Season 7 of The Walking Dead has been a doozy. After months of waiting to find out Negan's victims, we were given a season unlike any other. For the first time in the TWD's long tenure, Rick Grimes and his group seemed utterly powerless and subservient. The Saviors' forces were revealed to be absolutely massive, causing Rick and many from his group to give up hope that Alexandria would ever live independently again. But the midseason finale saw the group reunited at the Hilltop and seemingly ready to rise up against Negan. So will that mean Rick will finally be himself again? According to actor Andrew Lincoln, yes it does.

Andrew Lincoln recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly about what to expect from the back half of The Walking Dead Season 7. Apparently we're about to see a brand new Rick Grimes who is going to kick ass and take names.

There's a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you've ever seen before in Mr. Grimes. There's sort of a freedom in him, a feeling that comes from losing everything, and also the thrill of the fight. It's the thrill of the fight again. He's back in. All I'm saying is that the band is back together.

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Does anybody else have goosebumps? Rick is back, and he just might be better than ever. Thank goodness for that.

Rick Grimes was basically a shell of himself in Season 7's first half. He felt utterly defeated by Negan and The Saviors, and responsible for the deaths of Glenn and Abraham. While characters like Michonne and Rosita were ready to fight back, Rick believed it was futile. Instead, he focused on gathering supplies for The Saviors in an attempt to save the residents of Alexandria from another senseless killing. This was a bit frustrating for fans of the sheriff's deputy, but those diehards will be rewarded when The Walking Dead finally returns.

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Andrew Lincoln also revealed that the rest of Season 7 will also feel very different from the first half. With the group reunited and planning to finally revolt against Negan, all of the set up we had to sit through will presumably pay off. Many fans were frustrated with Season 7's pace and use of capsule episodes, but Lincoln makes it seem like it's all worth it.

It's The Magnificent Seven in the back half. Rather, the magnificent eight episodes. Wait till [episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.

Well, it looks like the group is making a comeback, and Negan and his allies better watch their back. The cast has been vocal about their depression while filming the bleak first half of the season, and if Lincoln is doing a jig when reading the scripts, then Rick and company probably have a victory or two ahead of them.

The Walking Dead will return to AMC February 12th.

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