We’re almost there, Horror Freaks! After a midseason hiatus that started last December, The Walking Dead will be returning to AMC Sunday night for the second half of Season 7! While the show’s viewership dipped following the Episode 1 assassinations of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun), and what was considered an exceptionally depressing story-arc, we’re being titillated by hints at an impending confrontation between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan). Get ready to rise up, because all-out war is on the horizon!
If you just can’t wait until Sunday, you can check out a preview clip for Episode 9, followed by an extensive synopsis, below.
Official Synopsis: The highly anticipated mid-season premiere of the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49, AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” launches Sunday, February 12th, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. In the debut episode, #7.09, “Rock in the Road,” Rick and the group are led to a new community where they are introduced to its inhabitants and ruler. A familiar face resurfaces.
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.