Rick’s smile at the end of the last episode of The Walking Dead Season 7 was odd, given the situation. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple revealed some spoilers behind that smile and how it has something to do with the upcoming episode.
The hit AMC series returned to the screens last Sunday for its second half. As this year’s first episode, TWD showed a welcome contrast to Season 7A as the group is finally united. The events also quickly moved towards the planned anarchy of Rick’s group against Negan and the Saviors.
Rick’s Bizarre Smile
The group’s search for a greater number by an alliance between communities was not successful after Gregory and King Ezekiel was not onboard for it; for now, at least. Another news rocked them as Father Gabriel was nowhere to be seen along with the supplies he apparently had stolen.
As they searched for where he might possibly be after Rick found a hastily-written word in the priest’s bible, they found themselves in a boathouse where they are quickly surrounded by a fully-armed faction. Despite the situation, Rick was seen bizarrely smiling in the ending of The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 9.
Thankfully, Rick is not just going mad. Instead, showrunner Scott M. Gimple shares to Hollywood Reporter that the Alexandrian leader’s smile “has a lot to do with the next episode.”
Scott also adds not everyone is a threat. Sometimes they are “an answer” too and Rick must have known that he has finally found his army. There is no need for more speculations, though, since Scott promises the next episode will quickly delve into that smile.
Moreover, the upcoming episode will have some “tough stuff” with “fun” attempts of humor in the situation where our protagonists got their selves into. Ultimately, a “whole new world” will be discovered in the next episode’s “cool turn of the story,” says Scott.
Unplanned Clotheslining of Zombies
Meanwhile, the annihilation of Rick and Michonne to the horde of Walkers in Episode 9 is one of the episode’s most striking moments. By using a cable attached to two cars, the pair was able to kill 300 zombies earning the episode the title for having the highest number of kills.
What is fascinating about that sequence is that it was actually not part of the script. Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead’s executive producer, reveals what actually would have happened is that the zombies simply got close with the group while they are collecting the dynamites.
They would have had enough time to escape when Rosita threw a couple of sticks to the throng of Walkers. However, Nicotero had an opportunity when he saw the cable could make way for a “big bang” scene for the show to return on TV with a “splash” even though it was not in the script.
He then pitched the idea of hot wiring the cars to Scott which gave Rick and Michonne an opportunity to “do something together.” In a way, the compatibility of the two was somehow delightfully given a short spotlight in The Walking Dead Season 7 amid the chaos.