‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Episode 4 Is Extended, Cast Member Andrew Lincoln Talks Negan’s Visit To Alexandria, And A Comic Comparison

The Walking Dead season seven episode four show is suppose to have Negan making an appearance at Alexandria for his offering, according to Entertainment Weekly. This time, it will be an 85-minute showing so it’ll be interesting to see how Negan and the Saviors familiarize themselves with the community’s venue and of course their stock of resources.

The first three episodes introduced a traumatic ending to a cliff hanger from season six, The Kingdom and King Ezekiel, and this Sunday there will be a look into the Savior’s venue in “The Cell.” Episode four is entitled “Service” which is self-explanatory as Negan would like to be served by the people of Alexandria and whomever is under his thumb. The following is a synopsis.

“The remaining members of the group try to keep it together in Alexandria; they receive a sobering visit.”

The Walking Dead season seven audience may have already seen this promo and in it is Negan banging on what is likely Alexandria’s front gate. Thus the “sobering visit” per the “Service” episode synopsis. Other trailers reveal Negan further reinforcing his power and getting chummy with the inventory lady, Olivia.

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Rick Grimes’ Attitude Adjustment

The last time we saw Rick Grimes at the church making big plans to take on Negan’s people, he was confident they would conquer them easily as Morgan counted himself out of that plan. Carol left Alexandria, but not without her own encounter with a car full of Saviors heading towards the community she left.

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Now Rick is back at the church only this time emphasizing there is no chance to even bother opposing Negan anymore. Especially after loosing Abraham and Maggie’s husband, Glenn, to Lucille. How will the Alexandrian community react to Rick Grimes’ submission? The people already established there haven’t met Negan yet, so they may not be as initially fearful of him since they haven’t experienced the wrath of Lucille and other cruelties from the Saviors.

Andrew Lincoln gave a little tease about what his character’s crew can look forward to in the following Season 7 episodes. He did acknowledge it as a new beginning of sorts considering it’s a whole new season, and about recovering and adjusting to a life changing situation now under the reigning tyrant of Negan.

“All I will say is that this is a rocky road. It’s a shocking beginning to a season, but it is the beginning of a season. That’s what people have to remember. This is where we begin, after the quake. This season is about rebuilding and about characters dealing with the trauma and grief of this brutal attack, but also this new regime that they are now a part of. And each react in their own individual ways. It’s more Lord of the Rings than Lord of the Flies this season.”

Can you think of how Season 7 can be likened to that of Lord of the Rings? Is Negan like Sauron or Saruman? Can Maggie and Rick be comparable to Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee?

Negan’s Visit To Alexandria, A Comic Comparison

The Walking Dead upcoming shows are a mystery, and it’s only through the plot synopsis from the shows and TV promos where viewers can figure out what the Saviors are up to. The comic book version tells a tale of their visit to Alexandria and Rick is made to hold onto Lucille the barb wired bat, according to an overview by The Hollywood Reporter. If anyone recalls, Lucille is seen sitting on a shelf or window sill in some footage of what’s to come in Season 7.

The comic book version also shows Negan mocking the residents and almost getting into fist-a-cuffs with some of them and then eventually leaves. Most surprisingly, Carl stows away on the Saviors’ convoy with an assault rifle.

This is interesting considering in the execution line-up, both Simon and Negan focus in on Carl, remarking on how he has their guns. Was this a nod for things to come as comparable to the comics?

The Walking Dead airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. Please continue keeping up with season seven as Rick’s group tends to their adjustment period.

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