Last week, the first photo surfaced from The Walking Dead Season 7 midseason premiere, which featured a glimpse at Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew meeting with Gregory (Xander Berkeley), leader of the Hilltop Colony. Today we have three more photos, and if that wasn't enough, AMC has released a full plot synopsis. Here's the full story details for the show's upcoming return on Sunday, February 12.
"The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all. Rick's group will find out yet again that the world isn't what they thought it was. It's much bigger than anything they've seen so far. While they have a singular purpose, to defeat Negan, it won't come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable. We'll meet new survivors in incredible places. We'll see Rick and the group tested in ways we've never seen before. We'll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army."
As for the three new photos, courtesy of AMC, one shows just Rick by himself, while another shows Rick leading a group into the woods, armed with his trusted revolver that Daryl retrieved for him in the mid-season finale. The group includes Michonne (Danai Gurira), Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Tara (Alanna Masterson), but the final photo features a much bigger group. This image features Rick and his team, including Michonne, Jesus (Tom Payne), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) all seemingly listening to what young Enid (Katelyn Nacon) has to say.
Last week, Andrew Lincoln revealed in an interview that there is a moment in the season finale that made him "drop his script" and caused him to start "punching the air" and doing "a little jig." We also saw in the mid-season premiere trailer that Rick is trying to bring the Hilltop and The Kingdom together to rise up against Ezekiel. In the comics, this essentially leads into two volumes known as All Out War, which is among the most popular in the entire catalog, where Rick does in fact lead both The Kingdom and the Hilltop into war against Negan and The Saviors. It seems likely that the back half of this season, leading into the season finale, could very well set up this pivotal story arc.
With that being said, the show also has a history of altering and subverting the comics in many different ways. For instance, Andrea, who was played by Laurie Holden and killed off in Season 3 of the TV series, is still alive in the comics. Last season, Dr. Denise Cloyd (Merrit Wever) was killed in a scene that was an almost exact replica of the comic book scene where Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) was killed, and in the comics, Denise doesn't die until much later. One of the biggest alterations was in the Walking Dead Season 7 premiere, where Negan killed not only Glenn (Steven Yeun), but Abraham Ford as well, and in the comics, Negan only kills Glenn. While we wait for new footage from The Walking Dead, take a look at these new photos. The Walking Dead returns with the back half of Season 7 on Sunday, February 12 at 9 PM ET on AMC.