A rollicking Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con made up for the fact that no one was saying anything about who got the beatdown at the end of Season 6.
Not that we expected anyone to give away who got killed, of course. But with all the potential victims on the stage -- including Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yuen (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Josh McDermitt (Eugene) -- the ensemble twisted the knife a little more by having Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) come out, Lucille in hand, and stalk menacingly behind the cast members, asking at one point, "You p**sing your pants yet?"
An excellent new trailer for Season 7 -- which cleverly kept all 11 of those actors offscreen and focused on Negan as well as the arrival of King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) -- also whetted the appetites of the thousands of fans packed into Hall H, but once again the cast along with creative braintrust Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert and Greg Nicotero weren't saying anything.
Here's what we do know: Season 7 of The Walking Dead premieres on Oct. 23, with Gimple writing and Nicotero directing. Nicotero told the crowd, "The first episode was intense and affected me in a way I didn't expect."
Of course that opening segment will reveal who got the business end of Negan's barbed-wire-wrapped bat and deal with the aftermath of that. Andrew Lincoln told the crowd, "It's a really s**tty start to the season, but hang in there, because we're headed toward a showdown that we haven't seen the likes of since (cannibal outpost) Terminus."
The rest of the panel took on a more humorous tone as Lincoln recounted a story -- complete with video -- of how Reedus put glitter in the air conditioning vents of his car, covering the former with it as soon as he fired up the AC in the baking Georgia heat where they film the show. At the conclusion of the story, Lincoln turned to Reedus, seated next to him, and blew a fistful of glitter point-blank at his friend's head -- but the prank backfired and Lincoln ended up with his beard coated with shiny little flakes as well.
The presentation's other comedic highlight was an exchange of Walking Dead dialogue between Marquand and Cudlitz -- only with the former imitating Burgess Meredith as Mickey the trainer and the latter doing Stallone as Rocky. That brought the house down as well.
But we still don't know who Negan took out ... and won't know for three more months.