After spending the past three episodes kneeling in the woods, visiting the Kingdom, and locked inside the Saviors’ camp, “The Walking Dead” is finally poised to return to Alexandria. Airing on Sunday, November 13, the fourth episode “Service” will find Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company returning home after the brutal loss at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Watch AMC’s preview trailer for Season 7, Episode 4 above.
It should be quite a shock to the Alexandrians when Rick returns defeated, the mangled bodies of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) in tow. The trailer depicts Rick holding a town meeting in the church, explaining the new arrangement with Negan and the Saviors. How will survivors like Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), who have never seen Rick in a position of weakness, accept their lot as laborers?
Hopefully the Alexandrians fall in line quickly. Negan’s ominous shadow is seen outside the gates of the safe zone, his voice commanding, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.” There are shots of Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) with looks of pure horror on their faces. Could Negan claim another victim?
If a headstrong person like Spencer (Austin Nichols) doesn’t accept Negan’s rule, the mad leader will surely use Lucille as a demonstration of power. And since the Saviors make their way through the gates of Alexandria in the promo, one has to wonder what they will demand from Rick’s group.
Negan already receives food and medicine from the Kingdom and Hilltop, respectively. Could he decide he wants to shop at the loaded weapons cache? Weapons are all Alexandria has left, and if the Saviors pillage that supply, the town will be woefully unprepared for future conflicts.
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