When it comes to The Walking Dead's fall return, most people are genuinely concerned about who wound up at the end of Negan's deadly bat Lucille. But those not present for this brutal slaying have their own problems to contend with in the sprawling Walking Dead universe. And when we last left Morgan and Carol, they were being whisked away by members of a new colony called The Kingdom. Today, we have a first look at Lennie James' Morgan, and he appears to be clean, clothed and in good health. Something we can't say for his friends at the moment.
We're not sure where Morgan is in this photo. He was last seen accepting help from two armored men on horseback. But where did they take him? Most believe that these two unnamed individuals are from The Kingdom, a new community that is run by the enigmatic King Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva. This could very well be our first look at The Kingdom, and it plays into a plot point executive producer Greg Nicotero told Entertainment Weekly to expect in Season 7.
"The exciting thing about season 7 is we're really opening it up. We started in season 6 by getting a sense that the world was a much larger place. We were laying the seeds for the fact that there is a very big world out there. So, in season 7, we really get a chance to explore those worlds in much greater detail."
In the comics, The Kingdom is a college campus that has been fortified and turned into a survivor's colony, much like the Alexandria Safe-Zone where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew inhabit. The Kingdom is lead by a man named King Ezekiel, a former zookeeper who has a massive tiger known as Shiva at his side. Shiva may be portrayed on the small screen via a mix of live action, animatronics and CGI.
The Kingdom was first introduced in the 108th issue ofThe Walking Dead comics, just eight issues after the introduction of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who we first met in the Season 6 finale and will be a series regular in Season 7. Scott M. Gimple teased in April that the new season will pick up right where the Season 6 finale left off, showing fans who Negan killed in the season finale. In the comics, Negan killed Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), but the identity of his victim wasn't revealed on the show.
AMC hasn't announced a premiere date for The Walking Dead Season 7 quite yet, but, like every previous season, it will most likely debut sometime in mid-October, during the network's annual Fear Fest programming. The first trailer for The Walking Dead Season 7 will arrive on July 22 direct from San Diego Comic-Con. The cast and crew will be on-hand at the convention center for a big Q&A panel that Friday from Hall H. Here's the latest photo from the all-new episodes. Is this our first look at The Kingdom?