The Walking Dead season seven premiere entitled, ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.’ aired with millions of rabid Walking Dead fans tuning in to see which beloved character(s) from Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group of zombie apocalypse survivors met their demise at the hands of the show’s newest bad guy, Negan as played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
WARNING THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!! STOP READING IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE PREMIERE EPISODE!
Interestingly it seemed that the show’s producers on the one hand stayed true to Robert Kirkman’s original comic series published by Image Comics, while also taking creative license and changing what occurred on the actual show as they have been known to do. In essence fans of Kirkman’s zombie opus were forced to view the death of no less than two fan favorites of the long running AMC hit show.
While the episode did not begin immediately where it left off on the season six cliff hanger and finale, it starts a very short time after Negan murders two long time characters whose loss will be felt for some time to come and indeed change the fabric of the show to an unknown degree.
In a very short time however, we do indeed see flashbacks of the tragic events through Rick’s eyes, the drama and suspense of which are masterfully delivered to the audience in nothing less than a pulse pounding and nail biting crescendo of visuals.
Greg Nicotero’s beautifully directs the episode which forces the viewer to relive the final moments before Negan chooses his first victim who is Abraham as played by Michael Cudlitz. It is hard to imagine how anyone watching the season seven premiere could have looked away as Abraham is brutally murdered by Negan’s barbed wire wrapped baseball bat named ‘Lucielle’.