The die is cast: Why TWD Season 7 part 2 will be awesome

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; BTS - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; BTS - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

The second half of The Walking Dead Season 7 promises to be awesome and this is why.

We’ve had a lot of discussion over the course of The Walking Dead Season 7 about the value of bottle episodes and how they impact the show. Some fans love the insight they provide, while other fans are chomping at the bit for the show to return to its ensemble feel that we have come to know and love.

That’s what makes this season so great. Everything we have seen so far in Season 7 has led us to the midseason finale. All of the players are in place and the story is brimming with energy to burst into the second half of the season with unbridled force.

To use a physics metaphor, everything that has happened in Season 7 so far has been potential energy. The midseason finale puts it all into motion and from here on out we’re talking kinetic energy all the way. The ball will be in motion and will be unstoppable as things that have been set in motion cannot be undone.

What we have learned so far in Season 7 is that there are two factions in Alexandria—those that believe the group should fight back against Negan, and those who are willing to play along at the risk of Negan’s wrath. Rick belongs in the latter category. Daryl was being held captive at the Sanctuary but someone slipped him a key to escape. Carl went on a mission to find Negan and got way more than he ever expected. Michonne doesn’t agree with Rick, and she hijacked a Savior scout’s truck to hitch a ride back to the Sanctuary. Rick and Aaron are about to either find a gold mine of a supply cache or risk their lives for nothing. Carol and Morgan are still chilling at the Kingdom with Ezekiel and his tiger Shiva, while Tara may or may not reveal the secret about Oceanside to everyone else. Rosita has a gun and a bullet and she’s cooking up a plan while Spencer is making bad decisions (as usual). Maggie is likely the next leader of the Hilltop, and Jesus disappeared into the Sanctuary when Negan and Carl were leaving. Oh, and Negan is waiting in Alexandria for Rick to return.

With all of this in mind, the stage is set for a lot to happen in the midseason finale and beyond. That’s what makes me think that the second half of Season 7 is going to be great.

I know there are people out there who will read this and have different opinions, and that’s totally fine. Having different opinions is what makes The Walking Dead fandom so much fun. Everyone has different ways of viewing the show and the characters, and we don’t always agree. I have always made it clear that I have not read the comics but will do so once it makes sense. (I actually have access to the entire comics series thanks to my brother in law so they’re just waiting for me. Not reading the comics allows me to view the show without expectation and allow the story to develop organically.)

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Everything we have seen so far leads us to this moment. There’s no denying that fact. The setup is done. Now comes the rest.