With a little over a month to go before The Walking Dead returns for the second half of Season 7, AMC has released some new photos along with a synopsis detailing what to expect when the show returns:

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.

While the synopsis doesn’t contain any real surprises, it’s refreshing to hear that the show seems to be taking a more plot-driven focus in its second half. The first half of the season received quite a bit of criticism for its slow pace and meandering plot, not to mention long absences from a whole bunch of characters, so it will be interesting to see what The Walking Dead does when it focuses more on the interaction between the various groups, instead of keeping them separated for long periods of time.

Via: AMC
Via: AMC
Via: AMC
Via: AMC

The Walking Dead returns on February 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

(Via: ComicBook.com)