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For the second half of The Walking Dead Season 5, Rick’s survivors were brought into Alexandria for a small dose of pre-apocalypse living, but the first half of Season 6 showed audiences just how much can go wrong in a short amount of time. When the show returns, the walkers will be taking Alexandria’s streets by storm, and it looks like a change of scenery will be coming fairly soon after. Here’s one of the new promo images AMC released.
This thing that almost looks like the bottom of a UFO is likely some kind of a satellite or radio dish, or maybe the bottom of a helicopter pad (as someone pointed out in the comments); in any of those cases, the functionality of the thing is questionable in the present day. The point is, we haven’t seen it before on the show, and it will likely show up somewhere in the Hilltop Colony, which is likely the next location some of the characters will be headed to for a while. It’s there we can expect to find Xander Berkeley’s Gregory, the slimy bastard, as well as other new characters and more information about the dreaded Negan. (Dreaded to these people, but highly anticipated for viewers.)
Of course, a random and cryptic image of the bottom of something doesn’t necessarily mean a change in location, but there were two other images shared on the show’s Instagram page that also indicate travel and movement.
Not a lot of bumper to bumper traffic in Alexandria these days, so this is obviously a shot taken outside of the community and is presumably in a less suburban area. The RV is a nice callback to the days of yore when Dale’s RV was a source of travel and shelter. It’s not the same kind, though, so don’t go expecting any flashbacks.
The third shot is of Morgan on horseback, riding through another non-suburban location. This is also a nice callback, this time to Rick on his horse in the series premiere, and definitely implies that Morgan survives the zombie attack in the first episode. Not a big surprise there, since he and Carol still have some unfinished business to take care of in the future.
The Hilltop Colony opens up a new narrative path that features some excellent moments and character beats, so get your bags packed up and ready to travel, as The Walking Dead will return to AMC for its heartbreaking premiere and the remainder of Season 6 on Sunday, February 14, at 9 p.m. ET. To see when everything else is premiering over the next few months, check out our midseason TV schedule.