After such a dark and deadly Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” the AMC show is taking a much lighter approach to episode 2 and introducing a fan-favorite comic book character and another potential safe haven for Rick and his team. In a synopsis for the Oct. 30 episode, it appears that fans will finally get to meet King Ezekiel and get the first look at The Kingdom.
According to a description of the upcoming episode, via TV Guide, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group are “introduced to a new well-established community that seems too good to be true.”
Although the synopsis didn’t reveal much about episode 2, titled “The Well,” the promo video above shows Morgan (Lennie James) taking an injured Carol (Melissa McBride) to meet Ezekiel (Khary Payton). In Robert Kirkman’s comic books, Ezekiel is an eccentric character who has a pet tiger named Shiva and leads the people at The Kingdom. Ezekiel and The Kingdom were briefly introduced in the Season 6 finale, but the episode ended before fans could catch a glimpse of the character or his home.
Just like Rick and his group, Ezekiel is not a fan of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) so he teams up with Rick’s group and the people at the Hilltop Colony to fight Negan and The Saviors.
During Sunday’s premiere of the AMC show, Negan brutally took out two members of Rick’s group: Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun). Negan first killed Abraham by beating him with his barbed-wire bat, Lucille. He then turned the deadly weapon on Glenn after Daryl (Norman Reedus) tried to attack him.
On a special episode of “The Talking Dead,” Yeun opened up about his character’s death revealing that he didn’t want the iconic comic book scene to go to anybody else. “When you read that comic, you kind of don’t want that to go to anyone else, it’s such an iconic moment,” he said (via Vulture). “It’s such a gnarly thing to say, but sincerely, living that out was very wild, but at the same time, that moment happening and being realized on television in a different medium and to do it in the way that we did it, I think is brave and at the same time, super affecting. For me that was motivation to be like, OK, that’s great.”
“The Walking Dead” Season 7, episode 2 airs Sunday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. EDT on AMC.