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Norman Reedus has let slip on the new season of The Walking DeadGetty

The Walking Dead fans were left slightly uninspired after the season six finale saw the villainous Negan 'kill' one of the cast's beloved heroes, but no one will find out who it is until the next series. But all can rejoice, as the planet will "explode" when the AMC drama returns later this year, according to one of the show's main stars.

Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, made the brazen statement to Entertainment Weekly Radio; stating that his enthusiasm for season seven "blows his mind." He said: "Trust me, I think the planet is going to explode. That's my feeling. It's so good.

"Every time we go on a promotional tour talking about what's to come, we all say, 'Oh my god, it's amazing. I can't wait for you to see it'. But it continually surprises me how this show grows and is put together and the execution of it – no pun intended.

"It blows my mind. It just continually reaches a new plateau every single time, and this is the highest plateau we've ever been. So just wait. It's worth the wait. Trust me," he added.

Jumping to the defence of season six's cliff-hanger, which created a social media storm on Twitter, Needus said of the mystery: "Sometimes, you make something just to get people to talk. 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. 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," he continued.

The final scene of season six's finale drew overwhelmingly negative reactions from viewers on social media. This was in no doubt due to the anonymity of the potential hero who met the other end of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) spiky baseball bat, leaving The Walking Dead fanatics in utter turmoil. See the full reaction here.