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‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner promises to be an epic finale for season 7

‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner promises to be an epic finale for season 7

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The Paley Center for Media’s 34th annual PaleyFest kicked off Friday at the Dolby Theatre with a session dedicated to the AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Exec producer Scott Gimple gave fans a glimpse of what to expect in the final episodes of season seven.

“The season finale will be a conclusion that promises an epic story forward. It is about the setting of season eight, but also beyond,” said Gimple.

Josh McDermitt, who plays the fan-favorite Eugene, spoke about the nature of the decision to align itself with the ultra-villainous Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

“I don’t feel that he playing a game. I think he is trying to protect themselves,” McDermitt said. “Eugene is scared and a lot comes from Negan, so he is looking for himself. And why not connect yourself with the person who gives him the most anxiety? That is how I see it.”

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Robert Kirkman, the creator of the “Walking Dead” graphic novel that inspired the series, shared his conflicting feelings about the Negan character..

“The most impressive thing is that he’s this terrible person doing terrible things with the characters that you love, but he had a spark that is engaging. He is so nice. He is handsome,” Kirkman said.

Actor Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Green, added her contrarian thoughts about Negan.

“I was burning from the inside as Robert was talking about how sympathetic and charming Negan,” she said.

The season finale of “The Walking Dead” is set for April 2 at 9 pm

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