Saying that The Walking Deadwill be darker this new season is pretty much an understatement and then some.
More importantly, this season will be where the interesting stuff will start to happen, confirming what we all know to be the game-changer appeal of season seven. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln revealed what he felt will be this particular game-changer of the show.
"We are opening up in a way that we've not done before. And it truly is very brave, and is something that I looked forward to in the book. I've always thought this is really when it started to get really interesting. Because it's like, how are these different communities reinventing themselves? And what kind of society have they built? It's really, really cool. It feels deeper. It's darker."
However, Lincoln does encourage viewers and fans to keep holding on despite all the darkness, because there will be some sort of light somewhere. But what's more crucial is the fact that it will come with some more explorative storytelling from its showrunners.
Lincoln added that as far as relationships within communities go, Rick and the gang will not be alone despite Negan's rule. There's the Kingdom, already teased in the form of Ezekiel and his pet tiger. But there is also the presence of the survivors over at Hilltop. We may get a break from the tyranny, especially when the eccentric king is involved.
For now, as we get nearer to the premiere episode of The Walking Dead, we can look forward to the darkest moment. Daryl Dixon actor Norman Reedus has even teased that the events will be so dark, viewers might just kick their TV sets in afterwards. We're counting on it.
The Walking Dead will be back on Oct. 23 on AMC.