The actor who plays the extavagant king took to Twitter to share a new photo of himself in character as King Ezekiel with the on-set version of Shiva which is not actually a real tiger. The Shiva tiger is almost entirely computerized for the AMC series according to Greg Nicotero. That said, Nicotero is in place to direct the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead which will bring the tiger back to television.
Check out the photo of Khary Payton as King Ezekiel with his jungle cat from the set of The Walking Dead in the photo below!
Who's a pretty kitty? pic.twitter.com/uoKUn1lUV8— Khary Payton (@kharypayton) January 27, 2017
King Ezekiel and his Kingdom community will be a major factor when The Walking Dead returns, seeing as Rick Grimes is going to need to rally as many soldiers as he can to take on Negan and the Saviors.
The official synopsis for the rest of The Walking Dead Season 7 reads...
Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose - to defeat Negan - it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.
We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We'll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.
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The Walking Dead returns for the rest of its seventh season on February 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. Fear the Walking Dead's third season does not yet have a premiere date but with The Walking Dead finale set for April 2, expectations for Fear's return are set for April 9. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.