We're only days away from the Walking Dead Season 7 finale, which means that a lot of the conflicts that have been building behind the scenes are about to come to a head. We have Rick and the Alexandrians, Ezekiel and the folks at the Kingdom, Jadis and her crew, and all the Saviors. Something is bound to go pretty badly for some of them. Now, The Walking Dead has released a sneak peek of what's on the way in Sunday's finale, and it points to Negan and Lucille going nuts again.
In the sneak peek, Negan visits Sasha in her cell in The Sanctuary, bearing a breakfast plate and some foreboding news about his plans for the day. Apparently, Negan's mystery informant gave him enough that he feels the need to strike against Rick ASAP to re-teach the lesson from the Season 7 premiere. As it turns out, however, Negan isn't looking to use Sasha's head for batting practice. He has a different plan for her, saying this:
No one's gonna want to watch you die. I don't want to see that, so you don't have to, but someone does. Maybe a couple others, tops. But not you and not most people. We are gonna help solve some shit.
All things considered, the sneak peek (courtesy of EW) gives the impression that Negan's plan for the Season 7 finale has a lot of similarities to his plan back in the Season 6 finale. Last season, he revealed that he had a few of Rick's people in his clutches and was planning on bashing the bejesus out of someone. This season, he has Sasha, and it sounds like he's ready for some more bashing. He's even being upfront about the fact that he might not just stop at the one brutal murder. Given how Rick didn't seem to learn his lesson after Glenn and Abraham, maybe Negan will need to go for three or even finally take Carl's arm as he threatened way back in the beginning off the season.
Of course, Rick and Co. will be more prepared this time around. Rick still has most of his fighters at his disposal, and he already knows that Negan has Sasha, so it won't come as a surprise. With possible reinforcements coming from other settlements and the wild card that is Dwight - assuming Daryl doesn't smother him to death with a dog-food stained sweatshirt - the Alexandrians do stand a chance against Negan.
That said, the odds are pretty good that the good guys won't all escape scot-free. For one thing, Negan probably isn't going to die after only one season as the Walking Dead big bad. For another thing, he does still have a pretty loyal army at his disposal. Even if Rick and Co. somehow win the day in the season finale, we can bet that they'll take their losses. Considering Sasha's precarious position, willingness to die to avenge Abraham, and Sonequa Martin-Green's casting on another show, I'm feeling pretty nervous for Sasha.
Tune in to AMC on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET to see the grand Walking Dead season finale. Showrunner Scott Gimple has already said that we won't be in for another infuriatingly vague cliffhanger like we were stuck with last year, so at least we have that going for us. Check out our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule for a look at all your other viewing options, and don't forget to take a look at our rundown of the 2017 TV cancellations and renewals so far.