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Prepare for Some of Negan’s Brutality in The Walking Dead Premiere

Just as when we're starting to feel a little more of what's to come in The Walking Dead season 7 apart from Negan's reign, we're taken back to his brutality once more.

Tom Payne, who plays the role of Jesus, described to Express that the premiere episode will be graphic. True, we already expected this—head bashing, anyone?—but it seems that this brutality will also be sticking to our mainstays just as much as The Death would.

According to Payne, the premiere will be so graphic, viewers will wish they wouldn't see it, or would wish to un-see it. This seems like a big contradiction to what viewers have been crying out since that cliffhanger ending; about how the showrunners should have shown who had died and how.

"The beginning of next season is going to be very tough and pretty graphic and horrible. But it sets up the whole season, it's the beginning of the whole next story, it sets up Negan, this awful, awful persona and the things that he is capable of doing."

But of course, we already knew that. Perhaps the biggest opener for the season would be the fact that viewers will come into the new season hating Negan so much, they'd want him defeated.

Perhaps for the first time, we'd feel that same intense solidarity with Rick and the crew, Sure, for the past few seasons, they've become so tough, they bordered on being bad. But maybe what Payne means here is that the brutality of Negan will become so palpable, it creates a bond stronger in the aim of defeating him. Payne does hope that Jesus will become an integral part of Rick's crew.

If our Lucille candidate does die in the premiere episode, I do hope this happens, too.

The Walking Dead season 7 premiere will be on Oct. 23 on AMC.

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