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'You'll be out of your misery soon,' promises 'Walking Dead' producer, 'and so will someone else!'

Legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd has some calming words for angry fans upset by the zombie drama's recent cliff-hanger ending.

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"Terminator" and "Aliens" producer Gale Anne Hurd introduces "Fear the Walking Dead" in London.

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On the edge of your seat with the cliff-hanger ending of "The Walking Dead"?

"I promise you'll be out of your misery very soon", says producer Gale Anne Hurd, adding "and so will someone else!"

Without spoiling anything, let's say some viewers were unhappy with the sixth series finale of AMC's zombie drama "The Walking Dead". The episode introduced hotly anticipated new villain Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in deadly fashion, but left viewers with a huge dangling cliff-hanger.

"I understand the frustration", said Hurd of the cliff-hanger, "but we wanted this moment to be about the introduction of Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is fantastic".

Hurd was speaking in London at a screening of the second series of AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead", a spin-off from popular zombie show "The Walking Dead".

The two shows adapt the comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. In the comic, Negan explodes into the story with a catastrophic impact, and fans in the know were on tenterhooks to see if the show stuck to the comic's dramatic story line.

The second series of spin-off "Fear the Walking Dead" finds the characters all at sea as they take to the ocean to escape the zombie apocalypse. The series was filmed on a special floating set in the 22 million gallon tank built by James Cameron for the film "Titanic".

Having co-written "The Terminator" with her former husband James Cameron, Hurd produced a number of geek classics including the "Terminator" sequels, "Tremors", "The Abyss", "Aliens" and movies featuring Marvel comic superheroes the Punisher and the incredible Hulk.

Discussing the challenges of the two "Walking Dead" shows, Hurd admitted that writers often have to adapt to the needs of the cast. "A number of our actresses have gotten pregnant", she said, "so we have a number of 'Walking Dead' babies!"

Asked how she would adapt to a real zombie apocalypse, Hurd suggested she would seek out "The Walking Dead" fan favourite and all-round tough guy Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus. "I'd get behind him on his motorbike...but I feel a lot of people have the same idea".

"Fear the Walking Dead" airs on AMC in the US and on BT TV in the UK. You'll be put out of your misery when "The Walking Dead" returns with its seventh season later this year, probably in October.