Everything We Know So Far About Season 7B of \'The Walking Dead\' (UPDATE)
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Everything We Know So Far About Season 7B of ‘The Walking Dead’ (UPDATE)

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The Walking Dead is hibernating until mid-February of 2017, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of cool news out there.

Here's everything we know so far about the back half of Season 7.

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Negan's brutal fearmongering has left Rick's group scattered in the wind for the majority of Season 7.

Now the gang is back — which promises big plans for the rest of the season.

Walking Dead Season 7 midseason finale group

The second half of Season 7 will be drastically different from the front half, showrunner Scott Gimple promises Comicbook.com.

Scott cites the Survivor-of-the-Week style that saw episodes featuring one or two core cast members at a time throughout Season 7A.

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"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," he hints.

"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."

With Negan's reign on the ropes, new characters being introduced to the Alexandrians, and the return of Rick's gun(!) we're expecting some major shakeups in the near future.

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Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

One huge change we can expect to see is the epic team-up of Sheriff Grimes and King Ezekiel.

Zeke has previously been opposed to fighting the Saviors, opting for peace instead.

Possible spoilers reveal the event that could sway his stance.

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Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

While examining The Walking Dead's tradition of brutally murdering people in their 14th episode of each respective season — Inquisitr brought up casting notes indicating one or two major players from the Kingdom are missing from the last several episodes of the season. 

It appears Richard, the eccentric king's right-hand man, is absent from episodes 15 and 16, as is Benjamin, Morgan's knight-in-training.

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Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

This theory lines up with the Spoiling Dead Fans cast sightings list, which sees Richard MIA for the tail-end of the season, though they see him disappear after Episode 10.

Richard was upset with Carol and Morgan's refusal to fight the Saviors. It's possible he recruits the young knight in an assassination attempt gone awry. Man. Looks like chivalry really is dead.

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And if that wasn't enough spoilery goodness for you — AMC has officially released the after credits scene originally aired with the midseason finale.

In case you missed the mysterious, booted stranger the first go-around — you can check out the scene on the next page!

The show's top-billed star also gave some recent intel on what to expect when the show returns.

Bloody Rick Aims His Gun in The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 11
Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

Rick Grimes potrayer Andrew Lincoln promises the back half of Season 7 will be more enjoyable for fans. 

“There’s a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you’ve ever seen before in Mr. Grimes. There’s sort of a freedom in him, a feeling that comes from losing everything, and also the thrill of the fight. It’s the thrill of the fight again. He’s back in. All I’m saying is that the band is back together…"

The talented Brit admitted one particular scene in episode 16 inspired him to put on his dancing shoes.

"There are several episodes that I loved being involved in and it certainly feels very much more like a show that I knew and recognized in the back eight," he muses.

"It’s The Magnificent Seven in the back half. Rather, the magnificent eight episodes. Wait till [episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”

What we wouldn't give to see a Rick/Daryl flash mob.

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Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

Perhaps one of the scenes that's got Andrew all riled up is the possible comic-inspired scene that could redeem the censored Season 4 finale quote.

Andrew was famously opposed to censoring the F-bomb and being forced to read that famous line as "They're screwing with the wrong people."

In the comics, when Negan is faced with the reality of war against Rick and his survivors — he's the one who has to sit through gleefully bad jokes when Rick sarcastically takes a jab at Negan's weapon of choice.

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The Walking Dead Cast Jokes Around on The Walking Dead Season 6 Set
Credit: Gene Page/AMC    

Until the season resumes, keep filling your Walking Dead fix right here! 

The Walking Dead midseason premiere airs Sunday February 12, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of The Walking Dead Season 7 below:

Everything We Know About The Walking Dead Season 7 From the Comics
How the Back Half of TWD Season 7 Will Look Different From Comics
Yes! Lots More Carol to Come in the Second Half of TWD's Season 7
TWD's Joshua Hoover Teases Negan's Reaction to Fat Joey's Death
AMC Renews The Walking Dead For Season 8