkness and light, real horrific moments, betrayal, and real moments of beauty, redemption, love and friendship. It’s sort of the panoply of human and 'Walking Dead' experience.”
"Real moments of beauty" along with the "real horrific moments" is pretty much the most a "Walking Dead" viewer can hope for at this point, so take heart if (or is that when?) your favorite character is graphically murdered in the season finale.
Starring Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peleteir, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Green, Danai Gurira as Michonne and many, many more, the Season 7 finale of "The Walking Dead" airs April 2 on AMC.