New Walking Dead Promo Shows Us King Ezekiel and His Beloved Tiger

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 - 4:12PM
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 - 4:12PM
New Walking Dead Promo Shows Us King Ezekiel and His Beloved Tiger
All the talk about The Walking Dead season seven has been about that dumb cliffhanger, but there are a few things for fans of the comics to look forward to this season. In addition to Negan and the Saviors, we're also getting the Kingdom, which means lots of Ezekiel and his pet tiger, Shiva:



We first saw the character, played by Khary Payton, in the Comic Con trailer for season seven, but this is the first time he's gotten the spotlight. In the promo, we see his beloved companion, a tiger whom he raised from birth (he was a zookeeper before the apocalypse), as well as his reign over the Kingdom. The arrival of both the Saviors and the Kingdom heralds the expansion of the world of The Walking Dead in anticipation of All-Out War, which involves the Rickettes, Saviors, Kingdom, and Hilltop Colony.

So far, this version of Ezekiel seems pretty comics-accurate, especially his close relationship with Shiva. According to Payton, the tiger is the "end-all, be-all" for him. Some aspects of the character will probably change, such as his romantic relationship with Michonne, but the Kingdom's role in the multi-colony conflict will likely remain the same.

The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season on October 23 on AMC.
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