We’re now less than a month away from the premiere of The Walking Dead’s seventh season and miraculously, we still don’t know all that much about it. Yes, we know that Negan is going to kill someone (or at least, we’ll find out who he killed at the end of last season and finally settle a frustrating six month long cliffhanger) and we’ve heard from pretty much every member of the show’s cast that it’s all going to be super depressing and heart-wrenching, but when it comes to tangible plot details, there still isn’t much to go on.
As such, I’ve rounded up the biggest lingering questions that need to be answered at some point in season seven and briefly discuss what the answers to those questions might be. Of course, we’re bound to be faced with many more pertinent and pressing questions once the season begins and all of this speculation is rendered useless, but for now, here’s what we need to find out in The Walking Dead season seven.
*Note: while it’s pretty much impossible to spoil a season I haven’t even seen yet, I do discuss events from The Walking Dead comics which could offer clues as to what to expect. So, if you want to avoid potential spoilers altogether, here’s your warning.
10. How Did Negan Get So Powerful?
As The Walking Dead’s enigmatic new villain, Negan and his Saviors will take a central role in Season 7’s plot, as they make life miserable for every other character on the show. I have many questions about Negan, but the one I’m hoping gets answered before the season ends is how Negan became the brutal leader of a powerful post-apocalyptic gang. According to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Negan’s backstory will be revealed at some point in the season, but it would be refreshing if the show double downed on this and gave us multiple episodes that fill in the gaps of where Negan comes from and what he’s been up to during all the time we’ve been with Rick’s group. While part of Negan’s appeal right now is tied into him being a force of nature that came out of nowhere and turned everyone’s world upside down, it would be interesting to get a better picture of the man swinging the bat and what makes him tick.