Surely, when The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season, the entire episode can't be Negan swinging his bat around playing eenie-meenie-minie-moe. We have an hour to fill, people.
So, what else is going on in The Walking Dead's Season 7 premiere, besides people getting their heads bashed in?
During an exclusive interview with Aaron actor Ross Marquand, we posed that exact question and got the scoop on what else we can expect on the night of The Walking Dead's return. Here's what he had to say:
I think it's the complete emasculation of Rick and you get to see a huge power shift in the group. What you'll see is that the entire way their society has been structured, the power and the leadership roles, will now be completely thrown on their head. I think people are going to have to adapt to that. People are going to have to look at that world and say, "Is this something that I can truly assimilate into or am I going to have massive issues with this new world that Negan has laid out before us?"
Truthfully Negan has a very simple premise that he's put in front of these people. He says, "Give me half of your things or I'll kill you." For some people in the apocalypse or otherwise, namely Rick's group and Rick specifically, that's a hard pill to swallow. The idea of giving half of your things to someone who has not earned it and has earned it only through intimidation and fear and other violence and brutality, that's going to be something that some people have a difficult time grasping and they're going to have to decide how they're going to work in this new society.
Rick's fall from the high horse will certainly be prominent in the episode but in addition to his dealing with the New World Order, we may also get a look at what Melissa McBride's Carol is up to. “In the first three episodes, I think we'll get a real good idea of where everybody's at,” McBride says.
The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season on October 23 at 9 PM ET on AMC. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.