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The Walking Dead diehards, the wait is almost over.
Months after the season six finale cliffhanger that left the identity of Negan’s victim a mystery, the zombie drama used its platform Friday at San Diego Comic-Con to release the first trailer for season seven, which will premiere later than usual on Oct. 23. Internationally, it will bow within 24 hours.
“Everyone’s going to be blown away,” series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman said of the new season to open the panel, with showrunner Scott M. Gimple noting that the Kingdom will feature big in season seven, while Gale Anne Hurd teased the arrival of non-human characters. The comments point to Ezekiel and his pet tiger, Shiva, both of whom appear in the trailer, below. Plus casting for Ezekiel also was announced Friday. Click here to find out who is playing the Kingdom leader.
While the trailer definitely sets the stage for season seven, it naturally does not reveal which of 11 series regulars lost their life to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his barbed-wire covered baseball bat, Lucille.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that in a bid to protect the reveal, each of the 11 castmembers left kneeling before Negan in the season six finale — Carl (Chandler Riggs), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Arron (Ross Marquand), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) — filmed a death scene with producers and the episode director working with the show’s editors to ultimately pick the character who does indeed die.
Season seven of The Walking Dead will pick up immediately with Negan’s deadly swing, and as Morgan said, “You’ll see who was at the end of that bat and what happened from there.” Kirkman has said that Negan’s victim is “beloved to everyone.” For those who haven’t read the comics on which the series is based [spoilers ahead], the landmark 100th issue sees Negan beat Glenn to death with Lucille.
Watch the trailer, below.
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