ByStephen Patterson, writer at Creators.co
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The cast and crew of The Walking Dead introduced the highly anticipated trailer for the upcoming seventh season at San Diego Comic-Con. While the controversial Season 6 finale left fans impatiently waiting for the trailer for many months, thankfully AMC did not disappoint.

Check out the trailer below.

Pretty intense, right? Following Negan's arrival in the Season 6 finale, Rick and the group are set for the battle of their lives. However, the question on everybody's lips remains: Who will fall victim to Negan and his beloved baseball bat Lucille? Let's break down the trailer and discuss what we've discovered.

Flashbacks: The Way We Were

Remembering the past. But who will have a future?
Remembering the past. But who will have a future?

The trailer begins with a series of flashbacks, reminding us of all the potential victims' happier moments on the show. It's incredibly emotional to watch scenes that include Maggie and Glenn's engagement, or Carol and Daryl bonding, when we know what possible fate could lie ahead for each of these fan-favorite characters. It's also worth noting that the flashbacks literally take place on the tip of Lucille, as if the characters are watching their lives flash before their eyes.

What makes this flashback montage even more intense is Negan's intimidating voice playing over the top of these happy memories. It's almost representative of the fact that Negan now owns these characters; they will no longer have moments or memories like this, because he will be taking control of them — should they survive.

Introducing The Kingdom

A safe haven or a killing ground?
A safe haven or a killing ground?

Carol and Morgan were last seen heading off in a different direction together. The trailer sees the pair arrive in a new location — The Kingdom. Remember, Carol was badly injured so she's in need of rest and recuperation, but will The Kingdom be her sanctuary? While this setting is new to the show, fans of the comic books will know The Kingdom as an important location.

If you look closely at the still above, you will see Morgan wheeling Carol around, implying that Carol could be out of action for quite some time. Moreover, the fact that she is helped by the people of The Kingdom has us assuming that this place is friendly, in contrast to what the rest of the group is face with Negan as their potential master.

Crazy Carol Is Back

Would you like cookies with that gunshot wound?
Would you like cookies with that gunshot wound?

Over the course of The Walking Dead, Carol turned from a meek, abused housewife into the most badass bitch on prime-time TV. However, Season 6 saw her begin to question all the killing that she had grown so accustomed to doing. She was having an identity crisis. Judging by the events in the trailer, Carol has well and truly learnt that you must adapt in order to survive. And it looks like crafty Carol is back — playing the mousy housewife while simultaneously hiding the fact she's a human killing machine. Go, Carol!

We're assuming that her act is for the benefit of the residents of The Kingdom. A new location means Carol has to bide her time to see if she can trust these people. If the people of The Kingdom are wise, then they'll learn to be wary of Carol because when people threaten her or her loved ones, she will retaliate.

Ezekiel And Shiva Are Finally On The Show!

Hear me roar! Ezekiel and Shiva, what a double act.
Hear me roar! Ezekiel and Shiva, what a double act.

The inclusion of The Kingdom on The Walking Dead inevitably means one thing: Ezekiel and Shiva are on the series at long last. The trailer culminates with King Ezekiel introducing himself, before his imposing pet tiger roars. If you don't read the comic books, then you might not realize how important Ezekiel is, so here's a little backstory for you: Ezekiel is king of The Kingdom and is a friend of the Hilltop Colony — he's also a close friend of Paul "Jesus" Monroe. Ezekiel detests Negan and the Saviors.

His arrival on the show surely means that the split narrative will continue — we'll have Carol and Morgan at The Kingdom, while Rick and the remainder of the group will be slaves for Negan and the Saviors. It's also worth noting the biblical connotations attached to this storyline. Negan believes in violent bloodshed and takes control of people based on their fear, wanting them to serve him and only him — a Satanic figure. In contrast, the biblically named Ezekiel and The Kingdom appear to take Carol in and help her recover. Jesus (again with the biblical name) will more than likely use Ezekiel to help take down Negan once and for all. It's the age-old story of good vs. evil, but who will win?

What's Jesus Up To?

Hunting or surviving?
Hunting or surviving?

We were often unsure of Jesus's motives during Season 6, but toward the end we began to trust him. In the trailer, Jesus only appears briefly, but he's taking out a lot of walkers, which leads us to believe there will be some sort of walker attack — or human attack that leads to a horde of walkers roaming free.

We also see Jesus in the back of a truck. If we remember back to last season, Jesus attempted to steal Rick's supplies — maybe he's hunting for supplies again, but the expression on his face leads us to believe he's hiding in this truck. But hiding from who? With Ezekiel's arrival, hopefully Jesus will prove his worth and help the Alexandrians and The Kingdom to finally take down Negan.

Tara And Heath Are Still Alive

Tara's alive, but struggling.
Tara's alive, but struggling.

Tara and Heath took off in a totally different direction last season, meaning that they escaped the wrath of Negan. Having been absent for the final few Season 6 episodes, we had begun to wonder what had happened to the duo. The last moments of the trailer relieve our worry — well, sort of — as we now know they are still with us. It's worth noting that Tara is threatening to shoot someone off screen before she hits them with the butt of her gun — this leads us to believe that the person is an alive human being and not a walker. But who is it?

Now that we'll have The Kingdom and Negan storylines, it makes us wonder where Tara and Heath will end up. Hopefully they'll make it to The Kingdom, because the other scenario is not worth thinking about. Of course, there is always the possibility that their story arc will take us in an entirely new direction.

Negan Is The Worst Threat Of All

All hail Negan — the deadliest Big Bad.
All hail Negan — the deadliest Big Bad.

Negan's arrival was heavily anticipated by fans of the comic books. However, people who have never read the books must have wondered how much worse than the Governor he could be. The Season 6 finale definitely gave fans a glimpse of his villain complex, but things are set to take a nosedive for Rick and co.

In the trailer, Negan snatches control of everything — the people, their belongings, the world in which they live. It's all a game to him, as we see through his taunting of "eeny, meeny, miny, moe." The post-apocalyptic world is up for grabs and Negan is currently at the top of the food chain. The Saviors obey his every move — notice how they bow when he walks by? Rick was an equal to the Governor, but with Negan, Rick has no control at all. Negan's menacing intimidation tactics give him a whole new level of power. He has complete control, and this makes him more scary than anyone our group have encountered thus far.

Saying goodbye — but to whom?
Saying goodbye — but to whom?

Despite a controversial season finale, fans are more excited than ever for the return of The Walking Dead. We know it's going to break our hearts, but we can't help but wonder who will meet their maker at the hands of Negan. Either way, we're super excited to see what happens next season.

Who do you think Negan will kill in the season premiere of The Walking Dead? Tell me in the comment section below.