The first half of season 7 had a unique feel for fans of the The Walking Dead, but the showrunner promises a different experience in the last 8 episodes.
Season 7 of The Walking Dead kicked off on a down note for many fans of the show. Not only were two fan favorites killed off, but all sense of hope for the future of these characters was put into question as well.
Thankfully, over the course of the first 8 episodes of the season, that hope slowly returned. Headed into the midseason break, many of the characters had found their courage to fight back against those who oppress them.
Recently, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple spoke with Comicbook.com about the next 8 episodes in the series, and how they will feel compared to the first half of season 7. Here is what he said:
"“I will say 7B’s vibe is very different from 7A’s vibe. The ending of 7B is very different than the beginning of 7A,” Gimple said."
Fans of the series are hoping for more redemption and hope for Rick and the gang, but that isn’t exactly what Gimple said. However, the showrunner went on to attempt to clarify his statement.
"“It’s just a very, very different half season than the half season that preceded it. Even with structure, what we’re doing right now with the episodes and seeing where everyone is at, the structure is very, very different than the back half. There’s a lot more variety to the structure. It’s just a very, very different situation, but 6, 7, 8 … Wow, we’re really close, aren’t we? I would say the end of 7A is very different than the beginning of 7A. That’s the thing that kind of launches that different tone of 7B.”"
While at first this seems like a lot of words to say nothing, there are some things that taken away from this statement. The first thing is that the season premiere was very dark and the midseason finale gave hope. If the midseason finale is what launches the different tone, that means that more positive things could be on the way for Alexandria, The Hilltop, and The Kingdom.
Having the survivors overcome their oppression would be a great redemption story for the characters on The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes in particular. Hopefully, fans will get a chance to see that happen during the second half of season 7 in February of 2017.