The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead offered a fans a glimmer of hope as Rick and his group reunited with a determination to end the rule of Negan and the Saviors. While fans had been introduced to a number of new groups in the first half of season seven, including King Ezekiel and his Kingdom, fans have been teased about an alliance between several groups who will collectively take on Negan’s sinister team. Now, Entertainment Weekly has released a photo from AMC that offers fans their first look at a brand new group and location set to appear during the season’s second half.
The image features Rick Grimes meeting a woman (presumably) in a junk yard setting that has yet to been seen on The Walking Dead to date. Showrunner Scott Gimple would not reveal the character’s identity, but he did explain that the character will cross paths with Rick soon after the series returns.
“I’m just going to say that Rick is going to meet this person and/or persons pretty quickly. The answers are just around the heap. I cannot wait for people to meet this character and to see this actor. There is some formidable fun coming up.”
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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 muchbigger 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.
The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on February 12, 2017 on AMC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly