‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7: When Does it Premiere?
Eugene Is Scared in The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale
Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7: When Does it Premiere?

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With The Walking Dead Season 6 now officially and frustratingly behind us, it’s now time to start looking ahead to Season 7.

While specific intel about TWD’s seventh season will be hard to come by until the cast begins filming in May, we do have a good idea of when the first episode of the new season might premiere.

Our trusty schedule (paired with years of TWD knowledge) tells we can likely expect new episodes of the AMC drama on Sunday, October 9, 2016, though AMC has yet to announce a specific premiere date.

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Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 all premiered in October, and AMC should be sticking with the undead timeframe for Season 7. TWD Season 1 premiered on Halloween 2010. Season 2 kicked off on October 16, 2011. Season 3 debuted on October 14, 2012. Season 4 began on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Season 5 started on Sunday, October 12, 2014, and Season 6 premiered on October 11, 2015.

Sasha, Rick, and Abraham See the Saviors in The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale
Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

As for what we can expect from the Season 7 opener?

Though the cast and crew are apparently unaware of who Negan killed in the finale, the new season will pick up right where Season 6 left off and reveal Negan’s victim right off the bat. Pun intended. 

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Furthermore, TWD showrunner Scott Gimple told The Hollywood Reporter the first half of Season 7 is going to open up even more beyond Alexandria, The Saviors and The Hilltop. 

“We'll have a wide variety of locales and tone and characters," he revealed during a post-finale conference call. “There's going to be … probably the biggest variety of stories we've had yet.” 

Carol and a Walker in The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale
Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

He added, “Without spoiling anything, things are going to start off very, very dark because everybody knows where we're starting. But that won't be the whole season. It's not going to be darkness upon darkness upon darkness.” 

The central theme of Season 7, Scott said, is “‘How do you begin again?’ The world is not what they thought it was, so how do you start over in this new world?” 

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And if you’re thinking that will only apply to the dozen or so characters currently at Negan’s mercy, think again.

“Even the characters who weren't in that lineup are in a position where they will learn the world isn't what they thought it was,” Scott explained, noting that would include both light and dark stories. “For some, it isn't going to be wholly negative but it will challenge them with how they chose to move forward and who they want to be.”

We’re sure we’ll care about all that minutia at some point, Scott, but right now we just want to know who Negan killed!

The Walking Dead Season 7 will premiere in the fall on AMC.

Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of The Walking Dead Season 6 below:
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TWD Producers Promise to Redeem Themselves For That Cliffhanger
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