Oh boy, do I have a feeling we’re getting close.
It’s been awhile since anything regarding AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ has come out ever since the season finale cliffhanger which left Negan choosing out of Rick and the Survivors of whom to kill, in Negan’s defence they did slaughter like 40 of Negan’s men after all.
It’s been confirmed by The Walking Dead website that yes the new season will premiere this mid October with this familiar looking image debuting. There will be a ton of news regarding The Walking Dead within the next week as San Diego Comic Con looms and you know what that means folks, a new full length teaser trailer with a great panel.
Speaking of EW, Greg Nicotero the man known mostly for being the guy behind the wacky make-up on all of the zombies we see on the show, talked about the Saviors and who they are for all the non-comic book enthusiasts (without spoilers), Nicotero is also one of the most highly regarded Directors on the show, he said:
“The Saviors, as sadistic as they may appear, they have a system that works for them. Yeah, they’re fucked up and they’re a little weird, but they’ve been doing this for a long time and they have a very large group. It’s not like it’s a pocket of 10 or 12 people. They have a good thing going and the most interesting thing about them for me is there’s mythos involved with them. It’s like, you hear about this guy Negan, just like you hear about this guy Rick, and you hear about these people. There’s a lot of that involved in Season 7.”
Nicotero expands on the point behind the word of mouth and the mere mentioning of character names through the communities:
“It’s the mystery and the word-of-mouth that has spread along the countryside about these people, because that’s just as much a character point as it is meeting these guys, is hearing about them,” says Nicotero. “Oh I heard there’s this guy Negan and you got to give him half your stuff or he kills somebody just to prove his point. You know, I think that is as interesting as actually seeing the inner workings of how these places exist.”
With the introduction of The Saviors, The Hilltop and soon to be Kingdom it really is expanding the world of which The Walking Dead is set much like Game of Thrones, gone are the days of an entire season being based upon one measly farm that’s for sure.
“Negan even says to Rick in the finale, ‘Oh, so you’re the guy that went out there, and you’re the guy that took out my guys, and you’re the guy that did this.’ So, Negan has heard of Rick. Rick has recently heard of Negan. So there’s a little sort of caste system of this castle over here and this castle over here and these guys have heard about them.”
“The nice thing about this season is you will get a chance to see some of these inner workings of these different worlds and these communities and really get a chance to see how much they know about the rest of the world,” says Nicotero. “I think that’s a really good theme for season 7 which is, nobody really knows what the world has in store for them out there. So, the audience, just like these people, goes through these journeys.”
The Walking Dead: Season 7 returns October 9th.