There was certainly no shortage of new characters and communities during the first half of The Walking Dead Season 7. While none of those communities would be ideal to live in, at least they were a lot nicer than Terminus. Which one would you chose?
Each community in Season 7 has its pros and cons based on what we have seen so far. Let's break 'em down! To make it even more exciting, in anticipation of TWD's return on Sunday, February 12th, I will give each community a power rating in terms of Lucilles, five being the highest!
- Protective walls
- Comfortable living
- Rick's experienced group
- Surrounded by threats
- Vulnerable location, easily infiltrated
- Lack of supplies due to the deal with the Saviors
- Rest of community is inexperienced
The suburban Virginia neighborhood served as a safe-zone for Rick's group, but that comfort soon vanished. Living in Alexandria gave the community the feeling of escape from the dangers lurking behind the walls. That sense of safety proved to be detrimental when threats proved how inexperienced the community was when dealing with the new normal.
Losing powerful members like Glenn and Abraham, along with Rick's questionable leadership capability, could suggest that Alexandria may no longer have a bright future. The only way to get the upper hand on Negan and the Saviors will be to ally with other communities.
Score: 1 out of 5 Lucilles!
- Rural location with protective wall
- Farming community
- Medical on-site
- Jesus as a key member
- Current deal with the Saviors
- Lack of leadership with Gregory
- Small in size
- Not much supply in weaponry
Seemingly thriving when viewers were first introduced to the small Hilltop community, later events prove they may not be as well-off as they pretend to be. Gregory's bullying tactics and cowering in the face of danger does not bode well for a community that needs protecting.
The rural location and agriculture are definitely advantages, and it does not hurt to have a member like Jesus who is like a ninja when it comes to scoping out supplies. A close-knit group can never hurt — and if Maggie takes over in a leadership role, the Hilltop has a chance.
Score: 3 out of 5 Lucilles!
- Strong leadership in Ezekiel
- Pet tiger, Shiva
- Very large in size
- Army of fighters equipped with weaponry and armor
- Large amount of supplies
- Sense of normalcy within community (school, market, choir, movie nights)
- Access to medical treatment
- Supply deal with Saviors
- Keeping information about threats away from community
- Inexperienced community members
It never hurts to have a leader who has a tiger as a pet. The intimidation factor shoots up dramatically with a giant teeth-baring tiger by your side. The Kingdom also has the community feel, but unlike Alexandria, they have ample resources.
The vast size and protection — along with supplies, medical treatment, and electricity — prove life-changing. The community may feel like it's safe, but King Ezekiel decides not to disclose the truth about its threats. The cordial relationship with the Saviors seems temporary, but they have the knowledge and man-power to train their fellow survivors to protect the community.
Score: 5 out of 5 Lucilles!
- Hidden from sight within a campground in the woods
- Large arsenal of weapons
- In close proximity to the beach, unlimited fish to eat
- Untrustworthy of all strangers, may kill you on sight
- All men (and children over 10) were killed by the Saviors
The woodland colony might be the the most mysterious in terms of details, but it is also the most intriguing due to its survival methods. Staying hidden in an abandoned campground provides them protection and countless escape routes. They are close to the ocean so they have an unlimited supply of fish, which can never be a bad thing unless you hate seafood.
Let's not forget that cache of weapons they have on hand. The colony is run by women because the Saviors executed the men prior to their move to Oceanside. They seem to be surviving well, but their past is affecting future alliance opportunities considering they shoot at strangers on sight and don't want to give up their location. Their reasoning is very understandable, but for now they are the wildcards.
Score: 4 out of 5 Lucilles!
- Secured factory setting with chainlink fences and walker traps
- Self-sustaining community with careers such as janitor, doctor and gardener
- Well-supplied from other surrounding communities
- Negan's sociopathic tendencies
- Many enemies
- Lack of morals
- Lack of trust within community
On the outside, the Sanctuary probably seems like the place to be. The compound is secure and the factory is giant, making it hard to attack; they even use walkers as defensive traps. But living inside the Sanctuary seems like hell. All of the Saviors seem on edge and are required to walk on eggshells while Negan is around.
Having all of the power, Negan has no problem punishing his own people and condemning them to confinement or even death. He walks around the compound as if he is the king and terrorizes surrounding communities. Most of the Saviors are loyal, but there is no doubt that a few troublemakers are thrown into the bunch.
The group has made a ton of enemies, and it's just a matter of time until those enemies fight back. The only way to stay safe in the Sanctuary, for now, would be to lay low or become one of Negan's many protected wives.
Score: 2 out of 5 Lucilles!
So if I had to choose, I would probably pick to join either the Kingdom or Oceanside. Now remember, this is all opinion — based on my ratings — so be sure to sound off in the comments below!
The Walking Dead returns Sunday February 12th at 9 p.m. on AMC! Which Season 7 community would you live in and why?
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