There's a major television moment coming up at the end of this week, with the reveal of Negan's victim in The Walking Dead revealed after fans were forced to wait for months following a controversial season 6 finale cliffhanger.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes / Credit: AMC

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes / Credit: AMC

We now know that it won't be Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) on the receiving end of Lucille - at least immediately - so producer Greg Nicotero has opened up about what we should expect from the character moving forward.

Speaking to, Nicotero explained why Rick believes he's partially responsible for the major death in the season 7 premiere.

He said: "That decision was made last year before we ever even got into the finale. That story, that was all sort of broken within the writer's room. If you look back at the history of our show, the death of every single character has provided us with an opportunity to change the direction of the show. Even as far back as Shane and Lori and Hershel and Tyreese and Beth. The show is inherently different after each one of those people was killed.

"In this instance, the introduction of Negan and the death of this person, it really does provide us with a pretty substantial course change because that's really what the season was leading up to last year.

"Listen, Rick Grimes thinks he's got a handle on things. He thinks he knows what's in store for him out there. He thinks he knows that he can take on anybody that comes in his way. The truth of the matter is he can't and he doesn't. The fact that Rick was overly confident because he underestimated the world and the people out there, they pay for it.

"It's a really unique opportunity to change the direction of the show because our world just got bigger and that's something that we talked a lot about last season. How excited we were to be able to open up the world into the Hilltop and the Sanctuary and the Kingdom and get a much larger view of what the universe of The Wlking Dead consists of."

The Walking Dead season 7 premieres Sunday, October 23 at 9am on AMC in the US, following in the UK on FOX on Monday, October 24.

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