AMC will kick off the second half of The Walking Dead season seven on February 12, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT. Season seven part two will consist of eight new one-hour episodes, and the network’s just released a new poster titled ‘Rise Up’ for the upcoming second half of the current season. For those who need to catch up on the first half of the season, episodes one through eight are now streaming On Demand.
The midseason finale found Rick (Andrew Lincoln) finally coming to the realization that fighting Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors was the only option. Episode eight’s final scenes showed Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Tara (Alanna Masterson) arriving at Hilltop and reuniting with Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Enid (Katelyn Nacon), Daryl (Norman Reedus), and Jesus (Tom Payne). The winter finale sets up the second half of the season to feature a battle between the united towns of Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom against Negan and The Saviors.
In an interview published on AMC’s The Walking Dead blog, Lincoln described what it felt like to film the reunion scene. “It was like coming up for air. We knew that this part of the story was going to be painful. We knew it from the comics and we got a very strong sense of the cloud forming towards the end of last season, but even though we have no guns, no equipment, nothing to fight him with, just the knowledge that it has begun gives such a sense of purpose again and hope. Filming just that sequence was enough to propel us,” said Lincoln.