There have been too many deaths already since season 7 of "The Walking Dead" returned on AMC in October and it would be too unfortunate to see more characters die as Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) group continues to find a way to survive Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) threat. Reports suggest that there will be no more deaths when season 7 returns with episode 9 in February.
Showrunner Scott Gimple revealed in an interview with Comic Book that the succeeding episodes of season 7 after its midseason break will be a lot different from what fans have been used to in the previous installments. "I will say 7B's vibe is very different from 7A's vibe. The ending of 7B is very different than the beginning of 7A. Just the vibe in 7B, I was just talking about it with Andy Lincoln last night. It's just a very, very different half season than the half season that preceded it."
Season 7 opened with a very tragic incident that involved the death of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) in the hands of the group's new enemy, Negan. Glenn's death, specifically, came as a shocking development for millions of fans worldwide as he has been a crucial part of the TV series since season 1.
After the death of Glenn and Abraham, fans saw the different characters cope in various ways. Rick, for one, tamed his inner rage and submitted to the demands of Negan, in order to spare the residents of Alexandria from his violent outbursts. Several members of their group, however, are not in agreement with Rick's decision. Carl (Chandler Riggs), in a previous episode, went as far as going to the Sanctuary — home of Negan and the Saviors — and open fired at a couple of men.
Moreover, viewers also saw Rosita (Christian Serratos) muster the courage to attempt to kill Negan in episode 8, but unfortunately failed. As a consequence of Rosita's bold move, Olivia (Ann Mahoney) was shot dead. In the same episode, Negan also killed Spencer (Austin Nichols).
Meanwhile, sources are hinting that Heath (Corey Hawkins) might still be alive after having been separated from Tara (Alanna Masterson), while the two were out scavenging for new supplies and encountered a group of Walkers.
"The Walking Dead" season 7 episode 9 returns on Feb. 12, Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT on AMC.