With one of television's biggest weekly audiences, The Walking Dead is coasting along, possibly past the point where the only thing likely to end it is an actual worldwide apocalypse where the dead rise up and turn humanity into a grungy skeleton of what it once was. But, instead of having the "Which one of your friend group would be Rick?" conversation, we're going to look into our barb wire-wrapped crystal ball to look as far as we can into the future, focusing specifically on Season 7 of The Walking Dead, which nabbed its renewal when Season 6 was just three episodes deep. It's finally here!

Spoiler warning for anyone who isn't caught up on The Walking Dead or read through the corresponding arc of the comic book series, as updated episode info is on this first page, along with other related details.

What's Coming Up On The Walking Dead Season 7?

For next week's episode "Say Yes," The Walking Dead will send some out to search for supplies and guns, so that Rick can gather more people for his anti-Negan cause. One character is forced to make a decision that causes a a conflict with morals. That could mean anything at this point.

What Happened During The Most Recent Walking Dead Season 7 Episodes?

The Walking Dead's Season 7 premiere did exactly what it was supposed to do as far as answering the big question of who Negan killed, and it was done in a truly unsettling manner, with both Abraham and Glenn taking Lucille to the dome. Rick was put through some mental torture from Negan to further break him down to a point when the only option is obeying. It worked, for now, and the group is now a shadow of its former self.

For "The Well," the show visited The Kingdom and introduced viewers to the wise and boisterous King Ezekiel, a leader who uses optimism to keep his community happy. Morgan and Carol are welcomed, and while Morgan takes to the serenity of The Kingdom, Carol is wary, until Ezekiel shared his story with her and won her over. (At least partly.) Now she's living just outside, while Morgan has taken on an apprentice within.

The introduction of The Sanctuary was the main thrust of "The Cell," where viewers got to learn a little bit more about Dwight and a lot more about Negan's full grasp of mental torture. Daryl is being held in a windowless room, forced through sleepless days by loud music and a dog food-filled diet. But no matter how much Negan and the Saviors break Daryl physically, he won't join them. After we learned about Dwight's history with Negan, and how it connected to Sherry and Dwight's facial scars, it's clear that Negan's methods could come back to haunt him.

"Service" was a super-sized episode that needed every extended minute for all the great comic moments, as this was Negan's first visit to Alexandria. He and his Saviors were mental menaces, of course, parading a mute Daryl around like an organ grinder's monkey, making leering gestures and comments towards the women, and taking more than they needed from the town's infirmary and armory. Things almost got hectic over some missing guns, but no one was punished too horribly. Rick, who got to hold Lucille for a while, made a big confession to Michonne, who had her own interesting developments. And Father Gabriel proved his rise in worth with some quick thinking.

Taking viewers back to the Hilltop Colony, "Go Getters" caught viewers up with the post-premiere goings-on of Maggie and Sasha. The former is healthy, with her grief turning to anger, while the latter is much the same way. Maggie has a confrontation with the pigheaded and cowardly Gregory, who stole Glenn's pocketwatch from his grave, while Sasha sends Jesus off on a mission to find The Sanctuary. Little did he know going into it that Carl had the exact same plan, as the teenager is sick of Negan's rule and wants to do something about it, and not even smooching Enid could change that.

In last week's "Hostiles and Calamities," Eugene took center-stage for a trip to the Sanctuary that went surprisingly better than he could have hoped for. He won Negan over with a plan for the walker fence, created some poison pills, watched a man burn to death and then aligned himself with Negan's rule. Elsewhere in that setting, Dwight took a whooping for Daryl's escape, though it was later revealed that Sherry was the one who let him go. Sherry is also now gone, leaving behind only a note to tell Dwight he'd lost his way. And that note was the one used to get Dr. Carson burned to death, with Dwight double-crossing the physician.

When Will The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere?

For the past four years, The Walking Dead has kicked its seasons off on the second Sunday in October, just in time for AMC's Halloween-themed marathons. At Comic-Con in San Diego this summer, it was announced that Season 7 would debut October 23, 2016. Get those costumes ready, kiddos, because Halloween Monday is going to be full of chatter about whatever happened on the show.

What Have We Seen From Season 7 So Far?

Below is the first trailer that was released for Season 7, with the trailers released afterward barely doing more than showing Negan and other characters who weren't in danger of being killed. But now that the premiere is out, you can go and watch it right now on AMC's website for free without a subscription. That probably won't happen with other episodes, so take advantage.

Other than that, though, there has just been a full shot of King Ezekiel, as played by Khary Payton. But we expect there will be much more to come as far as footage goes in the weeks leading up to the premiere, even if a lot of it just reuses dark and blurry footage from Negan's big scene.

What New Characters Will Be Introduced In Season 7?

When Season 7 is unleashed upon viewers, there are definitely going to be new survivors coming into contact with Rick and the rest, with some sharing virtuous ideals and others...not so much. First up, we know we're getting a lot more out of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan, so that counts. (More on him later, though.) Some characters' live-action existences have been revealed, while others hinted at by casting calls remain a mystery. Let's go through some of them.

Aside from the foul-mouthed tyrant Negan, arguably the most important character we'll likely meet is "King" Ezekiel, as seen above looking oh so sharp on his throne. Rumor has it Episode 3 is when viewers will first get to see his home zone, dubbed The Kingdom, which was seen in small chunks during the trailer. That's also where those armor-laden guys that Morgan met in Season 6 come from. Without getting too deep into where Ezekiel's story goes, we can just say he's another man-in-charge, and a very likable one at that. He has a tiger named Shiva, too, which showrunner Scott Gimple was keen on using for the show. An animatronic tiger was reportedly seen on set during the early weeks of Season 7 filming, and Shiva's CGI-and-practical-puppet presence was confirmed at Comic-Con. (And thereafter rewarded by PETA.)

A recent casting notice shared that a new character named "Jennie" would be introduced in Episode 6, and that she would be a perky teenager who has remained optimistic, despite all of the awfulness surrounding her, but she isn't as naive as that description might imply. Also during Episode 6, we'll get to meet another older survivor by the name of "Naomi" that has watched just about everyone she knew and loved die, which gives her an unexpected edge and grip on survival. There's someone named "Rodgers" coming, too, and he'll be a horseback-riding hardass who is determined to keep everyone he knows safe; this is most likely The Kingdom's Richard from the comics.

It's unclear if any of the others will correspond to comic characters, but speaking of, there are a couple of Hilltop Colony residents that viewers will hopefully get the privilege to meet soon. One is the local blacksmith -- yes, a blacksmith -- named Earl, who's a genial guy that makes weapons and could possibly play a role in Carl's future. Karen Ceesay's Bertie, who has already made an appearance, is probably a stand-in for the comic character Brianna, who becomes one of Maggie's closer friends; but if she isn't, then expect that character to pop up. The Saviors also bring out some more noteworthy characters as time goes by, such as Mark, who suffers a facial fate similar to Dwight, and Amber, the girl on the other side of that awfulness. There's Carson, another higher-up in the villainous group who has a pretty important function at some point in the future. (Not vague at all.) And there's another memorable (and dark) scene in the comics that involves a douche named David, so he might show up.

The trailer shows us some of these new faces, especially through the Kingdom residents and Negan's Saviors. But it's unclear if any of these will remain notable or if they're largely just background actors.

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