Friday 9 December 2016

Questions we need answered in The Walking Dead's season seven opener

Warning: Contains Spoilers from the comics and The Walking Dead season finale Last Day on Earth.

Published 23/10/2016 | 17:04

The Walking Dead season seven
The Walking Dead season seven
Melissa McBride as Carol in the season seven trailer of The Walking Dead
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in The Walking Dead
Ezekiel and Shiva the tiger in The Walking Dead season seven
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in season five of The Walking Dead

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I'm not emotionally ready for the return of The Walking Dead. I thought I was, but I'm not. It's been nearly six months of waiting to find out whose story has come to an end in the most talked about cliffhanger since JR was shot. So here are some questions we'll need answered by the time the season premiere rolls around tonight. (Disclaimer: TWD airs in the US on Sunday and in the UK and Ireland on Monday night, so good luck tiptoeing around spoilers all day Monday).

1. Who died?

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Well, this one is obvious, but we're finally going to find out which of the 11 characters dies when TWD returns to our screens. As a generation who have grown accustomed to binge watching, we're not big on cliffhangers - especially one that will reportedly change the entire direction of the show.

Even Rick Grimes isn't exempt from the pressure.

"An hour doesn’t go by some days where I don’t get questions about who Negan killed. It’s become part of my daily routine,” Andrew Lincoln told TheWrap.

Producers have promised us it's going to be a tear-jerker. Greg Nicotero said: "I can tell you from the position of the director's chair, it was by far the most emotional episode that I've ever shot." That is some seriously big talk in a show where we've seen Carl kill his own zombified mother after giving birth to his little sister, 12-year-old Sophia went missing only for her to have been turned in the barn on Hershel's farm and we've said goodbye to more good characters than we can count.

2. And what does it mean for the rest of the cast?

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Show bosses have teed up this supposedly hear-twrenching episode as a shift in the entire story.

"There's some great drama that stems from that exact moment," Nicotero added.

Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl (and better be alive at the end of tonight's episode) said the season premiere sheds light on the fact that TWD is much bigger than Rick Grimes and Alexandria.

"They realize they are not driving the car," he said. “There is somebody else who has a lot more territory than they do who is calling the shots. It’s super interesting and great that there is a character that is going to put fear into them.

"One of my favorite parts of the season six finale is watching Rick be not in control. Rick has led these people for so long, and he might have just led them all into the water to drown."

3. What exactly are these other communities and why is there a tiger?

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We know from the comics that Ezekial and Shiva The Tiger are part of The Kingdom and a major player in Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series. But what does it mean for our favourites?

"It’s the biggest community that we’ve ever come upon. Carol and Morgan show up there and it’s thriving, and it’s alive, and it’s vibrant," Nicotero said.4

4. Will Carol and Morgan be safe there? Do we even care anymore?

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Carol is our queen of the zombie apocalypse but her newly developed conscience isn't particularly inspiring in a man-eat-man world. Don't even get me started on Morgan.

5. Are Rick and co really the bad guys after all?

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This might be the toughest question of all seeing as we've been rooting for the gang for seven years, but have we been cheering on the wrong people all along?

They did break into a fortress only to stab people in the head in their sleep, then burn the rest alive. It's an interesting angle to explore and one I hope we'll get an answer on, or at least know if we're thinking outside the box, after tonight's episode. That is if we're even still thinking about anything but watching someone being beaten to death by Lucille.

Not able.

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