We’ve still more than a week before The Walking Dead starts uniting communities against Negan, and we’re about ready to light this candle. Ahead of our February 12 “Rock in the Road” return, check out an extended new featurette for the back half of Season 7, as cast and crew tease a Rick and Negan conflict ready to hit the breaking point.

IGN debuted an extended new featurette for Season 7B, featuring plenty of new footage as Rick hits the road in search of allies, and Negan returns to the Sanctuary with a fresh shave. Ezekiel doesn’t seem entirely convinced to join the fight just yet, but as Gale Ann Hurd points out, Rick and his group certainly have the will to succeed, if not the means.

Here’s AMC’s always-helpful synopsis for our February 12 return, “Rock in the Road”:

Rick is introduced to a new community.

And an extended synopsis of the next eight-episode stretch:

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.

Check out prior sneak peeks of The Walking Dead Season 7B below, and stay tuned for more.


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