I love this little [Carol and Daryl] reunion. […] When you get to write this little tiny bits for characters who have been around a long time and have a history, so much can be communicated in very little. I feel like we have that with Carol and Daryl, and with Glenn and Maggie, and we can have this really full moments with almost nothing said between them.
Angela Kang, writer of “The Same Boat” in TWD S6 commentary
The Walking Dead: Jeffrey Dean Morgan had no idea the season was ending in a cliffhanger
DALTON ROSS:When you shot the season 6 finale, did they tell you whom you were killing?
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN:No, they did not tell me. I don’t know that anybody knew on that particular evening, and if they did, no one has copped to me. But I certainly didn’t know. I’ve seen interviews where Norman has said, “I know,” but I honestly don’t know that anybody really knew what was going to happen. I didn’t find out whom we were going to kill until I saw the first script coming back this year.
JDM:Yeah. And it’s heavy, man. It’s a heavy deal. It was heavy when we shot it last year and it’s only gotten more intense this year, I think. What you’re asking of these actors to put it on the line like they do, and then this scene in particular, especially if they had the summer to dwell on it, it’s a lot. Then I go blowing in like a hurricane, just dance around on my tiptoes swinging Lucille around—it was 10 days of hell, I believe, for everyone involved. That ending — or this beginning, I should say — is jarring. It’s a reset on The Walking Dead world and it’s f—ing Negan’s world now, you know? It’s a lot.
DR:Did it surprise you, the reaction to the cliffhanger? A lot of people were very upset.
JDM:I think by the time October rolls around all those people who are like, “I’m never watching Walking Dead again. I feel cheated,” they’re going to be the first ones lined up in front of their television. And I’ll say this, you have to be careful what you wish for, audience, because you’re going to get those answers answered and more, and you’re probably not going to be happy with it.
“There is nothing wrong with Bethyl. Beth is
eighteen years old. If she’s old enough in the eyes of the established
law, you have no business calling it “wrong.” You don’t have to like the
ship, but calling it pedophilia or wrong is a really pathetic reach.”