Following a couple of isolated episodes one in the Kingdom and then the other in Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) cell, worlds will once again be colliding with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) about to reunite in an all-new “The Walking Dead.”
The Saviors and their very suave leader arrive in Alexandria barely a week after the horrible double death that Negan handed them. In the promo clip for the episode dubbed “Service,” Aaron (Ross Marquand) is manning the gate when the Saviors show up and Negan demands to be let in. Obviously still full of hatred for the man who ruthlessly killed Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steve Yeun) just recently, a brief intense moment passes until Rick comes in. Despite having his shoulders squared and reeking of defiance, he eventually lets Negan in. The clip then pans out to his men with one frame showing a very disheveled Daryl beside Dwight (Austin Amelio). The installment has been extended and will be an 85-minute spectacle so it is safe to assume that quite a lot will be happening.
It will be interesting to see how Negan’s first encounter with the rest of the Alexandrians will go down more so when they know the Saviors are on their turf but cannot do anything about their abhorrence towards their current arch nemesis. Furthermore, one of their own in Daryl is still being dragged by the Saviors and any outburst could lead to a third casualty in the span of less than a week.
“We’ve always seen Rick making the choices as to whether he wants to leave or not and what the premiere proved is that it’s Negan’s world that they’re living in now,” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd told Entertainment Tonight of the shift in leadership in this season of “The Walking Dead.” “That was the brutal reckoning that made it very clear to Rick that things had changed completely…. It is very much about Rick and the choices that he has made and has to accept and to realize and where he is in this new world order.”
Rick has made it clear to everyone that he is no longer their leader. Still, it would be impossible that he and his team will just willingly bow down to Negan. It is safe to say that it will only be a matter of time before he rises up and concocts a plan to follow up on his threat to the Lucille-wielding man in the season premiere.
“The Walking Dead” season 7 airs every Sunday, 9 p.m. ET on AMC.