Andrew Lincoln defends ‘The Walking Dead’ after fans are left angry by season finale

S6 of US show ended in controversial style this week

Spoiler alert: This news story contains spoilers for the Season 6 Finale of The Walking Dead.

Andrew Lincoln has moved to calm fans who were angered by the cliffhanger ending to S6 of The Walking Dead.

The latest season of the hit US show ended on Sunday (April 3) with fans expecting a major character to be killed off by new villain Negan. However, the identity of the character who was killed was not revealed in the episode and fans will have to wait until the next season to find out the truth.

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With the poor reviews in and negative reaction on social media, Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show, spoke to The Wrap about the finale and defended both the episode and the plot twist.

“I’m sorry the fans are angry about it because I think it’s a very thrilling and shocking way to leave a season,” Lincoln said. “People have four or five months to recover from that. And conversely, from a writing standpoint, it’s daring what they’re doing. As a returning episode, to kill one of us to start the season? It’s not the usual way one would start off as a writer.”

Lincoln added that he understands why fans may be angry at not getting the answers they had hoped for.

“People are well within their rights to feel whatever they want,” he said. “If they feel robbed, it’s a completely valid thing. But a guttural reaction, an upset, that’s the point of drama. I don’t go to a theater or movie and not feel things. I want to feel things.”

The Walking Dead will return for its seventh season later this year.