The introduction of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan brought a new level of intensity to The Walking Dead. Limping of late, the AMC series struggled to find its feet in recent seasons with a bloodlessness to the dynamics in place. Negan brought a wash of new blood and a new urgency to the show.

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Today AMC released a few new photos and a very detailed synopsis for the future of the show. With only eight episodes left until the end of the season there’s a lot that may wait for the show’s eighth series. Comic book fans will pick up the clues as to where the show is heading – The All Out War arc which began with issue 115.

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How closely the show will stick to the events of the comic remains to be seen, but there’s a reckoning coming, and the show desperately needs to gather some sort of momentum as it draws to its inevitable close. The Walking Dead returns to AMC on the 12th of February.

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The Walking Dead Season 7.5 Synopsis

The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.

Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria.

They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.

We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.”