The speculation surrounding Negan’s victim has been endless and unrelenting since the emotional Season 6 Finale. Every fan has their own theory about who it could be, but what does Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick have to say about it? He’s close with most of the cast, producers, and executives…surely he knows SOMETHING. The International Business Times recently sat down with him to discuss Negan, spoilers, and fan encounters in this fascinating interview.
IBT: How did Talking Dead happen?
Hardwick: Talking Dead happened after the first season of Walking Dead… after the first six episodes. AMC wanted to experiment with the show for the fans. I was a fan and I knew some people in AMC and they let me do it. It’s been really great.
IBT: What was your reaction when you saw the season 6 finale scene featuring Negan?
Hardwick: I read the comics and I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan is incredible as Negan. I thought we would see whom he is going to kill but we didn’t. I wasn’t really upset by it but felt like its gripping. And that’s what happens on TV shows.
It was very important for them [TWD producers] to reveal that in the next season because that is the beginning of the next chapter of the show. So rather than grieving about the character they [fans] lost, you wonder about it and hope that your favourite character has died or not. And in fall, you hope to find out who it is.
IBT: Who do you think Negan’s victim could be?
Hardwick: I have no idea who it is. I have a few guesses but I don’t know who it was. I watch it [the latest episode] a few hours before our show [Talking Dead]. And I ask the producers ‘don’t ever tell me what’s coming up’. I can’t really be that presenter for fans, who knows more than fans know. There is no pressure from fans on me as you don’t have to worry about giving anything away.
In a video he posted right after the Season 6 finale, Hardwick said, “I can’t help but think it’s Glenn. I don’t know how it could be anyone else, but I don’t know. I don’t know.”
IBT: How do you avoid giving out spoilers?
Hardwick: It’s very easy for me to hold spoilers because when they are in production, I don’t really get to talk to the characters and producers that much. And I don’t really have the opportunity to get the plot spoiled for me and I don’t go looking for spoilers.
IBT: Do fans ask you about the suspense behind Negan’s victim?
Hardwick: They always want to know. Since the season 6 finale, people yell at me on the streets saying ‘who did Negan kill’ and I reply ‘I don’t know.’ It’s great though just to see that kind of reaction. We are all part of this community. We are all part of this shared experience.
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