AMC’s undead titan returns this Sunday for the second half of its sixth season, and we’re all counting down the days until The Walking Dead introduces the next big bad, Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Negan’s arrival will be teased during this week’s midseason premiere, but don’t expect him to show up until the season six finale, which will bring on a series of unfortunate events that will forever change the landscape of The Walking Dead. For those who aren’t aware, Negan is the biggest threat Rick and his company have ever faced in the comics, and with him he brings The Saviors, an imposing group that taxes other communities for “protection” against the undead.
For anyone who’s followed the comics, you know Negan’s presence means terrible things for some of the show’s main characters. And Entertainment Weekly‘s recent profile of The Walking Dead suggests things are going to get a lot worse. Speaking with two of the show’s core members, Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan, EW reveals just how devastating this season’s finale will be.
“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script. It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep,” Lincoln told them. “I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.” That doesn’t read well no matter how you look at it. It seems as if the season six finale will irrevocably change the show’s direction, and not everyone will live to see it happen.
“[Hearing] the word ‘finale’ gives me a physical reaction because it’s the hardest day on set that I’ve ever had in my life. I never even imagined that as an actor you could have that experience. It’s one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had,” Cohan added. “Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let’s put it that way.”
So there you have it, The Walking Dead will return this Sunday for eight more episodes, and by the end of this season, shit’s going to get very real. For now, check out EW‘s Walking Dead covers and send us your predictions on how things will play out in the coming episodes.
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