Horror Freaks and zombie fans have been chomping at the bit for the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which has been on a midseason hiatus since last December. While many think Season 7 sent the show into a lull, excitement is sky-high, as we’ve been told that things are about to change: All-out war is on the horizon, and a showdown between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) is eminent!
As if we needed another reason to tune in tomorrow, AMC is having a contest: Win a chance to play a Walker on the 100th Episode of The Walking Dead! Check out yesterday’s press release below for details:
Press Release: NEW YORK, NY – February 10, 2017 – AMC announced today “The Walking Dead” Play Dead Sweepstakes, which will give four lucky fans a chance to each win a walk-on role as a walker in the 100th episode of “The Walking Dead,” as well as round-trip airfare to the series’ set in Atlanta, GA , two-nights’ lodging accommodation and $500 cash.* The sweepstakes kicks off during the series’ highly-anticipated mid-season premiere on Sunday, February 12th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and will conclude on Monday, April 3rd at 5:59am ET.
Fans can enter the sweeps by watching new episodes of “The Walking Dead” every Sunday, beginning February 12, and looking for two code words which will appear during the commercial breaks for each episode. Fans can then visit www.amc.com/PlayDeadSweepstakes to submit the words shown on screen for a chance to win. There will be new code words every week and by entering each week, through Monday, April 3rd at 5:59am ET, fans can earn up to eight entries in the grand prize drawing.
The final eight episodes of “The Walking Dead” season seven kick off on Sunday, February 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT immediately followed by the mid-season premiere of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist).
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the fifth year in a row. “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series, which has been heralded by critics as “an honest-to-God phenomenon” (Variety), “relentless and provocative” (Orlando Sentinel) and “brilliantly engaging” (TheHollywoodNews.com), is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
*Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. The sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States and Canada, with the exception of Quebec.
As for this Sunday’s return of The Walking Dead, check out a preview for Episode 9, along with an extended synopsis of the rest of Season 7, 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.