AMC has finally released the Season 7 premiere title and episode synopsis for “The Walking Dead,” and it contains a huge throwback to an episode from Season 1. According to the show’s website, episode 1 will be titled “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.”
According to Comic Book Movie, the title is actually an Easter egg to Season 1 when Dr. Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich) gives Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) a grim message about the apocalypse. As fans may recall, Rick and his group traveled to the Center for Disease Control for refuge but Dr. Edwin had lost it and didn’t want to live in a world with zombies. When Rick and the others found out about Dr. Edwin’s plan to blow up the building, they escaped. At the time, Rick thanked Dr. Edwin for letting them live and the doctor responded: “the day will come when you won’t be,” essentially telling Rick that there will be a time when he is not glad he’s survived in this world.
So, how does that tie into the Season 7 premiere? It could be hinting that whatever Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) does to Rick’s group will be so bad that Rick regrets staying alive for so long. The synopsis for episode 1 teases that things will be extremely difficult for Rick and the other survivors of Negan’s lineup. “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.”
Over the weekend, the Comic Con trailer for Season 7 was released revealing that Rick isn’t one of Negan’s victims. However, the trailer hinted that Rick may end up losing his hand after telling Negan he was going to kill him one day. The preview also hinted that Daryl (Norman Reedus) could be the one brutally beaten by Negan’s barbed-wire bat Lucille after his blanket is seen lying on the ground next to a pile of what appears to be human remains.
On Monday, the Huffington Post reported on another theory about Negan’s victim. The outlet wrote that Reddit users are convinced they saw Maggie’s (Lauren Cohan) engagement ring from Glenn (Steven Yeun) mixed in with the human remains. Fans will have to wait until the show premieres in a few weeks to find out exactly what happens.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 premieres Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. EDT on AMC.