‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7: Negan Sends Shock Waves Through ‘Already Fractured Group’ [Spoilers]

The Walking Dead Season 7 premieres in just two weeks. Fans already know who Negan killed will be revealed. What other information has been released regarding the zombie apocalypse television show?

There are TWD spoilers ahead. If you do not want any clues on what to expect, then stop reading.

Even though the network and show bosses have tried to keep a tight lid on spoilers, there still has been some information revealed. Many of these were revealed in The Walking Dead Season 7 spoiler roundup for Episodes 1-7, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. More recently, there was a snippet of what to expect in the latest issue of TV Guide.

“Where did Negan’s bat land? In a place that will no doubt send shock waves through the already fractured group and also make room for the introduction of a tiger-owning fellow survivor named Ezekiel.”

As TWD fans recall from the Season 6 finale, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) took his barbed wire baseball bat, Lucille, and used it to smash in someone’s brains. There is a credible theory that Negan killed two people instead of just one. It is believed by many that Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) are Negan’s victims in The Walking Dead. Viewers will find out for sure during the Season 7 premiere.

A few months ago, Norman Reedus told Entertainment Weekly that Negan’s actions will cause broken loyalties. The actor who plays Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead also teased that characters will react in different ways. Some will accept “Negan’s Law” and others will want to fight back. Then there are those that will simply give up. After everything Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group have been through, it is understandable that some will just be too tired to fight yet another adversary.

Whenever there is a huge loss, such as a devastating death, Rick doesn’t deal with it very well. After Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) died at the prison, he began hallucinating. Following Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) beheading by the Governor and believing baby Judith was dead, he went numb. Once they found shelter, Rick laid down and was motionless, almost as if he were in a catatonic state. His son, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) had to take over to ensure they survived. Of course, everyone remembers what happened with the Claimers on The Walking Dead.

Rick will no doubt blame himself for Negan’s attack. He was the one that decided to ambush the Saviors while they were sleeping. The killings were unprovoked. However, last season on TWD, Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) was asked if she was from Alexandria when she went on the road. It was clear that the Saviors had been watching the community for quite a while. It was only a matter of time before Negan and his men swooped in. Unlike other survivor communities on The Walking Dead, Alexandria had residents that were strong and would fight back.

Watching one or two group members, who are like family, have their skulls smashed to pieces will be traumatic for everyone. However, Rick will feel responsible since he agreed to “deal” with the Saviors. In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Norman Reedus mentioned that some people will blame others for their predicament. Even though Rick is the group leader, having Negan arrive will cause a lot of different emotions and reactions, including blame. It seems that Rick will probably have a lot of guilt and might even go numb for a bit. However, he will also try to figure out a way out of the situation without losing any more of his people.

In The Walking Dead comic books, this is where Ezekiel and the Kingdom come into the story. However, even after the war with Negan and the Saviors, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character will still stick around. He will be part of the storyline for a long time.

What do you think is going to happen in The Walking Dead? Season 7 premieres October 23 on AMC.

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