After a season premiere filled with anguish and plenty of tears, the midseason return of The Walking Dead has the hosts of Bingeworthy at odds over its sustainability as a series.
“I have to say, I’m ready for it. The first half I was like, enough with the angst. Everyone was so tortured and sad,” said Jessica Shaw on the infamous Negan scenes from season 7’s premiere episode, which killed off two mainstay characters. The Bingeworthy host isn’t alone in wanting the dour tone gone, as Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on the AMC series, told EW, “This show always feels like the show to me when that group is working in unison, and that first half was very hard for us to film.”
Fellow host Touré doesn’t have the same approach to the hopeful tone set in the return episode. “I mean, this show is about long moments of calm and talking, and then explosive moments of violence,” he said.
“They definitely like to plant the seeds,” said Shaw in defense, addressing the series’ tendency to deliver more character moments over all-out action.
As for fans looking for more intrigue, Touré believes the latest villain is the key. “Negan to me is the character who draws me in, who I love the most. Even as he’s evil, he’s this charismatic villain, and when he’s doing his thing I’m into that,” he said. “I want the show to be about Negan.”
To catch the entire discussion on The Walking Dead, check out the full episode of Bingeworthy, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.