Morgan (Lennie James) is properly introduced to King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his terrifying man-eating pigs in the latest trailer for The Walking Dead Season 7. The trailer shows the same two members of The Kingdom who ran into Morgan and Carol at the end of Season 6, leading the pair into this surreal sanctuary. We only get a brief glimpse at these horrifying pigs chowing down on some unlucky victim, but if this brief trailer wasn't enough, we also have a new poster featuring Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), along with a new photo.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who revealed that the The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere represents an extended introduction to his iconic character Negan. We won't know who Negan's victim is from the Season 6 finale until the Season 7 premiere, but there is so much more fans will learn about Negan in the premiere, aside from who he killed. Here's what Jeffrey Dean Morgan had to say.
"This introduction will continue through the first episode for sure, and it's just kind of Negan setting the rules and telling everybody this is how it's going to be, and if you don't follow these rules this is what's going to happen. He's going to make a real clear example that everyone is going to understand, but he's going to do it with a little bit of flair and panache that only Negan can have. So basically what you're going to look at is picking up right where we left off. You're not going to have to wait. Once we sit through the six months, on October 23 you're going to know and that will be that. But you're going to see a lot more of Negan. I think we saw 12 or 15 minutes of him establishing himself and how this new world is going to be for the survivors, swinging his d-, pleased to meet you. We just touched on it. I think the premiere will answer all the questions you need to know, immediate questions about who Negan is. They're in Negan's world now. Simply put, the premiere is continuing that speech in a way that I don't think the audience is going to be ready for. Not only are you going to see who is on the receiving end of Lucille, but you will see how Negan's mind is working, and it is constantly working. One thing I will say about Negan is he's no dummy, you know? In a game of chess, he's two moves ahead."
Before we met Negan in the The Walking Dead Season 6 finale, this leader of The Saviors was referenced several times, after Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew met the Hilltop Colony members. Rick was quite confident that he could handle Negan and his people, but he was most definitely wrong, as the Saviors set a trap for Rick and 10 other members of his crew, leading to the death of one beloved character. Jeffrey Dean Morgan went on to say this about how things will work out in the new episodes, and how Negan will be explored as a character.
"We're going to find this out. We're going to actually find out a lot more about his world. The last six seasons we've followed Rick and his band of merry men. Now you're going to find out in that time Negan has been running his own show in his own way and coming across all sorts of people and taking care of business. So he has created his army of followers and some are probably reluctant followers, and if they're reluctant followers he has a way to deal with that as well. If you read the comic books a lot of this isn't coming as a huge surprise, but we'll get to see a little bit of that. So basically Negan is going to impose his will one way or another. So in finding out more about Negan, we'll find out how his life has been since the zombie apocalypse started, since the outbreak began, and we'll find out sort of how Negan has come to be who he is. He rules with an iron fist and a sense of humor. He's a very charismatic guy. But a lot of those questions will be answered and more are coming, but we're going to find out some backstory very quickly on how the Saviors operate and how Negan operates. I think by mid-season or so a lot of those questions will be answered."
If that wasn't enough, we also have a new Negan-centric poster for The Walking Dead Season 7, along with a new photo of Negan himself. Hopefully we'll see more of Negan, and these vicious man-eating pigs from The Kingdom as we get closer and closer to the Season 7 premiere on Sunday, October 23. Take a look at the trailer and photos below.