'The Walking Dead': Danai Gurira Says Everyone's Response To Season 6 Cliffhanger Is Valid
Danai Gurira has weighed in on the fan reaction to the much talked-about season 6 finale of "The Walking Dead" during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal.
When asked if she was surprised by how upset some fans were that the identity of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) victim was not revealed at the end of the episode, Gurira said that everyone's response to the cliffhanger is "valid."
"The arc of the story as a whole is a huge story, and ... people are going to respond in various ways to various things, so I think everyone's response is valid," explained the 38-year-old actress who plays Michonne on the series.
While viewers have opposing views on the cliffhanger, pretty much everyone would probably agree that Negan's introduction was nothing but terrifying.
"It was horrifying because you know something imminent is about to happen and you're completely out of control," Gurira said. "And for these characters like Rick [Andrew Lincoln] and Michonne, to not be in control is just the most painful thing."
At one point during the interview, Gurira shared that filming the final scene of the season was intense.
"It was a two-day shoot. It was freezing cold," she said. "We were on our knees in the gravel and it was intense. And we're facing its horror, it really was horror."
Although Gurira finds Morgan a "great" and "wonderful" man, she admitted that she and her co-stars were "not looking forward to their experience with him on set."
At recent screening of the season 6 finale, showrunner Scott M. Gimple said that they didn't end the season with the cliffhanger to deliberately mess with the fans.
"We never intend to f--k with people," Gimple said (via Variety). "You all just saw the episode and I want to go on record and say we were not trying to f--k with you."
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"The Walking Dead" season 7 premieres in October on AMC.