Greg Nicotero has directed some of the most memorable episodes of The Walking Dead. He also directed three very important episodes of season 7B.
As a director Greg Nicotero doesn’t shy away from the violence inherent in the world of The Walking Dead. He directed many of the most controversial and the most memorable episodes of the series. He directed both the season 6 finale, “Last Day On Earth” and the controversial season 7 premiere, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”.
He’s also going to be at the helm of some of the most important episodes left in season 7 according to Comicbook.com. The midseason premiere, “Rock In The Road” was directed by Nicotero. So was the season 7 finale. In the midseason premiere he will setting the stage for the road to war. Presumably in the season finale the war between Rick’s group and Negan will kick off.
Nicotero also directed episode 12 of season 7. Other directors for The Walking Dead season 7B include Jeffrey F. January and Kari Skogland. January has previously directed plot advancing episode “Four Walls And A Roof” and “Always Accountable”. Skogland has previously directed “The Next World” for The Walking Dead. She also directed two episodes of Fear The Walking Dead.
It’s not a surprise that Nicotero was tapped to direct both the midseason premiere and the season finale. Throughout the past seven seasons he has directed many of the most iconic episodes. He is steeped in The Walking Dead world and does a fantastic job bringing that world to life on the screen.
Greg Nicotero is also not afraid to court controversy as a director. In particular, the season 7 premiere caused a lot of controversy among fans.
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The graphic imagery associated with the deaths of Glenn and Abe was too much for some people. Some fans were upset seeing the gory deaths as Negan killed both by bashing in their heads with Lucille.
Nicotero defended the choice to show the deaths as an integral part of the story. It was upsetting to the fans to see their beloved characters killed so violently. But it was necessary for the story development.
In the comic the death of Glenn is a pivotal moment in the story that changes Rick, and the rest of the group, forever. In the show that moment had to be brought to life in order to launch the story in a new direction.
Whatever Nicotero and the writers have planned for the second half of The Walking Dead season 7 is sure to be intense. Rick and the group are ready to rise up and lead the other communities into battle against Negan and the Saviors. There’s no one better to bring All Out War to life than the man who has helped build The Walking Dead world from the beginning.