As much as I’d love to tell you there was a ripple in the space-time continuum and Oct. 11 has arrived early — bringing with it the highly anticipated Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead — alas, ’tis not so. However, I do come bearing more TWD news to tide you over.
To be more specific, I’m here to let you know an as-of-yet unseen photo from Season 7 was just released. And we all know what this means, right? That’s right, my friends… clues.
In full disclosure, though, there’s really only so much you can glean from this newly released photo (follow the article link in the tweet below to view the full image) since, well, there’s only one person in it: Morgan. In the picture, Morgan looks considerably more cleaned up than the last time we saw him and he is once again wielding his trademark pole.
The good news is at least we know Morgan is alive and relatively well. He doesn’t look to be in any imminent danger — don’t mind his stern expression; Morgan throws perma-shade regardless — but he does appear to be staring directly at someone.
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As you well remember, at the close of Season 6 Morgan and Carol had been helped by some apparently decent people who were now leading the dynamic duo to their camp. Could Morgan be staring at one of his new friends?
For that matter, could those new “friends” be members of The Kingdom, a colony whose “Knights” are depicted in the comic wearing armor similar to the armor worn by these newcomers? If so, that certainly sets up Season 7 to open up nicely into a much larger world than our heroes have ever known.
According to The Walking Dead Wiki page for The Kingdom, it consists of “a community of survivors found in Washington, D.C., who are based at a high school surrounding by a wall of buses and sheets of metal.”
I’m no metallurgist or anything, but the building Morgan is standing in front of in the Season 7 photo that just dropped certainly seems to match that description. Here’s why that’s significant.
In the comic series, The Kingdom is part of the same trading system Rick and Maggie put into place. Rick and Paul Monroe at some point approach The Kingdom’s leader — an eccentric former zookeeper with a pet tiger, yes a tiger, named Shiva — to propose they join forces to defeat Negan’s Saviors.
To make a long story short, Ezekial becomes a trusted ally to Rick’s crew and The Kingdom becomes a very important locale in the grand scheme of their existence in this post-apocalyptic world.
Having said all of that, we’d probably be stretching a little to look that far into a simple picture of Morgan standing with his staff in front of a building. However, it’s not unreasonable to deduce he could be in The Kingdom based on the metal-sided building.
What do you think? Is this picture a clue or is TWD just toying with fans?
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