Robert Kirkman on when the Walking Dead midseason premiere picks up

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Jan 13, 2016, 4:36 PM EST

Ahead of the midseason premiere of its hit zombie series The Walking Dead, AMC has released a new pic and an official key-art for the second part of Season 6, while Robert Kirkman teased what we can expect when the show returns with the highly anticipated episode “No Way Out” on Feb. 14. Hint: Moar zombie guts.

Ending on a massive cliffhanger, the midseason finale left the fate of Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the rest of the gang up in the air and us sitting on the edge of our seats going “Nooooo!!!”.

With Alexandria under siege from hundreds of shuffling, rotting walkers, Rick and a few of the zombie apocalypse survivors were left covered in zombie guts (ewwww) trying to escape the herd that broke through the town walls. But will the midseason premiere pick up right where we left off, or will there be a time jump?


Walking Dead comic book creator and show executive producer Robert Kirkman (via Entertainment Weekly) has the answer.

“Yeah, we actually don’t get back to that for seven episodes or so. It’s going to be quite a cliff-hanger. Nah, I’m joking. We pick up right in that moment. Alexandria is overrun. Rick and the kids are all covered in guts trying to get through the crowd. Everyone is where we last saw them, and things get worse from there.”

I’m sure Sam (Major Dodson) letting out a frightened “mom”— not once but twice — sure won’t help matters as they were literally surrounded by hundreds of walkers drawn to sound like a moth to a flame. But even though things are about to get way, way, way worse than they already are doesn’t mean our survivors are going to move on from the town they’ve started to call home. (Much like the prison, only better -- except for the zombies who decided to take up residence there, I'm sure.)

“It comes back to those plans of rebuilding Alexandria. Assuming some people survive, and it’s a good bet that some do because they’ve already talked in the midseason finale that they’re not planning on leaving Alexandria. It’s a bump in the road, but there’s something special there, and they can turn this into an anchor that they can build upon. They actually have a chance at surviving long term and building a safe place, not going from safety to safety to safety the way they have for the life of the show. This isn’t the prison, and ‘Oh, we gotta move on from here and find another place.’ This is something different. And from there, there will be other things that expand their world in new and terrifying ways.”

Those new things will be the villainous, foul-mouthed Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), his beloved barb-wired bat Lucille, and his group of followers called the Saviors, last seen blocking the road to Alexandria to Daryl, Sasha and Abraham. We'll also see the introduction of fan favorite Paul “Jesus” Monroe (Tom Payne), the Hilltop Colony, and its leader Gregory (Xander Berkeley).

Check out the cool piece of key-art below, and let us know what you think. 


(via EW)