I’m still not going to spoil who died in the season 7 premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” in the first few paragraphs, so all I’m going to say here is that co-executive producer and SFX supervisor Greg Nicotero has posted a couple of photos of the special FX work that went into creating one of the victims. The shots show the FX work in great detail, one before blood was added and one post blood. It’s a great chance to really see the detail and intricacy that goes into the show’s denizens, both the walkers and the characters themselves.
To keep those who haven’t seen that episode yet from seeing a big spoiler, I’m going to put the season 7 synopsis here so that you’ll have to scroll down to see anything interesting.
Up until this point, our characters have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.
To start Season Seven, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.
The first half of Season Seven sees our group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.
Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.
The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.