'The Walking Dead' season 7 spoilers: Andrew Lincoln teases 'it's always darkest before the dawn' for the series' latest installment


“The Walking Dead” season 7 is just a week away and fans will finally get the information that they have so badly wanted since season 6 wrapped up in April. But once the haze from the latest casualty in the post-apocalyptic show finally settles, series hero Andrew Lincoln says that things will somehow start to pick up for his team.

The British actor who plays leader to the Alexandrians, Rick Grimes, recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to do some press for “The Walking Dead’s” much-anticipated yet highly dreaded return.

“This is a very, very dark season but it’s always darkest before the dawn,” Lincoln shared. “Hang in there, guys, because it’s alive. It feels like there’s a great shape at the moment that [showrunner Scott M. Gimple] is crossing for the show and it’s very, very exciting. It began a few years ago and it’s turned into much more expansive, courageous, and more adventurous storytelling, both time-wise and location-wise.”

Lincoln’s comments mirror that of the recently released synopsis for the season where hope appears to be the standout theme. And while that is quite hard to grasp at this time, considering a lot of Negan-centric (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) promos that highlight his reign over his people and presumably the Alexandrians, it can also be assumed that Rick and the rest of the squad will not just sit around and wait to be bossed around.

Whoever gets introduced to Negan’s beloved barbed wire-wrapped bat, Lucille, at least fans know that it’s not going to be Rick. A snippet of what goes down immediately after the assault that leaves a bloody puddle on the ground shows Rick exchanging heated words with Negan as the show’s new big bad gloats about his power. Unfortunately, even though the former deputy sheriff still is breathing, that does not mean that he will not be suffering at the hands of his new nemesis as he gets dragged for one-on-one time inside Negan’s truck.

Based on the comic books, this is where Rick loses a hand and it is tracking to be just that as Negan brings hatchet with him as he drags Rick. Regardless of what goes down between them behind closed doors, fans know that they will be doing a lot more than just talking.

“The Walking Dead” season 7 will premiere on Oct. 23 and will continue to air every Sunday, 9 p.m. ET on AMC.