AMC has just released the official synopsis for The Walking Dead‘s seventh season, and it lines up perfectly with what we’ve been hearing from the cast and the show’s producers over the last few months. You can check it out below but don’t click away just yet, as I will be giving my thoughts on it at the end of this article.
“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.”
Wow. This sure sounds like Negan and the saviors are going to be one mighty pill to swallow for our survivors. But notice how the synopsis only ever specifically talks about the first half of season seven. The second half isn’t mentioned at all. From this, I think we can infer that by about episode eight, the group will have recovered from the loss of whoever Negan killed and be ready to strike back. I’m going to use a quote from Rick Grimes himself to describe how I expect this to go down.
“They’re going to feel pretty stupid when they find out they’re fu–ing with the wrong people.” (Season 4)
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