‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Trailer: All the Negan Victim Hints We Found and Introducing Ezekiel

SPOILER ALERT: There are none.

Sure, give us and our fellow Walking Dead devoted another week to Zapruder the heck out of the newly-released Season 7 trailer, and there will be plenty of theories floating around about who’s on the receiving end of Negan and Lucille.

But at first glance, the trailer, released by AMC for The Walking Dead cast panel at San Diego Comic-Con, is maddeningly devoid of major — or minor, for that matter — hints as to which beloved character will die at the hand of Negan and his barbed wire-covered baseball bat.

Clocking in at a generous 3:06, the trailer’s first half is devoted to some blasts from the past, as we relive snippets of meaningful moments with Rick Grimes and his crew.

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There’s Rick and Cor-al (aka Carl), exchanging I love yous… Maggie telling Glenn he’ll never need a photo to remember her (and smooching him)… Daryl giving Carol the Cherokee rose and holding Lil’ Asskicker… Abe and Sasha bonding… Michonne pledging her allegiance to Rick’s group (and smooching him)… Eugene and Abe bro-hugging… all recalled in between scenes of those characters with Lucille right in their faces, as Negan carried out his vicious game of “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe” from the Season 6 finale.

The second half of the clip for Season 7 — which will premiere on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. — features none of the characters from the first half of the clip, i.e. none of the potential victims. So, unless Negan wiped out half the cast — we kid, we kid! — the first half of the clip is an unhappy reminder of that which we have seen, while the second half of the trailer focuses on that which we have yet to see… and those who we have yet to meet.


Like Ezekiel and Shiva, who TWD comic book fans know as the dreadlocked leader of The Kingdom community, and his pet tiger. Ezekiel, who will be played by General Hospital, Teen Titans, and Transformers: Robots in Disguise star Khary Payton, hates Negan and the Saviors as much as Rick and his friends are about to, which might make for some much-needed new allies for the Alexandria community. Also in the comics, Ezekiel, who likes to be called “King Ezekiel,” is a pal of Jesus and the Hilltop community, making a Rick/Ezekiel pact all but a certainty, as long as the egos of the King and the Ricktatorship don’t butt heads.

Elsewhere in part two of the Season 7 trailer:

* Ezekiel may insist on being called “King,” but it’s Negan we see people literally bowing to in the trailer.


* In addition to The Kingdom, we also get glimpses of the Saviors’ hangout.


* Morgan and Carol might already be laying the groundwork for a “We Hate Negan” club, as Morgan is seen pushing the injured Carol around The Kingdom in a wheelchair.


* Dwight, that old so-and-so who’s already caused so much trouble for Daryl (and Denise, R.I.P.), promises “Everything’s his, or will be,” in reference to Negan, while a new female character (or wait, is that Daryl’s other nemesis, Honey?) issues — considering what we know he already did — a truly frightening warning when she says, “Whatever he’s done to you, there’s always more.”


* Spencer tells someone, “We should have made a deal with them when we could have.” Presumably, he’s talking about Negan and the Saviors, and presumably, this is going to make more than a few of his fellow citizens of Alexandria want to kick his apocalyptic ass for a) suggesting they should have negotiated with Negan, and b) second-guessing the Ricktatorship.

* Enid is out and about, so she clearly found a way out of that closet Carl locked her in.


* Tara and Heath’s supply run may have taken a bad turn, as we briefly see him, and separately, her, hiding in a ditch with her knife ready to stab. Since Heath portrayer Corey Hawkins will be starring in 24: Legacy on Fox, that might be a hint that the supply run continues to go badly.


* Negan is seen pouring a nice glass of lemonade while a terrified Olivia looks on, and he later tells someone, “You should know, there is no door number four… this is the only way.” This might come after we see him knocking on the Alexandria gates with Lucille. We see a pair of pigs who appear to be chomping on a dead body. Let’s hope they don’t hear about what Rick did to their brethren at the prison in Season 4.


* A giddy-seeming Carol (think: Carol in cookie-baking mode at Alexandria) appears to be sitting in an auditorium when she tells someone, “I don’t know what the hell’s going on, in the most wonderful way.” Has Carol finally cracked, or has she resumed her Cardigan Carol role during her time in The Kingdom?


Also on The Walking Dead Comic-Con Day, AMC announced a pair of specials that will air before the Season 7 premiere: The Walking Dead Season 7 Preview Special, hosted by Chris Hardwick, will premiere Aug. 14 at 10 p.m., while the two-hour The Walking Dead Recap Special — a reminder of all that has happened in the series’ first six seasons — will also be hosted by Hardwick and will debut on Oct. 16 at 9 p.m., a week before we finally find out whose blood is dripping from Negan’s bat in the trailer.

The Walking Dead Season 7 premieres Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. on AMC.