The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Will Pick Up "Right in That Moment"
Spoilers for The Walking Dead follow!
The Walking Dead left off on a huge cliffhanger in its midseason finale, especially for those of you who are privy to events in the comics. Alexandria is overrun with walkers, and Rick, Jessie, Carl, Michonne, Ron, and a very jumpy Sam are covered in guts trying to wade their way out. In a recent interview, EP Robert Kirkman teased that we wouldn't find out what happened to these characters for quite a while.
"Yeah, we actually don't get back to that for seven episodes or so," Kirkman told EW. "It's going to be quite a cliff-hanger."
He's kidding, of course, but our blood boils for a second because we totally wouldn't put it past them.
"Nah, I'm joking," said Kirkman. "We pick up right in that moment. Alexandria is overrun. Rick and the kids are all covered in guts trying to get through the crowd. Everyone is where we last saw them, and things get worse from there."
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This is The Walking Dead, so of course things get worse, probably in a similar manner to the comics. While the group is walking out of Alexandria, Jessie grabs onto Carl's hand, and won't let go when she and her son are taken by walkers, so Rick uses his machete to cut off her arm and save Carl's life, leaving Jessie and her son to be eaten. There's a chance that only Sam will die and Jessie will be spared, especially since the above picture from the premiere is careful not to show who is holding hands, but it seems that this iconic moment will happen in one way or another.
Kirkman also previewed the future of Alexandria after the walker horde invasion, and possibly the arrival of Negan, who is expected to show up in the finale.
"It comes back to those plans of rebuilding Alexandria. Assuming some people survive, and it's a good bet that some do because they've already talked in the midseason finale that they're not planning on leaving Alexandria. It's a bump in the road, but there's something special there, and they can turn this into an anchor that they can build upon. They actually have a chance at surviving long term and building a safe place, not going from safety to safety to safety the way they have for the life of the show. This isn't the prison, and 'Oh, we gotta move on from here and find another place.' This is something different. And from there, there will be other things that expand their world in new and terrifying ways."
The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on February 14.