NYCC16: AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel Reveals Sneak Peek S7 Trailer, Cast Members Share, and What’s Up w/ Lauren Cohan?

Will October 23rd just get here all ready?! Last night at New York Comic Con, AMC held a panel for The Walking Dead, arguably the most-anticipated panel for this weekend’s event, and brought on a majority of the cast members (Andrew Lincoln was not in attendance). Moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, fans of the show hoping for an answer as to who suffered Lucille’s fate must hold out for the October 23rd season opener. But we did get to hear some great things from cast members and got an epic look into the first episode of season seven, courtesy of the network.

Here’s what we learned last night at Madison Square Garden:

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan considered Negan much worse than another powerful threat, The Governor. So if this new antagonist to the series, known for, as Morgan describes, “a Barnum and Bailey style of justice,” how could he have such devout followers? “It’s not just the charisma,” Morgan added. “A lot of people follow him out of fear of getting an iron to the face or worse. But he’s also kept a lot of people alive for a long time.”
  • Scott Gimple, showrunner for the series, promised the audience in attendance that viewers WILL learn who suffered their brutal demise at the hands of Negan
  • Norman Reedus revealed what he went through emotionally in the filming of the season six finale and season seven’s premiere, “It’s a weird feeling to be that powerless… It doesn’t look like we’re going to get over that wall. I hated doing all that. It was miserable. It sucked, it really did.
  • The new season will open up the environment and we’ll get a sense of a larger world where we’ll see a whole lot more of the TWD universe, including the introduction to King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his loyal tiger Shiva.
  • We’ve yet to see Tara (Alanna Masterson) learn the brutal fate of Denise (Merritt Wever).
  • Lauren Cohan (Maggie) was the one cast member on stage who generated the most buzz, intentionally or not. Upon being asked to talk about how her character would have handled the events leading up to now differently if she’d been healthy, Cohan began kinda wandered off, talking about how blessed the entire experience has been for her. This evoked tears from the actress and left the crowd wondering if it revealed the end of her run on the show. But it could also likely have been a ruse to throw off those in attendance.

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Don’t miss the Season 7 Premiere of The Walking Dead, Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c on AMC.

And in case you missed it (not likely), here was the prior trailer for season seven where we first got a look at King Ezekiel.

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