'The Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus On How Season 7 Premiere Death Will Affect Rick's Group

Norman Reedus
(Photo : Gene Page/AMC) "The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus teased that loyalties will be broken following the revelation of Negan's latest victim in the show's upcoming season 7 premiere.

"The Walking Dead" season 7 premiere will reveal the identity of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) latest victim, and this death will shake up the dynamics between the characters within the show's core group.

"It affects the group completely differently," series star Norman Reedus told Entertainment Weekly of how Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his gang will deal with their most recent loss. "You know, everyone, it affects them differently. Some relinquish power. Some accept it. Some fight it. There are people questioning it. There are people pointing their fingers. There are people blaming themselves. Other things happen that completely destroy people."

"The group is completely broken apart at this point," added the 47-year-old actor who plays Daryl on the hit AMC series. "Negan has come in and completely shaken up everything. Loyalties are broken, belief in one another, belief in ourselves. Each individual is completely broken, and they don't all handle it the exact same way."

In his interview, Reedus also revealed what it's like to be back on set to film the continuation of last season's controversial cliffhanger.

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"It was exhausting, and it was no fun," the "Boondocks Saints" actor said." You know, we always come back to this show every season, and we're like, 'Yeah, let's get back into it!' You know, all the actors are excited to be here and see each other and get back into where they were. But this was one of those where it's like, 'Oh, f-. Here we go.' It was definitely not a joyous reunion. I mean, it was nice to see everybody again, of course, but it wasn't the same as in previous years."

Greg Nicotero, who directed the premiere, had the same experience. "Shooting that first episode, the season 7 premiere, was without a doubt the most emotionally grueling and draining nine days," Nicotero told Yahoo TV. "There was nothing fun about it. It was rough, really rough."

"The season premiere really redefines grief," added Nicotero, who also serves as executive producer and special effects makeup artist on the zombie drama. "It redefines pain, and emotion, and if you think watching the finale that you are already at rock bottom with these people, you've got a lot further to go."

"The Walking Dead" season 7 will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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