Way back in season 1 of The Walking Dead, during the Robert Kirkman-disavowed CDC-centric finale, fearless leader Rick Grimes thanked Dr. Edwin Jenner for allowing them to leave his soon-to-explode facility so they could live on. Jenner replied, “The day will come when you won’t be.”
Turns out, the season 7 premiere is that day.
The much-hyped episode, which is titled after Jenner’s quote and had its synopsis revealed today, will show, after an agonizing six months, the victim (victims?) of Negan and his barbed-wire bat Lucille. Fans got a taste of the opening minutes in the recently-released clip from the show’s New York Comic-Con panel.
The scene is a long one between Rick and Negan, with Rick threatening to kill Negan, the Saviors’ leader ominously grabbing a hatchet from another, and dragging Rick into his camper for a “talk.” There was nary a hint about who Negan killed, only the blood-soaked Lucille. Here is the full (although “full” is a relative term here) synopsis for the episode.
“Last season ended with Rick and our group kneeling helplessly before Negan and his group. What Negan does will haunt those who survive forever.”
“The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” will kick off The Walking Dead‘s seventh season Sunday, October 23rd, at 9 p.m. and will run longer than 60 minutes. It is followed by a 90-minute episode of Talking Dead, featuring creator Robert Kirkman, showrunner Scott Gimple and Negan himself Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Our review will be online shortly after its airing.