ByPri Figueiredo, writer at Creators.co
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When #AMC released those 25 promotional shots back in September, we all tried to come up with theories of what they might refer to, or what Easter eggs were lurking within. Although some were pretty obvious to guess, others demanded a much more thorough examination of both the comic books's story, as well as #TheWalkingDead trailers and teasers. In the latest episode, 'The Well', we got to meet #Ezekiel and his kingdom, and we also got to see where many of those promos fit into the story.

In an attempt to appease my Easter eggs hunger and shed some on what might still come, let's take a look at those promos — what do we know about them so far, and which are still shrouded in mystery and fan theories? I'll try and divide them by location, and those without a specific location will be put in the end.

This post will be updated as the photos get included in the episodes, so make sure to check back!

Spoiler Warning: If you're not totally caught up with The Walking Dead and you hate spoilers, this is not the post for you! There might also be some comic book spoilers thrown in here somewhere as well. Proceed with caution.


Negan's Head-bashing Spot In The Woods

Shown: Season 7 Episode 1 "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"

This was one of the no-brainers, with Negan's introduction back on Season 6 finale. This ended up being just one of Negan's cars; one of the many which surrounded our Survivors in that terrible and unforgettable (we'll miss you Abe and Glenn!) line-up.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 1 "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"

We all knew this was Rick's axe, but nobody could've guessed exactly how it would be used until #TheWalkingDead Season 7 premiere aired. As Negan drew a line on Carl's left arm, Rick was forced to choose between chopping off his son's arm or watching all his fellow Alexandrians get shot in the head. Luckily for Rick — and all of us — Negan stopped him in the nick of time, turning Rick from a leader into a broken man.

The Kingdom

Shown: Season 7 Episode 2 "The Well"

As I said before, many of these stills came from the second episode of the season, so get ready for a lot of Kingdom teasers. This one reminded me of the markings Morgan found on the trees back in Season 4, but since he's seen in the trailer marking a mailbox, it wasn't hard to link Morgan to this. Morgan carved this arrow much like bread crumbs being left behind, but whether he made these symbols for him and Carol to find their way back home, or for the other Survivors to follow them, remains to be seen.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 2 "The Well"

This nicely recycled wind-chime was seen just outside the window of the room where Carol stayed whilst she was regaining her strength in the Kingdom. It features prominently in a scene where Carol watches Morgan through that window, as a very ominous Bob Dylan song plays in the background.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 2 "The Well"

This is the corridor Morgan and Carol walk down after her first meeting with King Ezekiel, and she is having none of this Kingdom nonsense. She tells Morgan she'll leave whenever he's not looking, just as some Kingdom people come out of that door on the left of the picture and interrupt them.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 2 'The Well'

Ezekiel's cane wasn't a hard clue to spot for the comic book fans. Ezekiel reveled his sword in a scene with Michonne in the books, but in the series, he used it to kill the Walker that Ben failed to put down on their run. This was an easy to miss detail that was featured prominently in that scene, kudos to #GregNicotero there!

Shown: Season 7 Episode 2 "The Well"

In 'The Well' we also found out what a well-structured and developed the Kingdom community actually is, with livestock, an orchard and some seriously well-groomed gardens. We can actually see a man picking up a pepper from one of these drawers as the camera pans around and shows us the community.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 2 "The Well"

In another example of their highly advanced survivor techniques, we see the Kingdom people hunting wild boars in the city. They herd the animals into a room where a Walker is dangling as fresh meat, and then they use a wire mechanism to shut the door and trap the boars. We later discover that they're feeding Walkers to the animals, because the boars are part of their #Negan share — the respite we get from seeing the Saviors drive away with tainted meat is just perfect.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 2 "The Well"

The spear is a weapon long associated with the Kingdom in the comic books, but it's only when Jesus took Rick and his gang to the Hilltop last season that we actually saw the spears for the first time. Later, Rick found the Saviors Carol killed and associates their spears with the Hilltop once more, but in the last episode it's pretty clear that spears are the weapon of choice for the people in the Kingdom. Even as they meet the Saviors, the spears are present as their defense — along with fire weapons, just in case.

Negan's Sanctuary

Shown: Season 7 Episode 3 "The Cell"

UPDATE (11/09/2016): This is indeed from the 'Walker Fence'. Little did we know that some of those Walkers were previous members of the Sanctuary. That place is like the Hotel California from The Eagles: "you can check in anytime you like, but you can never leave!"

We're yet to be introduced to this new 'community', but it seems the long wait will finally end in next week's episode. Judging by this week's promo, the Saviors have a well-oiled system, using the Walkers as a primary defense mechanism against any trespassers — just like in the comic books. Those bits and pieces of flesh we see in this picture most likely belong to a Walker from the Saviors's 'Walker Fence'.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 3 "The Cell"

UPDATE (11/09/2016): We saw the windows and the Saviors's every day life in the Sanctuary as Dwight was gathering ingredients for his morning sandwich.

The Sanctuary in the comic books is in an abandoned factory, and it seems the TV show will replicate this environment to perfection. That balcony on the top of the frame is Negan's favorite spot to give his speeches to his Saviors — he even uses it to roar his cry to arms at a later time.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 3 "The Cell"

UPDATE (11/09/2016): 'The Cell' made it perfectly clear the hierarchy of Negan's Sanctuary. If you work for points, your only privacy is offered by these sheets — whereas if you work for Negan, you'll get a room and get to watch some nice '80s TV shows.

Again, straight from the comic books, this picture shows some of the Sanctuary living quarters. As Negan houses not only his many fighting men, but also offers protection to those who can't defend themselves — and volunteer to provide for Negan, of course — the Sanctuary is home to some pretty normal folks as well. The sheets offer a meek sense of privacy for those who aren't worthy enough to get real rooms.

Shown: TBA

Although there was a pretty obvious fireplace in Carol's new home the latest episode, I'm pretty sure that wasn't the fire that's burning in this picture. Much as the opening credits have foreshadowed, Negan's discipline is hard-learned, and some men under his protection in the Sanctuary undergo a pretty gruesome penalty when they break his rules. Remember Dwight and his burned face? You can bet there's an iron to the right of this frame somewhere...

Shown: Season 7 Episode 3 'The Cell'

UPDATE (11/09/2016): This was Daryl's failed-escape route, where Sherry warned him not to run away because, when the Saviors got him back, things would be much worse.

Apart from looking pretty similar to the outpost Rick and co. broke into last season, this Sanctuary corridor features in this week's promo as well. This is where we can see Dwight making Daryl kneel as Negan passes by, as a show of respect to the Saviors's big boss.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 3 'The Cell'

UPDATE (11/09/2016): This Daryl-torture sequence was good for many things — and none of them made it easier to watch. While Daryl got to mourn Glenn and access the guilty he felt for triggering his friend's death in the premiere, Dwight got a taste of what it's like not to submit to Negan. After everything he went through, Daryl still remained tough and unbroken and, by the end of the episode, Dwight begins to rethink his situation in the Sanctuary.

The sneak peek for next week episode gave us Daryl sitting in a semi-dark room, holding his knees up. You can barely make out Daryl's condition before the door that was shedding some light into the room gets closed. I'm guessing this picture shows exactly where Daryl is being held by the Saviors — after that terrible outburst of his in the premiere.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 3 'The Cell'

UPDATED (11/09/2016): I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say this bread is actually from the Sanctuary. In 'The Cell', we saw Dwight get some bread for his sandwich in the opening sequence, and there was even a woman in apron — which suggests she was the one baking it. Sadly, it seems there'll be no cookies for Ezekiel after all!

Every time there's cooking and food involved Carol always springs to mind, and it's no different with this promo shot. It doesn't look like it's in Alexandria — the kitchens there are much more modern — and Carol's new home sweet home does have this woody, cabin-in-the-woods look to it. Since Ezekiel paid her a visit and brought a pomegranate as a gift; maybe Carol is paying back the favor and making the King a batch of her famous cookies.

Alexandria

Shown: Season 7 Episode 4 'Service'

UPDATE (11/30/2016): Alexandria featured for the first time this season when Negan and his Saviors paid Rick a visit. The aim may have been to collect their half of the Alexandrians' supplies, but Negan took it to the other level with his bullying of Rick.

Another of the easy-to-guess photos, this one shows us Alexandria and the wall where the guard tower fell through — now entirely repaired. There isn't much to say about this familiar site, but Youtuber Make A Path Presents was able to come up with a pretty interesting theory about the wall of remembrance, which we can barely make out in the far right side.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 4 'Service'

UPDATE (11/30/2016): The Alexandrians have faced the Wolves, a Walker herd and now, a gang of Saviors; and yet, Gabriel's church stands tall and strong. The Father himself was a huge help to Rick in this episode, when he forged a grave for Maggie - who was recovering at the Hilltop.

Alexandria's church is featured in this one, although some may not have made the connection because it's hardly been seen through this angle. Previously, the glimpses we got from this church were pretty much all shot from inside the building, but last season we were shown an aerial shot of it, as Glenn and Enid ran towards it in the middle of the Walker herd.

Unknown Locations

Shown: TBA

Although it would seem quite obvious to assume that this picture is from the Kingdom, I'm gonna refrain from assuming so. Truth is, this could be virtually anywhere from the Kingdom to Alexandria even, and the fact it seems to be by a table makes me think of some council meeting to decide whether or not to wage a new war. In the comics, the three communities come together to stand against Negan, so I'm hoping against hope this pic may signal the beginning of "All Out War".

Shown: Season 7 Episode 4 'Service'

UPDATE (11/30/2016): After quite some time on a run, we finally found out what happened to Tara and Heath (sort of). In 'Swear', Tara and Heath faced some Walkers on a bridge, and, right there in the back, you can see this little dried-up garden.

The abandonment and disrepair in this picture place it outside any of the communities as we know them. Plus, another huge clue in this is the sand in the vases instead of soil. In the Season 7 trailer, Tara and Heath face some unknown danger in a very sandy place. Add to that the fact that The Walking Dead has asked permission to shoot on a beach location, and you might just put two and two together and guess this is related to Tara, Heath and their run.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 3 'The Cell'

UPDATED (11/09/2016): If I'm being totally honest, I didn't catch this one while watching the episode. It was only afterwards, in a behind the scenes video about the Walker that fell from the overpass, that the producers actually showed someone making those bloody steps. Oh well, at least the prediction that they were made by Walkers wasn't totally off!

This one honestly makes my head spin as much as the confused shoe pattern does in the frame. The only thing I can pull out of this is that it seems an awful lot like those footsteps were made by Walkers, since they're the only ones uncoordinated enough to make this much of a mess. It may even be related to that car chase — and crash — in the season trailer. Either that or some Survivors are practicing a dance routine.

Shown: Season 7 Episode 6 'Swear'

UPDATED (11/30/2016): The angle for this one is really off, but the background couldn't be more similar. In an episode where we got to meet the Oceanside community, Tara fell off a bridge and washed up in a beach - after fighting the current you see in the first picture.

Another baffling one, since no location we've seen so far has this much water anywhere near it. Then again, this does look similar to that new filming location in Jekyl Island I mentioned before, where Tara and Heath shot their scenes in some marshy land.

Shown: TBA

A wall, stairs, some leaves and a blue sky (Gimme a break, Gimple!). It doesn't look like the Hilltop or Alexandria, so maybe it's in the Kingdom? I honestly don't know about this one, so in case you have cracked this puzzle, be sure to let me know in the comments.

Shown: TBA

On his way to finding the Kingdom soldier's horse last season, Morgan found an eerie sign along the way (Morgan is the writings-on-the-wall expert on The Walking Dead, without a doubt). This sign may say "trouble' but it seems obvious that's only a part of the message. There's also the fact that this looks a lot like grapevine, which would mean a tended to garden somewhere. My guess goes to the Kingdom with this one — I'm pretty sure they had some grapes growing in that garden in 'The Well'.

Shown: TBA

Finally, the one that sparkled a myriad of theories around the internet, being very akin to a sad comic book moment that introduced new villains. If you haven't heard of the Whisperers by now, congratulations! You've managed to stay spoiler-free for longer than most and, just in case you've decided now it's time to get to know them, check out this article specifically about this frame:


Seeing that the promo shots and trailer came out while the cast and crew were shooting the first half of Season 7, all of these images will feature somewhere before the mid-season finale. On the bright side, these mysteries will soon be solved, but then we'll have to contend with an almost three-month break and more teaser pictures and posters for the second half of the season. Judging from The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere, I'd say the worst is behind us — or is it?

The Walking Dead Season 7 airs every Sunday on AMC.