The seventh season of The Walking Dead opened with Rick and his group demoralized and broken following the brutal deaths of Glenn and Abraham at the hands of Negan, leader of the saviors. However, the mid-season finale concluded with Rick and company summoning the will and courage to mobilize and begin formulating a plan to retaliate against the Saviors. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, star Andrew Lincoln discussed what fans can expect in the back half of the season and teased a “jig” worthy moment in the season finale.
Andrew Lincoln discussed the tone for the second half of season seven.
“It’s probably the opposite of what you just witnessed. Certainly from Rick’s point of view. You see a man in action again with some of the members of his closest family.”
Lincoln elaborated on Rick’s journey through the rest of the season.
“There’s a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you’ve ever seen before in Mr. Grimes. There’s sort of a freedom in him, a feeling that comes from losing everything, and also the thrill of the fight. It’s the thrill of the fight again. He’s back in. All I’m saying is that the band is back together.”
Lincoln expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming slate of episodes.
“There are several episodes that I loved being involved in and it certainly feels very much more like a show that I knew and recognized in the back eight. I loved the episodes that I was in.”
Though slim on details, Lincoln did offer fans a tease for the season seven finale.
“It’s The Magnificent Seven in the back half. Rather, the magnificent eight episodes. Wait till [episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”
While the tone of the first half of season seven was depressing, to say the least, if Andrew Lincoln’s enthusiasm is any sign, it appears fans can look forward to a few more triumphant moments for our heroes.
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The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on February 12, 2017 on AMC.