Earlier this week, The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln said in a new interview that there is a certain moment in the Season 7 finale that made him so happy he dropped his script and, "started punching the air" and doing "a little jig." While we still have to wait several months to see what made the actor so happy, he also teased that these last eight episodes will be the "opposite" of the first half, where Rick obeyed Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) command, just to avoid any sort of retribution from him and the Saviors. Today we have one new photo from the mideseason finale, along with 14 mysterious posters that could tease some explosive events to come in Alexandria.
First up, the new photo comes courtesy of TV Line, which features Rick, Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) meeting with the leader of the Hilltop Colony, Gregory (Xander Berkeley). In the midseason finale, all of these characters and more finally reunited at the Hilltop after spending most of this season apart, with Rick finally coming to terms with the fact that they have to fight Negan and the Saviors. Rick and his group can't do it alone, though, and this photo shows Rick trying to convince Gregory to join him in battle.
Ever since Gregory was introduced in Season 6, he has never been exactly brave or even trustworthy, but it's been proven that he can be manipulated. Maggie essentially talked her way into creating a deal between the Hilltop Colony and Alexandria, and now that they need the Hilltop more than ever, Rick and company will most likely find a way to convince Gregory its in his best interest to join the fight. One notable exclusion from this photo is Jesus (Tom Payne), a member of the Hilltop who isn't exactly a huge fan of Gregory either, after he tried to sell out Maggie and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) during the Saviors' visit.
The midseason premiere trailer released last month revealed that Rick intends to unite his people in Alexandria with the Hilltop Colony and members of The Kingdom in their fight against Negan and The Saviors. Aside from Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James), none of the other main characters from Alexandria have met King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his "subjects" in The Kingdom, but we saw in a clip that Rick was quite perplexed with the notion of someone being called "King" Ezekiel, in this day and age. Perhaps Rick will find King Ezekiel's regal manner as amusing as Carol did earlier this season.
Along with this new photo, we also have a cryptic series of posters that feature a number of random items in Alexandria, including peanuts, a lantern, a bunch of rubber duckies, dynamite, an empty grave, and more. It's possible that this is the same grave that Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) dug for Maggie, when Rick convinced Negan that she died. Perhaps they're planning on using this grave as a bomb of some sort, when Negan returns to Alexandria. While we wait for the mid-season premiere on Sunday, February 12 at 9 PM ET, take a look at this new photo and posters from The Walking Dead.