The November 13th episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” apparently has a lot to say as it’s been extended to 85-minutes, up nearly a half hour from its usual 60-minute block.
The fourth episode of the 7th season bears the logline, “The remaining members of the group try to keep it together in Alexandria; they receive a sobering visit.” Supposedly the episode is centered around Daryl and Dwight, so we’ll have to see what this “sobering visit” really entails!
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.