There are few shows quite as massively popular as AMC's apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead. And because so many people tune in every week to watch Rick and his group kill zombies and human villains, the long wait between seasons can be almost unbearable. Since Season 6's finale in April, fans have been wondering who Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan killed as well as what to expect for the overall plot of the upcoming Season 7. Marketing and commercials have been a bit tricky for Season 7, as the editors have been unable to use footage of the characters who are in danger, out of fear of spoiling the big cliffhanger. Luckily for us, Walking Dead creator and writer Robert Kirkman has recently given us a hint as to what to expect this season.

Robert Kirkman recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly, where he was asked what Season 7 of the hit drama would entail. Kirkman summed up the season in one word, and then went on to elaborate.

I mean, the word is epic. The show is expanding. We're introducing the Kingdom, we already have the Hilltop, we're going to be exploring more of the Saviors and the Sanctuary that they live in and more of what goes on around Negan, what his average daily life is, which is extremely interesting. What we're finding is there's a lot of civilization out there. There are smaller groups here and there that actually have been thriving and it gets to be a little exciting because we're going to be seeing how they've been surviving, and a lot of them have been getting by in a much different way than Rick and his group. So we're meeting these people that have lived in this apocalyptic situation for as long as Rick Grimes and his crew, who we've been following since day one, but we haven't seen their evolution and their progression. And so some of them grow to be like Negan's group, some of them grow to be like Ezekiel's group, some of them grow to be like Gregory's group at the Hilltop, and the differences between these groups, and their ways of life, is going to be a lot of fun to explore this season.

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Epic huh? Epic is good.

It seems like Season 7 of The Walking Dead is really going to be a departure from what we're used to seeing from the series. Rick and his group have been pretty independent for the past six seasons, with each of their foes eventually being beaten by the group's deadly skills in battle. But now they're playing a new game altogether, as the different communities in the area each try to ensure their own survival. The world has suddenly gotten much bigger, and it will be interesting to see how each community interacts with each other, as well as the villainous Negan.

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But these large communities do offer a glimmer of hope for our heroes. Clearly the residents of Alexandria are ill-equipped to stand up against Negan and The Saviors. But if an alliance can be formed with the other two communities, perhaps they can all team up to finally rid themselves of the brutal Saviors.

The Walking Dead will return to AMC on October 23rd, 2016.

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