3 OMG Moments from The Walking Dead Premiere


The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere was one for the books. And in case you need a reminder of just how shocking it was, I’m breaking down the top 3 “OMG” moments.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been replaying the premiere of The Walking Dead, “The Time Will Come When You Won’t Be,” in your head, over and over again, since Sunday. You’ve been questioning every detail of every scene. You’ve torn apart the things you would change. You’ve wondered how these characters will move on after what they’ve just experienced. And, like most episodes of The Walking Dead, you’ve questioned how this world could possibly get any worse. Well, let me sum it all up for you.

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1. Two People Die

The writers and producers promised us an episode to remember. We all knew one of the characters would be taken from us. But what nobody expected is that it would actually be two characters. Two people would have their brains bashed in by the most hated villain in all of The Walking Dead history- Negan. Both Abraham and Glenn died during Sunday’s episode, and fans were in complete shock and denial. Some question if they went too far. Some found the episode a perfect balance between gore and emotion. Some, like me, haven’t decided quite yet.

What I’m really curious about is how this will effect the others. Especially Maggie. This girl has lost everyone she’s ever loved. First, her father from being beheaded. Then, her sister, who was accidentally shot. And through both of those deaths, Glenn was there to comfort her, to reassure her purpose here, to be her light in a world a dark. With Glenn gone, I wonder what will happen to Maggie. She could either lose herself, or dig down and find a strength she never knew she had. I’m hoping for the latter, but I assume it’ll take awhile to get there. We’re going to see a huge character arc this season for her.

I’m also curious about how Sasha will move on. Sasha has a tough skin and hides most of her emotions, but the emotions were always still there. Her and Abraham’s relationship was anything but ordinary. So when he flashed her that final peace sign, our hearts broke with hers. Will this be the thing that destroys her heart for good?

And of course, I can’t forget Daryl. I mean, it was his fault that Glenn died. If he hadn’t taken out his rage on Negan, Glenn would still be here. This will effect him- how could it not? But the question is, how will he take out his anger now? How will he get back at Negan? Because we all know Daryl, and we all know he’ll sure as hell try.

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2. Rick Grimes is Broken

Let’s talk Rick Grimes now. Out of everyone kneeling in that semi-circle of horror, Rick Grimes went through the most. Emotionally and physically. Negan played ming games with him. He tested Rick’s limits. He wanted to see the look of fear on Rick’s face that finally meant Negan was the man in charge here. And he sure did.

I’ve never seen anyone put fear on Rick’s face like Negan did. I’ve never seen Rick tremble, with beads of sweat rolling down his face. Rick Grimes broke in the Season 7 premiere. Rick Grimes is now broken.

Will this ignite a fire in him? Will it make him want revenge? Or has he finally accepted the fact that this is their future now? He’s quoted in the preview for next episode saying, “I’m not in charge anymore. Negan is.” Well, maybe for now. But my bet is that Rick and Daryl take their regret and their hate, and show Negan who’s boss in this world. Because there’s only one Rick Grimes, and Negan- you are not it.

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3. The Humanity is Gone

This episode was a turning point in The Walking Dead and I’ll tell you why. Any sense of humanity that was possibly left on this show, any sense of regret, guilt, empathy, sympathy, grief… It’s gone. It left the show the minute Negan lined up eleven of Rick’s group with the intention to beat one of their skulls in. The humanity was gone when Negan took his first blow to Abraham.

We’ve seen villain’s in previous seasons. We know the cunning Governor. We remember the cannibalistic Terminus. How about Joe- the guy who threatened to rape Carl? The Walking Dead is no stranger to an enemy- to someone the fandom hates, even despises. But let’s face it, Negan makes Hannibal Lecter look like an old buddy you’d want to run into. Negan, singlehandedly, ripped the humanity out of the show.

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Questions still remain for the outcome of The Walking Dead’s seventh season. Fans are curious how each one of these characters could possibly move on after this. Hell, we don’t even know if we can move on after this. But we’re going to try. And we’re going to trust that there’s vengeance at the end of this brutal tunnel.

Next: Curtain Call: Glenn Rhee

Episode 2 of The Walking Dead, “The Well,” premieres 10/30 on AMC at 9/8c.