It’s almost time! In just a few short hours Season 7 of “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC with brand new episodes and more craziness for Rick Grimes and his group.
When we left off in Season 6, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and several other beloved cast members were lined up in a semi-circle as Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) taunted them with his barbed wire bat, Lucille. Negan ended up brutally beating one of the characters to death, but his victim wasn’t revealed.
Ahead of Season 7’s highly anticipated premiere, check out everything you need to know about the upcoming season of the hit post-apocalyptic show.
Premiere Title And Synopsis: It was revealed that episode 1 of “The Walking Dead” will be titled “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.” According to a synopsis, Rick and his group will have a very difficult time coming to terms with what Negan did. “Last season ended with Rick and our group kneeling helplessly before Negan and his group,” the synopsis reads. “What Negan does will haunt those who survive forever.”
Season 1 Easter Egg: The Season 7 premiere title contains a huge Easter egg to an earlier episode in Season 1 when Dr. Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich) warns Rick about surviving the apocalypse. As fans may recall, Rick and his group sought refuge in the Center for Disease Control but escaped after Dr. Edwin tried to lock them inside and blow the building up because he didn’t want to live in a world with zombies.
When Rick thanked Dr. Edwin for letting them live, the doctor responded “the day will come when you won’t be,” basically telling Rick that there will come a time when he witnesses something so horrific he won’t be glad he’s survived in the apocalyptic world.
Negan’s Victim: We already know that Rick wasn’t killed by Negan in his lineup. That information was revealed during a Comic Con trailer released last month. However, that doesn’t mean Rick will go the entire Season 7 premiere unscathed. The trailer ended with Negan dragging Rick to a camper where it’s believed he cuts off his hand.
Although Negan’s victim is being kept secret, it’s long been rumored that Glenn (Steven Yeun) is the victim because he’s who Negan killed in the comic books. Daryl has also been rumored as the victim because the Comic Con trailer showed the blanket he was wearing on the ground next to what looked like human remains.
The Kingdom: There’s a good chance fans will finally get to see The Kingdom at some point in Season 7. The safe haven is home to a group of survivors led by a man named Ezekiel (Khary Payton). Fans were introduced to Ezekiel in the Season 6 finale when he offered to bring Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) back to his place of refuge. The episode ended before fans could see Ezekiel or catch a peek at The Kingdom.
The Sanctuary: Another safe haven that will most likely be introduced in Season 7 is The Sanctuary, where Negan and the Saviors live. Last month, AMC released new Season 7 photos and some of the images seemingly gave fans their first look at Negan’s home.
No Cliffhanger: Fans don’t have to worry about Season 7 concluding in wild cliffhanger like Season 6. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly in August, “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman said he would tie up the Season 7 finale because of the strong response fans had at the end of last season. “I definitely have to take note that there’s a seemingly significant portion of the audience that wasn’t happy with that direction,” he explained. “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.”
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 premieres Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. EDT on AMC.