It's only been a few weeks since #TheWalkingDead mid-season finale, but AMC have already released some cryptic promo photos for Season 7B.
TVLine released the above image courtesy of AMC, which appears to show Rick's group attempting to negotiate with Gregory— and by the look on Maggie's face, he's not making it easy for them. It sets the tone for Season 7B, which will revolve around the various groups of survivors banding together to take down Negan.
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Breaking It Down:
The 15 photos released by AMC via their Facebook page, however, aren't quite so clear. Let's take a look at what they are, and what they could mean:
8. Shadowy Figures
This is an obvious reference to the comics, showing the survivors united in their war against the Saviors. If you look closely at the photo, you can almost make out the silhouette of Carl's hat. They're definitely read for "all out war"!
The dynamite is most likely part of the late Fat Joey's plan to divert a nearby herd of walkers. It's unknown who will be taking over this project, though the arrival of Eugene to the Sanctuary may see him stepping into this role.
And no, those nuts aren't a tribute to Abraham "suck my nuts" Ford. According to a comment on The Walking Dead Facebook page, they're two of the ingredients for the explosive:
If there's anything this show needs more of, it's bikes. After all, gas reserves are bound to dry up sooner or later. Remember Rick's bike from episode one? That guy had just come out of a coma and already he had the right idea— too bad he ditched it for that easily-spooked horse.
The purpose of the bike in the first photo is unknown, but the vessel on the front of it looks to be an old upturned army helmet. Judging from the light, the contraption in the second photo could also be a part of the same bike, or it might even be a part of Joey's explosives operation. Or both!
Another Facebook commenter also made an interesting observation on the choice of twine used in the second photo:
Will be be seeing more of Oceanside, or even the doomsday prepper from the houseboat?
That's one grainy, Norman-Reedus-Instagram-quality photo of a place that's seen better days. This could be a new location— the shopping trolley might suggest a shopping mall. However, the sloped roofs look quite similar to those at the Kingdom. Will their quaint little town survive a war against the Saviors?
Everyone on The Walking Dead has been jumping on the homesteading craze, starting with Deanna's ambitious crop plans for Alexandria. These photos could tie in with Season 7B's message of "rise up"— plants are literally rising up from the ground. Get it?
But these snaps are far from cheerful. Could this indicate gardening duties being ditched for more important matters— like war? Or the groups under the control of Negan refusing to grow any more surplus produce for the Saviors? Grow your own damn cantaloupes, jerks!
Looks like Judith's getting creative with her finger painting! In all seriousness, whose bloody handprint is that? And in whose house? Is this some kind of Rorsach test? Get out of my head, Nicotera!
The empty grave could point to a couple of the things. It might be Maggie's fake grave at Alexandria, though the ground around it looks far too barren— not to mention the pile of trash nearby. That means it could be the final resting place for another character. But who? The comics might have the answer:
In the comics, Lucille gets destroyed in the midst of one Negan's frenzied whacking. He buries the remains in a grave, and says a moving eulogy for the original Lucille— his wife: "I'm sorry I named a stupid fucking baseball bat after you".
Speaking of dead people, what happened to the guy in the bottom photo? That's no mere decomposed walker; It almost looks like someone got spontaneously melted, possibly by napalm. It also looks like there's something clutched in their right hand— a walnut shell? Can walnut shells survive a napalm attack? I honestly don't know enough about walnut science to rule that out as a possibility. Someone get Bill Nye on the phone, stat!
2. Rubber Ducks
This one's a doozy. What meaning could there be behind a whole bunch of rubber ducks? The only connection here is Duck, a character from the first Walking Dead Telltale Game.
Unfortunately, Duck died very soon after the virus outbreak, so he most likely won't be making an appearance on the show— unless they adapt his character to a new storyline.
A lantern and a drill hanging from a window. What could this mean? And where is it? The lantern could set the location at the doomsday prepper's boat, since he's most likely off-grid. Is he actually alive and still causing trouble for Rick's group? Worse yet, the drill could indicate some horrific torture in store for one unlucky person. Things could be getting gory again.
Did you figure out the meaning behind any of the photos? Take another look at the promo for Season 7B of The Walking Dead and see if you can spot any clues: