Rick Grimes lives in uncertain times, so it only makes sense that he fears for the future. In fact, in the latest trailer for the mid-season premiere of "The Walking Dead," he reemphasizes that his people must fight on when he says, "It's not about us anymore. It's about a future."
The "Rock in the Road" promo contains a few glimpses into this future. In several blink-or-you'll-miss-it moments, Rick stages a raid, Eugene blows up some latex gloves, Ezekiel calls in his guards, Rick stares down an armored walker and more.
According to the brief synopsis for the mid-season premiere, "Rick is introduced to a new community."
The rest of the season seven synopsis, which dropped earlier this month, reveals more of what’s ahead for Rick and his survivors:
The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.
Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.
We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC for the second half of its seventh season on February 12 at 9 pm ET/PT. “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peleteir, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Green, Danai Gurira as Michonne and more.