Fans of AMCs “The Walking Dead” waited in line for up to two days before packing into Comic-Con’s Hall H for the show's panel. They were rewarded with the Season 7 trailer of the popular zombie apocalypse drama. Here are the biggest reveals from the panel and trailer. — Susan Hornik
Season 7 will premiere in October and will be split into two halves.
At the panel, it was announced that Season 7 will premiere Sunday, Oct. 23, for eight new, bloody episodes. Writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman promised attendees it would be a “fantastic premiere to a fantastic season." The 16-episode season will be split into two halves, with the second half launching in February 2017.
Negan's victim will be revealed in the premiere.
To the disappointment of the audience, the trailer did not reveal any clues about which character was felled by Negan's baseball bat in the Season 6 finale. Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, promised that the victim will be revealed in the Season 7 premiere. "We all link arms, and it’s a really s--tty start to the season,” he acknowledged. “But hang on, because we are heading to one of the greatest showdowns of the show."
Fans got a first look at King Ezekiel and the Kingdom.
The trailer gave viewers a first look at King Ezekiel (Khary Payton), a popular character from the comic books, and a glimpse of the Kingdom, the area from which hail the armored men who met up with Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) in the season finale.
A character who is neither human nor Walker will be introduced.
Executive produce Gale Anne Hurd revealed that "The Walking Dead” cast will expand in Season 7, with “some interesting non-human characters.” Think feline!
Rick and Michonne's romance will continue.
Executive producer Scott Gimple addressed the interracial relationship between Lincoln’s Rick and Danai Gurira's Michonne, one that has proven to be very popular with the show's fans. He commented, "I wasn’t aware that it would have the impact that it did. I think one of the things we fantasize about the apocalypse is that all of the things that separate us, fall away." Gurira, who felt her character could be romantically linked to Rick early on, added, "Sometimes to change the picture that you usually see onscreen can ruffle people, because it’s change … I hope and believe that it will help break that barrier and allow more of those portrayals to be expressed."
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