Spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 9 follow.
The midseason 7 premiere of The Walking Dead ended on a note all too familiar for fans of AMC series: a cliffhanger.
Rick Grimes and his pals found themselves surrounded in uncharted territory by a heavily armed band of new faces. Before the end credits took the screen, Rick looked out at the sea of threatening bodies and rather than appearing threatened or scared, the Sheriff grinned with an apparently genuine sense of cheer.
"Very quickly, we get introduced to a new group and Rick has to think very much on his feet as to how to deal with this unique community because it's not like any other community he's met before," Lincoln said.
As for whether or not they are friend or foe, Lincoln is reluctant to admit with absolute certainty. He does tease, however, that we will "find out very quickly."
Nicotero, on the other hand, was more revealing in his description of this new group. "Of course the end of the episode, when they get surrounded, and Rick smiles," Nicotero said. "He's smiling because there's his army. However you cut it, he's gonna make sure that those people are on his side."
This group which appeared to be a threat might be the key component Rick needs to take on Negan and his Saviors! Rise up, Alexandria!
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