AMC has released three new images for the second half of The Walking Dead's seventh season, as well as an official synopsis. Let's start with the images and go from there.
The first photo shows Rick with a big ol' gun at his waist. We've thankfully left the Rick from season 7A behind; Rick of season 7B appears to be up for a fight. That's the message we got at the end of the midseason finale, and I couldn't be happier. There is almost nothing more annoying in this show than Rick in one of his moods.
This next one shows Rick, Michonne, Aaron and Tara moving through the brush. It reminds me just how little the scenery has changed in this show in seven seasons. No matter how much the world has changed, no matter how many new bands of wicked survivors we encounter, the green Southern summer is always with us.
Finally we have a big gathering of people from both Alexandria and Hilltop, presumably discussing how they'll beat Negan. I have an idea! Wait until he shows up all cocky like and put a bullet in his skull. There have been like fifteen perfect opportunities for this, and the one and only time anyone actually tried to do it Negan just got lucky. At this point, taking him out would be fairly easy, after which his goons would scatter.
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Here's the official synopsis of season 7B:
The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.
Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose - to defeat Negan - it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.
We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We'll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.
So a few predictions here based on this summary and what we saw in the first half of the season.
I'm much more excited for this half of season 7 than for the first half, mainly because I'm hoping we get more action, less Sad Rick, a haircut for Carl, and a toned down Negan who doesn't dominate each episode with his weird humor and endless swagger. Then again...I could be wrong. Maybe Carl won't get a haircut.
Are you looking forward to the rest of this season of The Walking Dead or are you one of the many viewers who gave up on it this past season?
The Walking Dead returns to AMC Sunday February 12th at 9 pm EST.
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