Season 06 of Walking Dead was strong in many ways, but for fans, it also featured a number of fake-outs that made them scratch their heads. Then, for the finale, we got a cliffhanger of long-awaited villain Negan beating someone to death. But we don’t see who. This caused an uproar amongst fans who hate that they have to wait that long to find out who’s dead and who’s still alive.
In a statement, that you can read in full here, creator Robert Kirkman explains what he was trying to do:
“The speculation, the frustration, the possibilities, the theories… honestly, in my mind… that stuff is FUN,” Kirkman wrote in an open letter to fans in the latest issue of The Walking Dead comic. “I honestly feel like that’s something fun for the fans to do during the break.”
Last season’s finale will lead right into the new season, with a twist that fans “probably won’t see coming.”
Kirkman also noted he’s “sorry” the effort to “get people excited” backfired for some fans. “We weren’t trying to drive you crazy, and we certainly weren’t trying to FORCE you to come back for season 7,” he wrote. “We hope you were always planning on doing that and still plan on doing that.”
As honest as this is, fans will still be waiting a while before Walking Dead Season 07 arrives with answers.