AMC’s The Walking Dead has been on midseason hiatus for a few months now, and, while fans have been eagerly awaiting any hints at what could possibly happen, the network dropped it all when they released a lengthy synopsis for Season 7B.
“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 much bigger 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.”
In a season that has been plagued with dropping ratings and complaints that it’s moving too slowly, the synopsis offers hope that things will pick up pace. With the promise of the scattered groups coming together in Season 7b, the show will be able to focus on more than just one character or group at a time. War with Negan, a man who has single-handedly scared all of the other survivors into following him, won’t be easy, but we know Rick, and we know that he’s not going down without a fight.
The Season 7B synopsis does leave us wondering if Oceanside will come back into the mix. They, like the other groups, have just as much reason to hate Negan as everyone else, but they made it very clear to Tara that they don’t want any involvement with anyone. We are also left wondering about Heath. Will we see him again? And what about the mysterious person who was following the group and spying on Alexandria. Is it somebody that we know? A stranger? Are they a threat?
Along with the synopsis, a series of images was released for the Season 7B premiere.[gallery size="full" type="slideshow" ids="153042,153043,153044,153045"]
The Walking Dead returns to AMC Sunday, February 12 at 9pm ET/PT.