In just a few weeks, The Walking Dead Season 7 will finally continue, after a lengthy mid-season hiatus, with the new episode Rock In the Road, airing Sunday February 12 at 9 PM ET on AMC. Today we have a new promo from Fox International Channels, which is the international home of this beloved zombie series, along with details on the next three episodes. As it turns out, the next three episodes will be longer than the traditional 60-minute runtime.
ComicBook.com reports that the midseason premiere "Rock In the Road" will span 73 minutes, airing from 9:00 PM to 10:13 PM ET. The next episode, which doesn't have a title yet, will span six extra minutes for a total of 66 minutes on February 19, airing from 9:00 PM to 10:06 PM ET. The currently untitled 11th episode of Season 7 will add an additional eight minutes for a 68 minute episode, airing on February 26. This isn't terribly surprising, since almost all of this season's episodes have spanned longer than 60 minutes. Jeffrey F. January directs the midseason premiere, with Kari Skogland directing the 11th episode and Greg Nicotero directing the 12th episode.
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. While the show is still one of the most popular on all of television, broadcast and cable alike, the show has suffered a bit of a ratings hit, especially after the brutal Season 7 premiere, which lead viewers to file dozens of FCC complaints. This season has clearly been the most divisive, with the FCC complaints and the ratings decline, but it's still one of the biggest shows on television.
After the Season 7 premiere, where both Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) were killed by Negan, things didn't get much easier for the group. Fearful of losing anyone else to Negan and his barbed wire bat Lucille, Rick followed all of Negan's orders, even bowing before him at times. By the end of the mid-season finale, Rick was ready to fight again, and Andrew Lincoln even teased earlier this month that there is a moment in the season finale script that made him so excited he started punching the air and "dancing a jig." While the actor still won't reveal what this exact moment is, he revealed that the entire season will make a lot more sense once we get to the season finale. Take a look at this new promo for The Walking Dead Season 7, returning Sunday, February 12.