The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln Defends The Walking Dead’s Controversial Cliffhanger Finale

The Walking Dead’s season six finale left much to be desired, particularly when it comes to its cliffhanger ending, which upset many of the show’s fans. Some of the show’s creators have already gone on the defensive about their decision to withhold the identity of the character Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) kills at the very end, and now series star Andrew Lincoln has also come to the show’s defense.

Lincoln, who plays former sheriff Rick Grimes, told TheWrap that while he understands the criticisms the episode has been receiving, he also believes the finale accomplished exactly what it was supposed to.

“I’m sorry the fans are angry about it because I think it’s a very thrilling and shocking way to leave a season,” says Lincoln. “People have four or five months to recover from that. And conversely, from a writing standpoint, it’s daring what they’re doing. As a returning episode, to kill one of us to start the season? It’s not the usual way one would start off as a writer.”

“People are well within their rights to feel whatever they want,” he continued. “If they feel robbed, it’s a completely valid thing. But a guttural reaction, an upset, that’s the point of drama. I don’t go to a theater or movie and not feel things. I want to feel things.”

While Lincoln’s defense brings up some valid points, it’s unlikely to do much to dissuade fans who felt like the finale was a cop-out. That being said, Lincoln did make one point that many would find hard to dispute: Jeffrey Dean Morgan was incredible as Negan.

“It’s an amazing entrance. What he did was so brilliant. Obviously, I hated him during it. I sort of bore holes into his very heart for two nights [of filming].”

“But it’s an astonishing entrance by all accounts. He’s this phenomenally accomplished brilliant actor and he came and he brought it. He knocked it out of the park–which is a sloppy expression here given the events of the episode,” Lincoln said with a laugh.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC for its seventh season on October 9. It’s going to be a long wait.

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)