There's one silver lining to the frustrating hiatus Walking Dead fans have endured after the Season 6 finale cliffhanger, when new villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed a TBD main character with a baseball bat. Series creator Robert Kirkman says the show will (probably) never leave fans dangling like that again.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman admitted that fan backlash to the cliffhanger has reached the writers' room.

"I definitely have to take note that there's a seemingly significant portion of the audience that wasn't happy with that direction, so in that respect I think everyone on The Walking Dead creative team has taken note of that, and I don't know that I would expect a similar cliffhanger at the end of season 7," Kirkman told EW.

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Andrew Lincoln, Sonequa Martin-Green and Michael Cudlitz, <em>The Walking Dead</em>Andrew Lincoln, Sonequa Martin-Green and Michael Cudlitz, The Walking Dead

Kirkman said the cliffhanger was a good-faith effort to keep the fans entertained, and no one involved expected the negative fan response.

"You get to Season 6 on a show and you try new things and sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't," Kirkman said, "But I would hope that after enjoying six seasons of the show people would recognize that, everything that [showrunner] Scott Gimple is putting together is an effort to keep the show exciting, and engaging, and keeping everybody excited about it."

In an interview with TVGuide.com shortly after the Season 6 finale, Gimple said: "We know why we do what we do and we know that our intentions are good. We know that we care about our audience."

Sounds like they might start showing it more clearly.

The Walking Dead returns Oct. 23 with the Season 7 premiere on AMC.