The Walking Dead Season 7 took an interesting approach to naming its episodes. Each episode was named after a line in it with one exception. It's not something the show has never done before but on weekly basis through seven weeks is new for the AMC series.
Some of the more infamous titles becoming lines of dialogue in earlier seasons include Nebraska, Thank You, Cherokee Rose, and Too Far Gone.
From the Season 7 premiere on October 23 to the midseason finale on Sunday night, each new hour of the show contained the episode titled being delivered from at least one character.
On the following slides, we break down each episodes title, which character delivered the titular line, and the significance of each statement.
The Day Will Come When You Won't Be
The only exception to The Walking Dead Season 7 delivering the episode titles in the form of a line of dialogue within itself was the Season 7 premiere. However, the Season 7 premiere's title came from another episode, making its significance even more chilling.
In the Season 1 finale, Rick Grimes and the group found themselves trapped in the CDC by Dr. Edwin Jenner. As the building counted down to decontamination, Rick convinced Jenner to free his group and allow them to continue fighting for their lives. When Rick told Jenner he was grateful for the escape, Jenner told him, "The day will come when you won't be."
As we saw in the Season 7 premiere, the day certainly came when most of Rick's group wished themselves dead as Negan bashed in the skulls of their friends and mentally tortured those who survived.
Easily the most fun episode of The Walking Dead's seventh season, The Well's titular line of dialogue was more optimistic than any other.
During Ezekiel's introductory hour, Morgan and Carol were shown around a new and thriving community going by the name of The Kingdom. The line of dialogue which quotes the title belongs to Ezekiel, in this case.
Ezekiel tells his people, "You drink from the well, you replenish the well."
The extravagant but kind leader instructs his people to care for others as they care for themselves. It is what helped build such a successful and content post-apocalyptic community, unlike Negan's Saviors who follow their leader's harsh rules and simply survive.
Episode 7x03 goes without saying. Daryl was trapped in a cell throughout its run time as Negan and the Saviors attempted to break him down and make him their own.
It was Negan who used the word "cell" in the episode, ironically, while Daryl was not in his. When Dwight escorted Daryl to the vacant room in the Sanctuary, he explained the points system to him. It was the description of option number two in which the title was realized as dialogue.
"You get out of your cell, you work for points, but you're gonna wish you were dead," Negan said.
Of course, the significance here is that Daryl did not break and neither did the rest of Alexandria in Season 7A, as we learned in the closing moments which saw Daryl and Rick reuniting and showing the first signs of rebellion against Negan despite his constant bullying and oppression.
Rather than being called "Thank You," (which seems like a much more fitting and emphatic title given Negan's demands throught), Episode 7x04 was called "Service."
The episode followed Negan's first trip to Alexandria as he rounded up mattresses, medicine, and other goods for his Saviors to take back home with them. But, it wasn't Rick's service in escorting Negan around the Safe-Zone which is described in the episode's title, but Negan's protection.
When Negan first arrived at the Safe-Zone, he took out a zombie which he claimed could have killed one of Rick's group and told him that is called, "Service."
This would be a recurring theme with every interaction between Rick and Negan throughout the season.
Episode 7x05 goes to Simon.
While Simon harrassed the cowardly Gregory in his own home, he described Rick's group to him -- a group of people which Gregory was very much aware of and, in fact, was hiding a couple members of the Alexandria bunch in those moments.
"Because the people that killed them, they work for us now," Simon said. "And they are real go getters, you know?"
Simon was right. Maggie and Sasha are both very much go getters, which was on display later in the episode when they helped save the Hilltop from a firey zombie invasion more than anyone else in town.
The Tara-centric Episode 7x06 introduced the audience and Tara to an all-new community in Oceanside. So far, those are the only people who know about it.
Tara ended up fleeing the community, running for her life, but ultimately kept her promise not to tell anybody they existed. In fact, she said, "I swear," in her keeping of the secret.
The swear Tara made is one which will keep the Oceanside community and their stash of weapons a secret from Rick Grimes and company a secret -- at least for now. Seeing as Tara is part of the group which marched into the Hilltop to formulate a plan of attack against Negan, whether or not she holds true to that swear will be a major factor in the war ahead.
Sing Me A Song
The most iconic of all of the titles (besides the premiere) came from Negan in 7x07. The four-word title represented a major moment from the comic books which was realized on the show -- something Season 7 has done more accurately than any season before it.
After Carl snuck off to the Sanctuary and killed a few Saviors, Negan captured him and brought him up to his lair where he would manipulate the little Grimes boy and completely break him down. After demanding Carl expose his scarred eye socket for the first time, he ordered, "Sing me a song."
Carl did just that.
Carl's song to Negan displayed not only Negan's dominance but Carl's obedience. The kid hardly listens to his own father but gave in to Negan.
Hearts Still Beating
One of the best episodes of Season 7 was the midseason finale. For the first time, we had flashes of hope and unity in Alexandria, as the survivors realized they might just be able to take on the Saviors, after all.
Several tiems throughout the episode, Aaron made references to beating hearts, but used the titular words verbatim after taking a beating in Alexandria. For some reason, he froze up when approached by the Saviors and didn't explain himself.
After Rick helped him up, Aaron insisted he was alright because his "Heart's still beating."
Aaron's rise and optimism reflected that of Alexandria entirely. Despite losing two of their own to start and end the first half Season 7, they are ready to rise up and stick together. It's time to fight Negan and the Saviors.