‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Premiere: But What If Carol And Morgan Aren’t Safe?

Ever since the Season 6 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead saw 11 potential victims for Negan and his bat, Carol fans breathed a sigh of relief that she wasn’t included in the line up. But, what if Carol and Morgan are in just as much danger as those in Negan’s lineup?

Spoiler alert: This article discusses the Season 6 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead and speculates about Season 7. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.

The Season 6 cliffhanger saw 11 lives hanging in the balance as the screen faded to black when Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) started swinging his bat, Lucille. For months now, fans of The Walking Dead have been trying to work out who Negan killed. There have been more theories than people in the line up, but a common phrase uttered among Walking Dead fans has been, “At least Carol isn’t in the line up.”

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 6, Episode 16, Negan and the line up
[Image by Gene Page/AMC]

It could be a very dangerous thing to assume that one of the characters on The Walking Dead is safe, especially since a recent interview with the actor who plays Morgan, Lennie James, suggests Morgan and Carol (Melissa McBride) are not safe at all in Season 7.

Lennie James warns viewers in an interview he did with the Express that Morgan and Carol may not be in immediate danger by being in Negan’s line up, but the pair will certainly come into contact with Negan’s group in Season 7 of The Walking Dead.

“The threat of death with Morgan and Carol is always around in this one. I think Carol and Morgan might have a minute to catch their breath, but this is The Walking Dead, and it won’t be longer than a minute… Everyone is going to be affected by Negan in some way shape or form.”

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 6, Episode 16, Lennie James as Morgan Jones
[Image by Gene Page/AMC]

Carol was last seen, seriously injured, in the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead. She and Morgan had just met up with a new group of survivors. This group, called the Kingdom, is led by a character comic book fans of The Walking Dead know well. Ezekiel will be played by Khary Payton in the TV version of The Walking Dead. While this leader may not be as deadly as Negan is in the comics, Lennie James warns TV viewers that Morgan and Carol need to be careful around this character too.

“In some ways, Ezekiel is one of the toughest guys. Because all of the leaders of the world — right from Rick, the archetypal town sheriff, who even to this day still wears his six shooter hanging low on his hips. Those kind of things are archetypal, and Ezekiel is one of those. He is king, he’s got his kingdom.”

And what fans can glean from the official Season 7 trailer above, featuring Ezekiel, is that while the Kingdom may be very self-reliant, there is also a sinister aspect to it. One character from the Kingdom is seen talking to Morgan and telling him, “No one back home needs to know about this, any of it.” While there is no suggestion about what they are doing, it certainly puts Morgan in a position where it could be dangerous for him — and by extension, Carol — if he shares the secret.

The official synopsis for Episode 1 — entitled “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” — of Season 7 of The Walking Dead is below.

“Last season ended with Rick and our group kneeling helplessly before Negan and his group. What Negan does will haunt those who survive forever.”

How do you think Carol and Morgan will fare in Season 7 of The Walking Dead? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead premieres on Sunday, October 23, at 9 p.m. ET.

[Featured Image by Gene Page/AMC]