Having a good day so far? Let AMC ruin it with this depressing synopsis for "The Walking Dead" Season 7.
By now you know Season 7 is starting with the continuation of Negan's Season 6 cliffhanger. It's clear things are going to be super bad before they get even slightly good. But AMC's flagship zombie show likes to follow a 16-episode pattern, with 7A having eight episodes (usually ending on a killer midseason finale before a two-month break) and 7B having eight more episodes. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple has talked about the first half and second half blocks as their own mini seasons, and that's the hope we can keep in mind while reviewing the official Season 7 synopsis.
Because the description for 7A downright sucks. (Tom Payne recently said the start of Season 7 was a graphic horrible downer.)
Here's the full synopsis:
"Up until this point, our characters have lived through conflicts... Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they've become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.
To start Season Seven, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.
The first half of Season Seven sees our group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don't.
Other characters are unaware of what's happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice -- they will learn that they can't escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.
The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn't what they thought it was. It's bigger and it's even more dangerous."
You notice "first half" is emphasized, but the overall theme is "beginning again." Still think this season is leading up to that "badass conflict" Andrew Lincoln mentioned from the comic book, but probably not starting this season because AMC always stretches the story out longer than we initially predict.
"The Walking Dead" Season 7 premieres Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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