Body Doubles Were Used to Hide 'The Walking Dead' Season 7's Secrets
The Walking Dead's upcoming premiere is one of the most highly anticipated episodes of the show - or any show - in some time. So for as many people as there are to condemn the cliffhanger of season 6, it has clearly worked.
Nevertheless, the secrets have been kept tight on and off set, and creator Robert Kirkman has revealed that there were other methods used to ensure the premiere's big calling card for fans wasn't spoiled beforehand.
"Not sending screeners out [to press] is a big one. There's a lot of extra security measures on distribution and the international dubbing and those things to help prevent the kind of leaks that we've had in the past. There has been a lot of tactics used in filming that have been used on films — monitoring actor movement and trying to do things in secret.
"We've employed body doubles in places to make people think that people are in places that they're not. It's pretty exciting to try and hide certain things."
It goes beyond the premiere though, in an effort to keep the season's big moments (and, perhaps, little ones) tight-lipped. "This is a big season, so we're not just protecting things that happen in the first episode; there are things that happen in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth episode and beyond. We're trying to maintain that secrecy so when people watch the show, they can have that same experience they have in the comic where you don't know what's going to happen and it comes as an exciting surprise as the story moves forward. There is a lot of secrecy surrounding this season and when people watch the episodes, they'll see why and hopefully appreciate it."
Expect it, then, to continue into the show's future, because with just a few days before the premiere, all the extra measures seem to have paid off.