"The Walking Dead" season 7 premiere director spoke to reporters about the gruesome death of Steven Yeun and Michael Cudlitz.
On October 24, 2016, Nictoero spoke to reporters about the gruesome death of Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee) and Michael Cudlitz (Abraham Ford). .
“That means we have done something to affect these people in a way that they don’t necessarily know how to process. I’m a big ‘Game of Thrones’ fan. I’ve been shocked at the turn of events on that show, but I still love it. I’m still committed to seeing where that story goes. I think it’s a knee-jerk reaction people have, because they care about these characters! If we killed someone and they didn’t care, then that means we haven’t done something to connect people to the characters.
“It’s unfortunate that people want to take a negative spin on it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m dedicated to watching a show because I want to see where the story goes next. Glenn is not dead. Abraham is not dead. Their spirit lives on. You have Maggie pregnant with his baby, and you have Sasha and Rosita carrying the memory of Abraham. There’s more story to tell with the result of what happened with those people.”
“Part of the whole show is we really needed to drive Rick and Negan’s story throughout the season. We felt that the one death would do the trick, but, the second death — Glenn’s death — really propels us into a very different direction.
It’s really about Negan laying down the law and saying, ‘Listen guys, the bottom line is, if you listen to me, you’ll be fine. But if you step out of line, that’s not going to fly.’ Glenn’s death has a lot to do with Rick’s future story, Maggie’s future story and Daryl’s future story."
“The haunting remnants of that episode was how I felt when I read the comic book and experienced that sense of loss. Rick Grimes is unable to stop this. That’s something we’ve never seen in the show. I think the violence and the brutality are a part of it, but seeing our hero completely crushed in front of us is more disturbing than the actual violence.”
The Parents Television Council have expressed their disappointment at the televised gruesome death of Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee) and Michael Cudlitz (Abraham Ford) on "The Walking Dead" season 7 premiere which aired on Sunday, October 23, 2016.