Norman Reedus Thinks Fan Outrage Over ‘Walking Dead’ Finale Is a ‘Huge Compliment’

“I’ve been making art for a long time and you want people to talk,” actor says

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(Spoiler alert: Do not keep reading if you haven’t seen the Season 6 finale of “The Walking Dead”)

“The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus isn’t sweating all the fan uproar over the Season 6 finale cliffhanger.

“The fact that people are still talking is a huge compliment to how that episode was executed and the acting in it and the writing of it. That’s a good thing,” Reedus told Entertainment Weekly.

“Talk sometimes its good. I know we all have phones and everything is instant gratification now. I get it. I like that too,” he continued. “I like the controversy, to be honest. For that many people to be that invested in that show and freaking out, I think it’s great.”

In the Season 6 finale, fans finally saw the introduction of new villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Just like in the comics, Negan lines up all of our heroes and prepares to kill one of them at random with his trusty barbed wire baseball bat Lucille. But we never actually see which character gets killed, which got fans riled up.

According to Reedus, he can claim ignorance as he doesn’t write the show, but producers Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero aren’t so lucky.

“That’s another level of ‘What the f–k?’ Those guys get hammered,” he said. “They bust their ass to give you this entertainment and pour their hearts on the line and then they just get ‘What the f–k, Scott Gimple? How could you do this to me!’”