The Walking Dead fans were excited when it was revealed that King Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva would be debuting on the series. Unfortunately, viewers did not see much of the theatrical king in the first half of the season, though that may change now that several groups are expected to unite in the war against Negan and the Saviors. Now, actor Khary Payton has posted a new image on Twitter to satisfy fans who may eager to see both characters return until the series resumes next month.
The photo features Payton as King Ezekiel taking a selfie with the animatronic Shiva. At least, we assume that’s not a real tiger. You can check out the post below!
Who's a pretty kitty? pic.twitter.com/uoKUn1lUV8
— Khary Payton (@kharypayton) January 27, 2017
Are looking forward to return of King Ezekiel and Shiva?
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.