The long-anticipated Season 7 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead has finally aired. But, what can fans expect now moving forward into the second episode? Will Episode 2 follow Rick Grimes, or will viewers get a chance to see some of the other groups now established in The Walking Dead.
Spoiler alert: This article discusses Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
The Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead was just as brutal as fans were expecting. AMC did not hold off in revealing who died at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) like they did in the Season 6 finale. Many fans were horrified that Negan took out two much-loved characters, Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun). It was a grueling episode that left many viewers shocked and horrified at the level of brutality AMC employed. There was also little hope left for the remaining characters as their spirit was collectively broken.
So, where can fans expect to be taken in Episode 2 of The Walking Dead?
Episode 2 of The Walking Dead is titled “The Well.” Before the Season 7 premiere aired, there was some speculation the title of this episode could relate directly to Glenn. Considering how Episode 1 panned out, this might still be the case. The official synopsis for Episode 2 of The Walking Dead is below.
“Following a number of familiar faces, we are introduced to a new well-established community that seems too good to be true.”
The official synopsis certainly doesn’t give a lot away, other than viewers will get a look into a new community. Season 6 saw the introduction of not only Negan’s group, the Saviors, but another community called Hilltop, of which Jesus (Tom Payne) is a member. As well as these two new groups, the Season 6 finale saw Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride) meet up with another group. This new group is likely the community mentioned in the synopsis for Episode 2.
Known as the Kingdom, this group is led by a man called Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his tiger, Shiva — yes, you read that right!
The Walking Dead director, Greg Nicotero, had this to say about Ezekiel and the Kingdom in a recent interview he did with Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s the biggest community that we’ve ever come upon. Carol and Morgan show up there and it’s thriving, and it’s alive, and it’s vibrant. And even when I directed the episode, when I was editing it, it was The Walking Dead version of The Wizard of Oz. If the outside is a black and white, dull, dead world, the inside is vibrant and colorful and whimsical and alive, and it’s all led by a dude with a scepter and a f**king tiger named Ezekiel. So the script had a very strange tenor to it, because it was very unlike anything that we had done in The Walking Dead, ever.”
So, it seems Episode 2 of The Walking Dead Season 7 will introduce viewers to the Kingdom. If this is the case, it also means the episode will focus on what is happening to Morgan and Carol. And, the following trailer for Episode 2 of The Walking Dead released by AMC certainly confirms this.
As the clip shows, Carol is being wheeled around the Kingdom by Morgan. Judging by the conversation, Carol has been out of it for a while, thanks to her injuries sustained in the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, and Morgan is explaining the set up to her. Morgan seems to know many people in the Kingdom, indicating they have been there for awhile. If this is the case, it seems a time hop might occur in Episode 2.
Morgan is also a little reserved about what he has told Ezekiel about himself and Carol. He lets Carol know just how much of their story he has told to Ezekiel (who likes to be known as King Ezekiel). So, is this group as wonderful as is implied with how friendly everyone is towards Morgan, or is this another community like Woodbury and the Governor (David Morrissey) was? Only by tuning into Episode 2 of The Walking Dead will reveal all.
As yet, no images have been released by AMC for Episode 2 of The Walking Dead.
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Season 7 of The Walking Dead returns with Episode 2 (entitled “The Well”) of Season 7 on AMC on Sunday, October 30, at 9 p.m. ET.
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