These guys, Robert Kirkman and Greg Nicotero, have been taunting all of us with these comments for years. Most recently Robert Kirkman, executive producer for the show, in an interview with CNN, stated that:
"No, no one is safe, definitely not. Looking at you Norman Reedus."
The show's other executive producer Nicotero said in an interview with Empire magazine that:
"If you read the comic book, you know we're climbing towards a major death."
He then proceeded to describe the finale as "relentless" and "heartbreaking."
2. Even The Actors Hint At It
Andrew Lincoln, otherwise known as everyone's favorite leader Rick, said in an interview with EW that:
"I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script. It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it."
Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie on the show, said that:
"The word ‘finale’ gives me a physical reaction because it’s the hardest day on set that I’ve ever had in my life. I never even imagined that as an actor you could have that experience. It’s one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had. Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel OK again after the finale, let’s put it that way."