With new episodes of The Walking Dead right around the corner, the coming season promises to be bigger than ever. The time of Rick's group being the sole focus of the show is over and Negan's reign will ring in new communities, threats, and hardships for our beloved survivors to encounter.
The writer and creator of the AMC and comic series is getting just as hyped as any of us for the upcoming season and has one word to describe it.
"I mean, the word is epic," Robert Kirkman says of The Walking Dead's seventh season.
"The show is expanding," he goes on. "We're introducing the Kingdom, we already have the Hilltop, we're going to be exploring more of the Saviors and the Sanctuary that they live in and more of what goes on around Negan, what his average daily life is, which is extremely interesting."
As Rick quickly learned in the season six finale, there is a lot more world out there than he originally thought. His group is no longer the top dog in the yard and they're far from the only dog.
"What we're finding is there's a lot of civilization out there," Kirkman says. "There are smaller groups here and there that actually have been thriving and it gets to be a little exciting because we're going to be seeing how they've been surviving, and a lot of them have been getting by in a much different way than Rick and his group. So we're meeting these people that have lived in this apocalyptic situation for as long as Rick Grimes and his crew, who we've been following since day one, but we haven't seen their evolution and their progression. And so some of them grow to be like Negan's group, some of them grow to be like Ezekiel's group, some of them grow to be like Gregory's group at the Hilltop, and the differences between these groups, and their ways of life, is going to be a lot of fun to explore this season."
The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season on October 23 at 9 PM ET on AMC. For more insider info and complete coverage all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.