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After finishing Season 6 with one hell of a cliffhanger, The Walking Dead Season 7 is just weeks away.

Beginning in 2010, the series has become a total pop culture phenomenon, even spawning its own spinoff with companion series Fear the Walking Dead. Now going into the seventh season, the Walking Dead universe is more rich and expansive than ever. But with such a long story being told it can be hard to find every piece of information needed, to help out with this, Movie Pilot has compiled all the pertinent information that you will need to go into The Walking Dead Season 7 properly prepared.

This article will be updated continually in the lead up to The Walking Dead returning to TV, and all throughout Season 7 so make sure you return frequently to catch all the news.

Walking Dead Season 7 News, Rumors & Updates

[AMC]
[AMC]

Updated 09/22/2016:

In an interview with The Wrap, the president and CEO of AMC, Josh Sapan, has talked about the possibility of The Walking Dead continuing for years to come, likening it to the 50 year run of Star Trek. Speaking about the longevity of the series, Sapan said:

“[The Walking Dead] has incredible long life left in it... [Star Trek] came and went three times. We do think that we have a franchise [in The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead] that is one of the rare franchises that you occasionally come across in what we do for a living.”

What do you think, will The Walking Dead franchise be around for generations?

AMC President and CEO Josh Sapan and The Walking Dead promo poster [AMC]
AMC President and CEO Josh Sapan and The Walking Dead promo poster [AMC]

An EW interview with Greg Nicotero has been released, and in it he spoke about the surprise at the fan anger over the Season 6 cliffhanger. However, in doing so, he may have accidentally confirmed a leading fan theory about who Negan killed. Speaking about the reaction that fans had to the cliffhanger, he said:

But I’d say in retrospect, I don’t think we would have changed anything. I would have still supported doing it the way that we did it, because of the fact that the story doesn’t end there. If we would have shown the deaths, then they wouldn’t have felt our characters in season 7 the way they need to.

Did Nicotero just confirm the fan theory that two characters (most likely Glenn and Abraham) die at the hands of Negan? It sure looks like it!

In addition, we know that the production sought permission to film on a local beach for the first time - a totally new setting for the series. And there was also recent casting call for an androgynous leader-type character. This has fueled speculation that the show will either introduce a comic character earlier than expected, or is perhaps creating a totally new character.

Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere Date

The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere date will be on October 23, 2016 at 9pm ET. For viewers in the UK the episode will air 24 hours later on October 24 on Fox TV UK.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Trailer

The official The Walking Dead Season 7 trailer premiered at San Diego Comic Con on July 22, and was split into two distinct parts. The first minute was dedicated to each of the 11 characters currently in Negan's lineup, with the remainder of the trailer focussing on other storylines and characters. The trailer also served as the introduction of "King" Ezekiel — the leader of a brand new community called the Kingdom — and his tiger, Shiva, ending a long debate over whether or not the series would include the unlikely pet.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Recap and Review

With an hour long episode each week, there's bound to be a few details that even the most eagle-eyed of viewers missed out on. Fortunately our weekly recap, "5 things you might have missed" rounds up all of the less obvious details from the most recent episode and presents them in one place.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Theories

Who will Negan Kill?
Who will Negan Kill?

The Walking Dead fans are known for their love of theories, and after Season 6 ended on a massive cliffhanger, fan theorists went absolutely insane trying to piece together the mystery of who exactly Negan killed. 11 main characters currently have their necks on the line, and many theories that support almost anyone being the actual victim.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Characters

Rick Grimes: Group leader since Season 1, Rick Grimes is not a man to be messed with.

Carl Grimes: When the apocalypse hit Carl was just a kid, now he's a fully-fledged one-eyed badass.

Daryl Dixon: Daryl Dixon is the redneck with a heart of gold.

Carol Peletier: The most unlikely character to have survived, Carol's transformation in the series is impressive.

Maggie Greene: A tough farm girl, Maggie has only gone from strength to strength since joining the series in Season 2.

Glenn Rhee: He started the series out as a pizza delivery driver, and now Glenn's a loving husband and soon-to-be father.

Negan: The biggest villain ever to appear on the series, Negan is about to shake The Walking Dead to its core.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Cast

The Walking Dead Season 6 cast
The Walking Dead Season 6 cast

The Walking Dead Season 7 is kicking off with its biggest list of regular cast members to date: 20! Obviously that number will already be reduced following the season premiere and the reveal of Negan's victim, but for now the show has assembled a diverse and talented range of actors for the show:

Andrew Lincoln: A mainstay since Season 1, Lincoln plays Rick Grimes.

Norman Reedus: Another original cast member, Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon.

Melissa McBride: Since Season 1 Melissa McBride has transformed the character of Carol into a badass.

Steven Yeun: Steven Yeun plays former-pizza delivery boy Glenn Rhee.

Chandler Riggs: Playing the character Carl Grimes, Chandler Riggs has basically grown up before our eyes.

Lauren Cohan: Cohan joined the cast in Season 2, as tough farm girl Maggie Greene.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan: After years of anticipation, Jeffrey Dean Morgan took on the role of Negan and appeared in the Season 6 finale.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Preview and Promos

Each week AMC leave us with just enough footage to get us through to the next week, proving viewers with both a 30 second preview trailer and the longer sneak peek, which is a look at a complete scene from the upcoming episode. So far for Season 7 we've seen two promos and one preview of the upcoming season, but over the course of the season plenty more will be released.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Deaths

Noah died in Season 5 [AMC]
Noah died in Season 5 [AMC]

As we know, barely an episode of The Walking Dead goes by without a gruesome death, and Season 7 is primed to be exactly the same. In fact, thanks to the Season 6 cliffhanger we've already been prepared for a devastating death within the first 5 minutes of the premiere episode.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Spoilers

Given that the TV show was first a comic book, there are plenty of spoilers that lie within the pages of the comics. From characters yet to be seen, to new communities, relationships and threats, The Walking Dead comics are worth inspecting every time new news comes up for potential hints at what's to come.

Where To Watch The Walking Dead Online

With a number of streaming sites there are many places where you can watch The Walking Dead online:

AMC: If you have a pay TV subscription you can login and watch episodes on AMC's website as they air. Normally you have four weeks to view an episode after its original air date.

Amazon: Amazon currently has all six seasons of The Walking Dead available to watch. You can choose to buy just one episode for $2.99, or pay $41.99 for the entire season

Netflix: Netflix doesn't have the most recent episodes of The Walking Dead, however you will find all of Seasons 1 - 5 on offer.

Google Play: Season 1 - 6 currently available, and similar to Amazon, you can buy either a single episode or an entire season.

The Walking Dead spinoff

The cast of Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 [AMC]
The cast of Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 [AMC]

Not so much The Walking Dead spinoff as The Walking Dead's companion series, Fear the Walking Dead is currently on its second season. The series is set in the same universe as The Walking Dead, however focusses on an entirely different group of survivors and an entirely different environment (the show started out in LA before moving south to Mexico).

Not only does Fear the Walking Dead focus on a different group, but it's also in a different timeframe. While The Walking Dead started 60 days into the zombie apocalypse, when Rick woke from a coma, Fear the Walking Dead started just after Day 0, when the apocalypse was at its very beginning.

The Walking Dead Comic Book

Long before it was a TV series, The Walking Dead was a hit comic series! Created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, the series began in 2003 with Issue 1, and since then has been released at a rate of one issue per month for a current total of 157 issues.

The Walking Dead Merchandise

Given that The Walking Dead is such a cultural phenomenon, it should be no surprise that there is an unlimited amount of show merchandise available for purchase. From fan art to limited-edition figurines and everything in between, there's a piece of Walking Dead merchandise for any fan.

What do you love most about The Walking Dead?