After the gut-wrenching drama of The Walking Dead‘s seventh season premiere, the series took what may have been a much needed break from our core group of heroes to explore new community’s such as King Ezekiel’s Kingdom and Negan’s Sanctuary. Next week, the series will return to Rick and the group from Alexandria for first time since their encounter with the Saviors. Now, AMC has released six new photos from the upcoming 90-minute episode.
The episode is titled “Service” and while the images do not reveal much, they do tease that Negan will be making his first visit to Alexandria, expecting an offering that will meet his satisfaction.
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Up until this point, our characters have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.
To start Season Seven, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.
The first half of Season Seven sees our group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.
Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.
The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.
The Walking Dead airs on Sunday at 9:00 pm ET on AMC.