Earlier today, we showed you a trailer for the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, which debuts Sunday, February 12 at 9 PM ET on AMC. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is trying to unite the Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom in a war against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his group The Saviors. Now we have the clip that aired during the Talking Dead after-show last night, where Rick first hears about The Kingdom and its leader, King Ezekiel (Khary Payton).
The clip, which debuted on AMC's YouTube today, seems to be set shortly after the ending of the midseason finale, where Rick, Carl (Chandler Riggs), Tara (Alanna Masterson), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) come back to the Hilltop, where they reunite with Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and Daryl (Norman Reedus). Rick admits to Maggie that she was right all along, and they have to get ready to fight Negan and the Saviors, with the episode ending as the entire group, along with Jesus (Tom Payne) approach the main building at the Hilltop, presumably to speak with Gregory. This scene seemingly takes place after this meeting, with Rick telling his group that they need more help.
The clip begins with Daryl Dixon suggesting that they simply find some explosives and blow up the Saviors' home, the Sanctuary, although Tara points out that there are many people at this massive facility who are there against their will as regular workers. Rick suggests that they need another group, while stating that they need to get back to Alexandria, since Negan will be looking for the escaped Daryl. Jesus throws the group a curveball, though, revealing that he stole one of the Saviors' walkie-talkies, which will allow them to track the Saviors' movements. Instead of going back to Alexandria, Jesus suggests that it's time for Rick and the group to meet King Ezekiel, which Rick sounds unsure about.
Rick's reaction to the notion of someone named King Ezekiel is not terribly surprising, since it's almost exactly how Carol (Melissa McBride) reacted when Morgan (Lennie James) first told her about this character, and his facility known as The Kingdom. We first met characters from The Kingdom at the end of Season 6, when a few Kingdom members helped both Morgan and Carol. King Ezekiel and Carol ended up striking a deal, where Carol would be left alone in one of the houses just outside of The Kingdom, but we saw Morgan dropping off some supplies for Carol, before another member of The Kingdom, Richard (Karl Makinen), also came by, wanting to talk to them both about the Saviors. Richard wants both Carol and Morgan to try and talk Ezekiel out of this deal with The Saviors, believing they can't be trusted. We'll have to see how this plays out now that Rick knows about The Kingdom in the back half of this season.
AMC's The Walking Dead will return for the second half of season seven on Sunday, February 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, as announced during last night's Talking Dead following the mid-season finale. The second half will consist of eight episodes. The Walking Dead, which remains the number one show on television for a fifth consecutive season, is executive produced by showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Dave Alpert and Tom Luse. Internationally, The Walking Dead will return to audiences in 125+ FOX channel markets within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere, as part of Fox Networks Group's continued commitment to broadcast the series near day-and-date globally. Take a look at this clip from the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead.