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Putting together such a captivating story like that seen in #TheWalkingDead is no small feat, and it take an enormous team to pull it off. From the talented actors, directors, special effects artists and more, a quick look at the the full credits for the Season 7 premiere is enough to prove the mammoth effort that goes into the show.

Another team who are key to putting together a cohesive episode of television are the storyboard artists who map out the episodes frame by frame. Luckily for us, Entertainment Weekly has obtained the storyboards of an entire scene from Episode 1, which shows just how exactly the show followed the initial vision.

Take a look below at the 21 storyboard pages from the harrowing scene involving Negan forcing Rick to retrieve his axe:

Pages 1 And 2

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

After stumbling out the door of the RV, Rick finds himself in smokey surroundings among walkers.

Pages 3 And 4

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Rick fights his way through the walkers and eventually finds the ladder to the roof of the RV.

Rick fights of walkers in search of the ladder [AMC]
Rick fights of walkers in search of the ladder [AMC]

Pages 5 And 6

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

As he fights his way to the roof, walkers attempt to eat his foot.

Rick climbs for his life [AMC]
Rick climbs for his life [AMC]

Pages 7 And 8

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Rick manages to get to safety and realizes the RV has stopped at the burning road stop set up by the Saviors during Season 6, Episode 16. Turning around, he's confronted with the hanging reanimated body of the Saviors last victim.

Rick sees another of Negan's victim [AMC]
Rick sees another of Negan's victim [AMC]

Pages 9 And 10

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Overcome with the emotion and intensity of seeing members of his group murdered before his eyes and the hopelessness of the situation he finds himself in, Rick collapses.

Negan helps out Rick [AMC]
Negan helps out Rick [AMC]

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Pages 11 And 12

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

After Negan demands his axe back, Rick is forced to jump onto the hanging walker and clings for life above a throng of hungry flesh eaters.

Negan helps out Rick [AMC]
Negan helps out Rick [AMC]

Pages 13 And 14

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

As the neck on the hanging walker slowly separates from its body, Rick is about to become walker food until Negan starts shooting the walkers away.

Rick clinging on for dear life [AMC]
Rick clinging on for dear life [AMC]

Pages 15 And 16

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

The walker's neck rips away, and Rick is only saved from the hungry horde thanks to Negan.

Negan helps out Rick [AMC]
Negan helps out Rick [AMC]

Pages 17 And 18

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Rick wildly swings as he rushes to the relative safety of the RV.

Rick fights his way back to the RV [AMC]
Rick fights his way back to the RV [AMC]

Pages 19 And 20

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

As he fights off walkers, unable to open the door of the RV, it almost seems like Negan has lured him to his death, until the door swings open and the walkers are shot down.

Page 21

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Rick quickly scrambles inside the RV — axe in hand — and firmly shuts the door behind him.

Negan clears the walkers [AMC]
Negan clears the walkers [AMC]

The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 2 on October 30 at 9pm ET

What was your favorite part of The Walking Dead Episode 1?

RIP Glenn and Abe [AMC]
RIP Glenn and Abe [AMC]

[Source: EW]