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Here's how The Walking Dead filmed THAT tiger moment in the season 7 finale

Warning: spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead season 7 finale.

After a season’s worth of set-up, The Walking Dead season 7 finale finally paved the way for all-out war between the villainous Negan and Rick and the rest of the group. One of the episode’s defining moments came when Shiva, King Ezekiel’s pet tiger, saved Rick’s son Carl from coming face to face with Lucille – Negan’s baseball bat and weapon of choice.

Now, thanks to actor Chandler Riggs (who plays Carl on the show), we have a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at how the production managed to pull off those last-second tiger heroics.

That sounds kind of like a joke, right? But the best part is there’s photographic evidence to back up that claim.

In case that tweet gets deleted for some reason, take a closer look at that glorious picture:

No word yet on whether they also used the same guy in a blue suit to stand in for that awful CG deer earlier in the season, but I’d say the effect actually worked pretty well this time.

For more on The Walking Dead season 7 finale, check out our review and 7 questions we need answered after watching it.

Images: AMC/Twitter

Ben is an entertainment journalist who has written about movies online for nearly a decade. He loves the Fast & Furious franchise, prefers Indiana Jones to Star Wars, and will defend the ending of Lost until his dying day. He shook Bill Murray's hand once (so he's got that going for him, which is nice). Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife.