AMC’s The Walking Dead will really pick up steam on Sunday night, as Rick and the group has arrived in Alexandria, a place to rest, to finally live in peace, but not for long.
During Sunday’s episode of the zombie drama based on Robert Kirkman‘s best-selling comic series, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his beleaguered group arrived at the gates of Alexandria, the longest-running location featured in the series.
With their arrival comes the hope of a fresh start as the survivors will be tasked with seeing if they’re still human enough to fit in with a new society of people who also have weathered the zombie outbreak. And for fans of the long-running comic series, it also warns of imminent danger with the potential arrival of super-villain Negan, who was first introduced in the landmark (and devastating) 100th issue of Kirkman’s Image-Skybound series. Negan makes the Governor look like a kitten.
For noncomic-readers, Negan is the leader of a group known as the Saviors that uses fear and violence to control other colonies, including the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Negan has physically and mentally tortured the community outside Washington, D.C., where Rick and company lived for three years. After a bloody battle for the community with the Saviors, Negan captures Rick, Carl, Glenn, Maggie, Sophia, Michonne and Heath and takes control of Alexandria, but at a price.
“There are astonishingly brilliant and thrilling characters that I am convinced we would be idiots not to meet in our journey; I would be very surprised if we don’t see Negan on the horizon in the not-too-distant future,” Andrew Lincoln told THR Friday. “What struck me, that I’ve always been excited about, is we’re coming into the sixth season of this show … and it’s the medieval part of The Walking Dead comic, where you realize that there are these isolated communities but don’t really know other ones exist. But they’re all building and forming themselves with their own image. And then there’s a clash of those communities. That, to me, is really interesting and when it gets really exciting with all the action. It turns into this insane, near-apocalyptic landscape that we’ve never seen before. That is almost a reimagining and a restart for society and humanity. And that is such a rich thing to tell.”
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.