Tonight marks the midseason finale of The Walking Dead's seventh season -- which arrived as the most anticipated show of the year on the heels of Season 6's epic cliffhanger introduction of Negan.
Since the season began, Negan has slain two key members of the Alexandria group and continued to bully the Safe-Zone into giving him half of their stuff. New communities such as the Kingdom and Oceanside have been introduced (plus wherever Rick and Aaron are).
Ending the penultimate episode a week ago, Negan sat comfortably on the front porch of an Alexandria home with Rick's daughter Judith in his arms and a menacing smirk glued to his face. Everything is in place for a fairly explosive finale compared to the relatively quiet previous six episodes.
Episode 7x08 is called Hearts Still Beating. The official synopsis reads, "Negan’s unwelcome visit to Alexandria continues as other members scavenge for supplies; things quickly spin out of control."
Going along with the expectations, a couple of well known faces are in great danger heading into the finale. With Spencer's comic book arc set to play out in a gutsy way, one has to wonder if the team at AMC might throw in a curveball for those comic book fans by switching the kill or adding another. That said, Spencer has been lining himself for his iconic death throughout the past few episodes flawlessly.
No characters have died since Negan brought down his bat on the skulls of Glenn and Abraham. Given the blood on Negan's face in the preview for Episode 7x08, it's safe to assume he unleashed some sort of hell on an another unlucky Alexandrian. Everyone is hoping against hope that it isn't Judith -- which executive producer Gale Anne Hurd teases being a possibility. But, hey, at least he shaved!
Other storylines which promise to payoff before the show's hiatus are Daryls escape from the Sanctuary with mysterious and unexpected aid and Michonne's quest for vengeance as she left Alexandria to hunt Negan.
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