AMC finally delivered on months of agonizing speculation Friday, dropping the first trailer for The Walking Dead's seventh season. The Dead team invaded San Diego Comic-Con, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan even bringing along his character Negan's trusty companion Lucille, a.k.a. that bat laden with death:
The fresh trailer kicks off with an emotional look back at who exactly Negan's bat victim may have been, though the retrospective strategically ends before actually providing anything resembling an answer. But the AMC gods know better than to leave Dead fans empty-handed. Here we get our first look at King Ezekiel, played by Khary Payton.
"It was a pretty traumatic and intense and weird two nights," star Andrew Lincoln toldVariety after that (spoiler alert!) death-centered finale aired in April. "It's an astonishing scene and I thought Jeffrey Dean Morgan was just magnificent and magnetic in it. But also it was the first time I had felt a sense of unity and focus and intensity from everybody. All around the camera and also from the entire cast. I hadn't felt like that since Season 1."
Ahead of the presumably heartbreaking premiere, Deadlinereports that AMC will be debuting a behind-the-scenes featurette centered on the making of Dead's seventh season Aug. 14. Additionally, AMC is hoping to get all the aloof lames caught up on the entire series with a two-hour recap special Oct. 16.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC Oct. 23.