Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last several months, you know that The Walking Dead Season 6 left viewers with a big cliffhanger. It has kept everyone talking about who Negan killed ever since it aired, just as intended.
Season 7 is finally drawing near with less than a month to go. Negan will reportedly change everything when The Walking Dead returns. Beyond killing one, maybe two, of the people in Rick’s clan, he will change all the rules. Life will never be the same for our favorite characters, according to the recently released synopsis from AMC.
“Up until this point, the survivors have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.”
“To start Season 7, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.”
“The first half of Season 7 sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.”
“Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.”
“The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.”
So you could say, The Walking Dead Season 7 is the end of the world as we know it. The death delivered by Negan and Lucille is sure to start the collapse of it all, and by the sounds of it, Negan is just going to keep hammering home (or batting home) the fact that he is in control now.
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Lauren Cohan has some input on how Negan will do this, and it involves more than just Lucille. Comicbook.com spoke with the actress who portrays Maggie, and she gave her take on what makes this new Walking Dead villain so powerful and evil.
“To me, Negan feels like this horrible undercurrent that’s been there the whole time that we haven’t realized, and now it’s rearing its head from every doorway you can imagine. It’s like how bulls have little flocks of birds that live on their backs. We’ve been there not knowing we were all sleeping on this giant scary bull. We are upended.”
She also pointed to his ability to read people well, which means he knows exactly how to get to them and manipulate them. This could make him the baddest villain we’ve seen yet on The Walking Dead, just as we’ve been promised.
There’s one other big new character this year, and at this point, we know even less about him than we do about Negan. That character is Ezekiel, who has a pet tiger named Shiva and rules over The Kingdom.
This other addition to The Walking Dead is a former zookeeper (thus the pet tiger). He is constantly protected by soldiers who are present wherever he goes. His kingdom is in a former high school that’s guarded by armored men on horses. According to the folks over at The Walking Dead website, he’s allied with the people at The Hilltop Colony and Jesus. All three of them hate Negan. That should bode well for Rick and the others at some point in Season 7 as it will give them a powerful ally in the fighting to come. AMC did give us a peek at Ezekiel with a recent Walking Dead trailer. Check it out below.
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