Walking Dead Season 7, Episode 15 Preview: The War Begins
With just two episodes left in The Walking Dead Season 7, AMC has debuted a new sneak peek and clip from this season's 15th episode, Something They Need, airing Sunday, March 26 at 9 PM ET on AMC. The sneak peek shows that a number of Alexandrians have left the sanctity of their home, with Michonne seen positioned in a tree, perhaps to serve as a lookout. The sneak peek also shows a number of characters heading out in the same boat we've seen earlier this season, when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) found a cache of supplies. Both the sneak peek and the clip, though, tease what could be the demise of Maggie (Lauren Cohan). There will be SPOILERS if you haven't watched last night's episode, so read on at your own risk.
The clip that surfaced on AMC's YouTube shortly after the episode debuted last night, features Maggie (Lauren Cohan) doing some light gardening at the Hilltop Colony, when she's approached by Gregory (Xander Berkeley) outside of the walls, who asks where her friends are. Maggie reveals that they left the Hilltop to find something they need, when Gregory asks why she's still at the Hilltop. Maggie had been at the Hilltop all season long, with Dr. Harlan Carson (R. Keith Harris) taking care of her while she waits for her baby to be delivered. During last night's episode, though, The Saviors sprung a surprise on the Hilltop, with Simon (Steven Ogg) coming to take Dr. Carson, since The Sanctuary's previous doctor was relieved of his duties, and his life, by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
The clip ends with Gregory and Maggie trying to mend their fences, with Maggie revealing that if he's serious about working together, she'll come by later and they can talk more. However, we see in another scene, which appears to be either directly before or after the clip, that Gregory is brandishing a knife behind his back. We don't see if he actually uses this knife on Maggie, and it remains unclear whether or not Maggie will survive her encounter with Gregory at the Hilltop Colony to continue the fight in the Season 7 finale. We did learn recently, though, that the season finale will be more straight-forward than the controversial Season 6 finale.
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple explained in a recent interview that there will be no cliffhanger in the Season 7 finale, unlike the Season 6 finale where we first met Negan, and saw him kill an unidentified character, the identity of which we didn't learn until months later, in the Season 7 premiere. Many fans were quite upset that they had to wait several months to learn who Negan had killed, which was eventually revealed to be Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), in a slight departure from the iconic comic book where Negan only killed one Alexandrian. Still, while there may certainly be an iconic death or two in these next two episodes, fans apparently won't be left waiting for answers like they were at the end of Season 6.
Aside from the cliffhanger, the Season 7 premiere was controversial for other reasons as well, with some fans even filing FCC complaints due to the violent nature of the show. The horror drama has also been suffering quite a big hit in the ratings, with last week's "Bury Me Here" the least watched episode in four years with 10.16 million tuning in, roughly 7 million viewers less than the Season 7 premiere. We'll have to wait and see if those numbers start increasing in the next few weeks as we get ready for next week's episode, Something They Need, and the season finale The First Day Of the Rest Of Your Lives, airing Sunday, April 2 at 9 PM ET on AMC. Until then, take a look at the preview, clip and photos from next week's episode of The Walking Dead.