‘The Walking Dead’: Andrew Lincoln And Scott Gimple Tease Profoundly Different Season 7B

At the end of The Walking Dead‘s mid-season 7 finale, something changed inside Rick Grimes’ head. He finally realized that he and his group cannot keep living like they currently are, as servants to Negan and the Saviors. Thet time to fight has come, and to do so, Alexandria will join forces with the Hilltop and the Kingdom, both of which also work for the Saviors.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, showrunner Scott Gimple and Andrew Lincoln himself tease a vastly different back half of season 7 than what we’ve seen thus far. Over are the days of obedience service, here comes the fight for independence:

“I will say 7B’s vibe is very different from 7A’s vibe. The ending of 7B is very different than the beginning of 7A,” Gimple said. “Just the vibe in 7B, I was just talking about it with Andy [Lincoln] last night. It’s just a very, very different half season than the half season that preceded it. Even with structure, what we’re doing right now with the episodes and seeing where everyone is at, the structure is very, very different than the back half. There’s a lot more variety to the structure.”

Lincoln then chimed in to reveal that these next eight episodes will see a version of Rick Grimes that hasn’t been seen before:

“There’s a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you’ve ever seen before in Mr. Grimes,” Lincoln said. “There’s sort of a freedom in him, a feeling that comes from losing everything, and also the thrill of the fight. It’s the thrill of the fight again. He’s back in. All I’m saying is that the band is back together.”

The band indeed is back together, as we saw in the final scene of the mid-season finale, which gave me and thousands of other fans goosebumps. I hated seeing the characters we’ve been following for seven years now be helpless and humiliated, but hopefully, those days are over soon.

Obviously, the premiere of season seven was one of the most heartbreaking episodes ever. Our survivors had to witness the death of two of their closest friends, and there was nothing they could do. It was Negan’s show. Because of this, many cast members have stated that The Day Will Come Where You Won’t Be was also one of the emotionally hardest episodes they ever had to shoot. However, Andrew Lincoln recently revealed to EW that the season seven finale will be much different – here’s what he had to say:

“I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”

Well, if this doesn’t get you excited then I don’t know what will. Be sure to keep checking back here to never miss out on TWD news. The show returns on February 12, 2017.