The Walking Dead promises to be “very different” when it returns in February 2017
The Walking Dead‘s showrunner Scott Gimple has promised a “very different” second half to the seventh season.
The first half of season seven may have opened and closed with a bang but the majority of episodes in between disappointed The Walking Dead fans this year. Many viewers felt let down by the slow-paced and undeveloped plot lines in this half-series, especially after the intense build up around who Negan killed and what his character may bring to the table before season seven began.
However, fans need not throw in the towel just yet as The Walking Dead boss has promised a “very different” feel to the back eight episodes that will be returning to screens in February 2017.
After the first half of the season failed to deliver in some people’s eyes, Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, attempted to appease unhappy fans when he assured viewers will feel the “exact opposite” upon the show’s return next year.
And now showrunner Scott Gimple has, too, promised a “very different” second half to the season.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Gimple said: “I will say the back eight’s vibe is very different from the first eight’s vibe.
“The ending is very different.
“It’s just a very, very different half season than the half season that preceded it.
He continued to explain how there will also be a change in format, after the location-based episodes in the first half of the season: “Even with structure, what we’re doing right now with the episodes and seeing where everyone is at, the structure is very, very different than the back half.
“There’s a lot more variety to the structure.”
Gimple insisted that the tone of the back eight would most closely match the end of the midseason finale, an episode which went down much better with fans this year. The midseason finale featured a turnaround for grief-stricken and downtrodden Rick, who finally decided that forces need to gather in order to take down the villainous Negan and The Saviours.
“I would say the end of first eight was very different than the beginning of the first eight.
“That’s the thing that kind of launches that different tone of the back eight.”
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 12 in the US and to Fox on February 13 in the UK.