AMC unveiled the first trailer for The Walking Dead season 7 at the San Diego Comic-Con as well as confirmed its premiere date. The zombie apocalypse drama will debut Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m. and as in the previous seasons, the 16-episode run will be broken into two parts, with the second half airing in February 2017.
The three-minute trailer doesn?t give answers to the burning question that left the fans angry after the Season 6 finale. The trailer opens with the tense scene of Negan choosing his victim and beating the person to pulp with his baseball bat ?Lucille? and the much horrifying scene of blood dripping from his bat. But the fate of 11 characters still hang in the balance as the trailer doesn?t include any clips of them in future episodes.
However, the trailer introduces King Ezekiel portrayed Khary Payton, a new character that the comic book fans may know well. Ezekiel, who has a tiger for a pet, lives in a place called ?The Kingdom? and will apparently be helping Rick and his gang in the showdown against Negan.
The majority of the remaining trailer is focused on Negan, the primary antagonist who wields rather a cult following from his group, the Saviours. There are also scenes of Melissa McBride?s Carol, Lennie James?s Morgan and Alana Materson?s Tara battling the zombies.
Unsurprisingly, so as not to reveal any hints, each of the 11 actors plus Jeffrey Dean Morgan showed up during The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con on Friday.
?It?s a really s—y start to the season,? Andrew Lincoln said, referring to the fact the cast will be losing a member. But, he added, it’s all leading to ?one of the greatest showdowns we’ve had on this show since Terminus.?
Meanwhile, EP Scott Gimple addressed the relationship between Lincoln?s Rick and Danai Gurira?s Michonne, which became one of the most high-profile interracial relationships on TV when the two became romantically involved last season.
?I wasn?t aware that it would have the impact that it did,? Gimple told Variety. ?I think one of the things we fantasize about the apocalypse is that all of the things that separate us fall way.?
?Sometimes to change the picture that you usually see on screen can ruffle people, because it?s change,? Gurira said, adding, ?I hope and believe that it will help break that barrier and allow more of those portrayals to be expressed.?
In a related news, Gurira has been cast in Marvel?s Black Panther movie. The announcement was made Saturday. For more details about Marvel?s Phase 3 movies, head to our SDCC 2016 Marvel vs DC link here.