This year’s Mid-Season Premiere of The Walking Dead might rank as the most emotional one of the series. That’s because Carl will succumb to a walker bite and die. Although the show has traditionally killed off major characters in these mid-season episodes, it still leaves a major imprint on its creators. Walking Dead Executive Producer and visual effects mastermind Greg Nicotero told Entertainment Weekly, “I think it’s one of our most powerful episodes that we’ve ever produced. When I watched the first cut of this episode, tears were coming out of my eyes twenty minutes into it.”
Since fans have learned about Carl’s impending death they have taken to social media to voice their displeasure. Nicotero understands where they’re coming from, but assures them they will get closure. He told EW, “It’s a beautiful episode and the people that clearly are upset about losing Carl and questioning where the show goes without Carl — I really do believe that a lot of people will put those feelings aside when they watch this episode because they’re really going to get an opportunity to make some peace with it.” After a pause, Nicotero continues, “I mean, that’s what I think. I don’t know, I could be completely wrong.”
Even though major character deaths are common on The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero still treats each one respectfully. “You just really, really want to make sure that (the actors) have an opportunity to show people what their character was made of. Between Michael Rooker and Chad Coleman and Sonequa (Martin-Green) and the people that have brought so much to the show, it’s really making sure I honor them and give them that opportunity.”
Catch the rest of the interview over at Entertainment Weekly. The Walking Dead returns on AMC Sunday, February 25th at 9PM.