After last night’s premiere of The Walking Dead’s seventh season, thousands of fans are now left dealing with a crippling emotional hangover. The anticipated episode had audiences glued to the television before they flinched at its intense, gory debut. Of course, the fandom is now reeling from the consequences of Negan’s brutality, and one of the actors from the show has since shared a heartbreaking selfie to commemorate the ordeal.
So, obviously, spoilers below!
Michael Cudlitz, who played Abraham Ford, shared a poignant picture of himself with Steven Yeun (Gleen Rhees) on Twitter. The photo shows both actors dressed in suits as they smile for a quick selfie. Cudlitz shared a short message with the post that reads, “Love this guy…”
Are you crying yet? There, there.
Naturally, the photo is being shared far and wide after last night’s deadly season premiere. Viewers watched as Negan mercilessly bludgeoned Abraham to death with his barb-wire bat. The crazed survivor then taunted Rick’s group about the murderous affair, and Daryl retaliated by sucker-punching Negan while the man was gloating. However, rather than killing the grungy hunter, Negan decided to enforce his rule by killing another member of Rick’s posse: Glenn. The death was sudden, swift, and oh-so sad.
After last night’s premiere, AMC aired its Talking Dead special which saw both actors memorialize their beloved roles. Yeun said he felt a certain amount of excitement going into the seventh season but that is was a bittersweet joy.
He said, “Personally for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert wrote in such a messed up but at the same time incredible way to take something away — to make a story as impactful as it is," Yeun said. "When you read that comic, you don't want that moment to go to anyone else."
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Executive producer Greg Nicotero has also spoken out about last night’s episode to address fans who were outraged by the deaths. After the premiere ended, many fans panned the episode’s gratuitous violence and so-called senseless torture.
Nicotero said, “It’s a knee jerk reaction that people have because they care about these characters. If we killed someone and they didn’t care and they're like 'Okay no big deal I’m just gonna go have a bagel and not worry about it', than that means we haven't done something to connect our people to the characters. It’s unfortunate that people want to take a negative spin on it because as far as I’m concerned I’m dedicated to watching a show to see where it goes next."
Love this guy ..... pic.twitter.com/aX0jyqDQBF— Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz) October 24, 2016
With the loss of Abraham and Glenn, it’s clear that The Walking Dead will be undergoing changes this season as Rick’s group copes with the deaths. If you want to read up on our speculation of how the show will change in light of the seventh season’s premiere, you can check them out here. You can also check out our review of the episode while you're at it.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.