In a move that might be related to all those Walking Dead fans waving pitchforks and burning torches outside The Walking Dead offices, Executive Producer and Director Greg Nicotero just spilled the beans that might calm some of those angry Internet villagers. What could Nicotero possibly say that might reduce all that Fan based The Walking Dead Finale anger? It has everything to do with the Negan intro scene and Jeffery Dean Morgan letting the “F” bombs fly.
Yes that’s right, there were two versions of Negan’s speech shot during production. The one we all saw last Sunday, and another profanity laced tirade just like the comic. Fans have wondered and worried how The Walking Dead television show might handle Negan, every other word out of his mouth in the comics is profanity after all. It took four seasons for Rick to say the “F” word.
While talking with Entertainment Weekly, Nicotero said this about that important scene:
We had to shoot two versions — we had to shoot the Blu-ray version, which had a lot of the swearing and a lot of Negan’s colorful language, and then we had to shoot the broadcast version. So when you get the DVD or the Blu-ray version, that will have the full Negan speech from the graphic novel.
I know Jeffrey and I both kind of preferred that version, it just felt better to be able to say swear words.
Now this isn’t going to make up for that cliff hanger the show left all the fans clamoring about in a bad way, but perhaps Showrunner Scott Gimple can explain the reasoning behind that scene and why the show decided not to show who met barbed wired Lucille.
The reasoning behind this was… In many ways what we saw last night was the end of the story of [episode] 16. Where Rick winds up is completely different from where he started in 1 and where he started in 9. I know obviously what it is in 701. And presenting what occurs, to show what happened in full-force, is the beginning of the next story.
Nicotero also had a few words about the finale ending:
I remember sitting in the theater watching Empire Strikes Back and having Darth Vader say “I am your father” and I was shocked and amazed, and I don’t remember being angry. I don’t remember saying, “Oh, I give up on Star Wars because that’s lame.” It’s an exciting time to be a fan of The Walking Dead. Yeah, it’s agonizing to have to wait, but this was the end of our story, and we have an entirely new story coming up.
Next season is really Negan’s story and how our group has to deal with who he is and what his way of life is, so I think it’s the perfect ending to this season: watching everyone on their knees, stripped down to the barest vulnerability, and knowing that the cavalry’s not coming over the hill. Our group has never been in this situation before, so I think it’s the perfect opportunity. We had early conversations about, would we show who it was at the end of the season? Yeah, you always have discussions of what’s the best story. I was very passionate about ending this season on a cliffhanger and not knowing, because I feel like it propels us into next season in a great way. So people can be upset. A week from now, they won’t be upset anymore, and it’ll be fun.
Yeah, that’s not going to hold up with most fans, but what’s done is done. We’ve got a few months to fume and rant, but when the show returns, we’ll all be checking it out. All those people petitioning to see the death scene now, and all those saying they will boycott the rest of the season all really just fooling themselves in the moment. The Walking Dead will get through this Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice moment, just like the Warner Bros. films that follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will get through the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice moment when the box office tanked while still bringing in over 700 million. Seriously, when did a movie making three times its budget become a failure?
If you thought fans were mad, you should see how Hitler reacted… that man needs to relax, but that must be hard, being in hell with all those pineapples getting shoved up his bum.