It's been a long six months since AMC's The Walking Dead ended in April. The apocalyptic drama ended with a major cliffhanger, as Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan took his barbed wire bat to the head of one of our favorite characters. Since then, fans have been speculating as to which character died- and the wait has been excruciating. Luckily for us, the wait is almost over and The Walking Dead will finally return to answer our questions. And in order to appease the fans who have been (not so) patiently waiting, the first two episodes are going to be longer than normal.
Over on the AMC official website, the schedule for the first two weeks of The Walking Dead has been released. While we already knew that the premiere episode "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" will run for an additional six minutes, we now have details on episode 2. The second episode, titled "The Well" will run 76 minutes with commercials, making it one of the longest episodes to date. So while we're all eager for the season premiere and the answers it will provide, episode 2 may prove to be even more exciting.
Season 7 of The Walking Dead has been heavily hinted as a game changing season of the series. For the first time in the show's long run, Rick and his group of survivors are utterly powerless to Negan and the massive group of Saviors. While we've seen our survivors vanquish threats both human and undead, this will mark a changing point. Rick's bravado and reliance on his group's skills in battle were all misplaced, as Negan has a never ending supply of survivors and resources at his disposal.
Since April's season finale, The Walking Dead cast has been hinting that the group will have a serious change in morale and perspective. Whoever makes it out of the premiere with their heads still attached will be collectively grieving, feeling hopeless, and presumably putting a fair amount of blame on Rick Grimes. Will he have to step down as the leader of Alexandria? Where's Deanna when you need her?
It should be interesting to see exactly how many fatalities occur during next week's premiere episode. While fans originally thought that just one of the main characters would be meeting their grisly end, new theories point to more than one death occurring in the episode's opening moments. Both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Robert Kirkman have heavily implied that Negan would be taking out two characters. And while Morgan has since backtracked his statement, I can't help but think that two deaths are coming. This would help to shock the audience who has already seen just about everything, and will immediately raise the stakes regarding Negan's rule.
The Walking Dead will return to AMC on Sunday, October 23rd.