As we inch ever closer towards the news Fall season of TV, fans are eagerly anticipating the return of their favorite TV shows.  Fans of the undead, shambling zombies have to wait a bit longer for their favorite monsters to return, as AMC’s hit show ‘The Walking Dead‘ won’t be airing new episodes until late October – granted, you can already see zombies from the show’s universe on-screen in new episodes of sister show ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ which returned to airing new episodes on AMC this past weekend.

For ‘The Walking Dead’ hard-core fans, this summer has been a particularly agonizing wait, as the show left us with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers – newly-met uber-bad-guy Negan bashed one of the main characters’ heads in with his barbed-wire-ringed baseball bat, Lucille, but AMC did us the disservice of not showing who the victim was.  While show producer/director/FX guru extraordinaire Greg Nicotero has already stated that the bashee was not Andrew Lincoln’s character Rick Grimes – and this was confirmed by ‘The Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman as well – the rest of the group is fair game at this point.

Nicotero took some time to chat with Deadline recently about what fans can expect to see as the seventh season of the show comes back to the airwaves.  While he didn’t obviously answer the burning question on everyone’s minds, what he did have to say certainly should strike a chord with fans who are eagerly awaiting the show’s return.  Check it out:

“I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better for our group, and it’s pretty intense. I mean, the show, we’re sort of opening a new chapter. I mean, it’s really, Rick is now, if you really think about his journey in the comic books, he shares the spotlight with Negan in the comic book. Negan now has some ownership over what the show is about. It’s the anticipation and the excitement of new worlds that we’re going to, like the Hilltop, like the Kingdom, like the Sanctuary where Negan lives. Everybody’s putting so much of their heart and soul into it. You know, after directing the premiere episode, I was f***ed up for two weeks, you know? I really felt like I dragged a lot of my dearest friends into these really deep, dark places shooting that episode, and it’s been definitely an experience unlike anything that I’ve ever handled before.”

The new season of ‘The Walking Dead’ debuts on AMC on October 23, 2016.

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