In a cruel twist of scheduling fate, The Walking Dead returns on Valentine’s Day, a.k.a. what’s supposed to be a joyous, feel-good, love-filled holiday. But we all know there are no candy hearts or Cupid arrows in the Walker-infested world -- and judging by the first look at this Sunday’s episode, we may be in for a bloody Valentine’s Massacre.
On Wednesday, AMC released the first four minutes of the mid-season premiere, which finds Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) en route back to Alexandria, oblivious to the fresh hell unfolding there.
In a post-credits scene following last November’s midseason finale, we saw the trio being stopped by Negan’s motorcycle gang, and that’s where this teaser picks up. What follows is a standoff of sorts that doesn’t appear to bode well for our heroes.
Besides leaving us on a pulse-pounding cliffhanger, the preview also includes the first mention of Negan, the most feared villain in the Walking Dead universe. (Oh, you thought the Governor was bad? LOL, ask comic book fans who’s really the worst.) Jeffrey Dean Morgan has nabbed the role of the big bad, and he’ll reportedly make his debut in the season six finale, before appearing as a series regular in the already-ordered seventh season.
Speaking of the Season 6 finale, Entertainment Weekly spoke to Andrew Lincoln about the (probably carnage-filled episode), and he painted a shockingly dire picture of what’s to come.
“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script,” Lincoln said. “It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.”
EW also unveiled six collectible covers on Wednesday featuring Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and more of TWD’s beloved characters. The only question is, which ones will survive the season?
The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. on AMC.