The star's reaction to the script was the exact opposite to that of last season's finale
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When Andrew Lincoln got the script for the season 6 Negan cliffhanger finale, he didn’t even want to go to work. It actually marked the first day ever the star of The Walking Dead was late because he was having so much trouble getting in the right emotional headspace to film that brutal sequence of events.

The star’s reaction to the season 7 finale (which will air April 2 on AMC) was far different. Lincoln already told us how he actually “did a little jig” when he first read this year’s finale script, but we asked him to elaborate when we spoke to him recently about what to expect in that final installment, and he says the mood on set was unlike anything he’s experienced prior.

“There’s a palpable sense of energy and excitement in that final episode,” says Lincoln. “I think that the crew felt it, this sort of brilliancy. And it was weird because it was the end of a long season and yet everybody was sort of champing at the bit to keep going. I’ve never felt that before in the show. Everybody was like, ‘Yeah, darn it, let’s do season 8 now!’ It was a really unique situation and everybody felt it. So I think if we get it right, it will be an incredibly satisfying ending to season 7.”

As showrunner Scott M. Gimple told us, viewers should expect many different flavors in what he promises is a cliffhanger-free finale. “I just think it’s everything,” says Gimple. “It is everything and the kitchen sink. It is exciting and it’s very emotional and I believe it’s funny in a couple parts, and it builds and builds and builds and it explodes. And though it promises more — because there is a whole lot to get to — there is an ending. It really is just a huge episode inasmuch as it has all of the flavors of this season. It is taking your cup and going down each soda jet and taking a little from each one and then throwing in some hot sauce, a little bit of lime, and then maybe a tiny bit of Tequila, as well.”

Viewers can drink up on April 2.

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