Title and Synopsis Released for the Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere

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We’re officially less than two weeks away from the return of The Walking Dead. It’s been a long wait since the controversial season finale cliffhanger. Now we have a few new details on what to expect when the show returns.

A Day Will Come When You Won’t Be

AMC has announced the title for The Walking Dead’s Season 7 premiere. The episode is called “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.”

Dr. Jenner and Rick Grimes on AMC's The Walking Dead
Image Credit: AMC

If that title sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that. Way back in Season 1 of The Walking Dead, Rick sought refuge at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Rick thanked Dr. Edwin Jenner for his help. Rick told Dr. Jenner he was grateful for the opportunity to leave and live on. Dr. Jenner replied, “The day will come when you won’t be.”

It would appear that day has come. When we last left Rick and his group, Negan had them on their knees. The episode ended when Negan used his baseball bat, Lucille, to bludgeon one from the group to death. The cliffhanger ending didn’t show who the victim actually was, though.

Although it was mostly assumed already, producer Scott Gimple confirmed last week that Negan’s victim will be revealed in the season premiere. Could there be more than one victim, though? That possibility has been the subject of much speculation. Even former Walking Dead co-star Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) has hypothesized that two people could die at Negan’s hands.

A Long Overdue Event?

One possible victim of Negan’s wrath? Rick Grimes himself. No, there’s no way the show is going to kill off Andrew Lincoln’s character. But new footage screened last weekend at New York Comic-Con show’s Negan dragging Rick back to his RV. It’s not something that happened in the comic book. But it’s very reminiscent of another event from the comic. The scene resembles the moment the Governor chopped off Rick’s hand. Since the show skipped over that occurrence, could they now be making Negan the one to chop off Rick’s hand?

Much Ado About Nothing

In addition to revealing the episode title, AMC has also released the official synopsis for “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”:

Last season ended with Rick and our group kneeling helplessly before Negan and his group. What Negan does will haunt those who survive forever.

Thanks for that, Captain Obvious. As far as synopses go, this one is incredibly vague. But what else should we expect? AMC is not going to spoil the entire episode in a two-sentence TV Guide description.

Epic Event, Epic Timing

The Walking Dead season premiere will evidentally be a few minutes longer than normal. Talking Dead is scheduled to begin at 10:06 PM EST that evening. Presumably that means the premiere will run six minutes long. The entire cast from Negan’s line-up will appear on Talking Dead. Negan himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, will also be there, along with showrunner Scott Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman. The talk show will also run long, filling an entire 90-minute slot.

The Walking Dead returns for Season 7 on October 23 at 9:00 PM EST on AMC.

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