The first half of the AMC show’s latest instalment has shown a constant stream of viewers’ beloved characters embarking on All Out War against Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors.
Episode seven of the zombie horror then saw Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) carefully laid plans to destroy his nemesis inadvertently sabotaged by Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) and Morgan Jones (Lennie James), as Negan looks set to gain the upper hand once more in the next chapter.
In an interview with The Independent, actress Katelyn Nacon, who plays the young Enid, revealed: “There is going to be some tough stuff to come but I feel like it will come with a silver lining because there are a lot of horrifying things to come, but also a lot of beautiful things that comes with it, comes because of it.”
She teased: “It’s a big win-lose situation because it is a tough show to get through – it can punch you back – but I would say that a lot of beauty comes from the horror. We have to wait and see what’s going to come after and how it’s going to affect the show.”
The latest trailer indicates that Rick’s immediate family, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), are left fearing for their lives as they hold tight at the Alexandria fort, but could this be the moment Carl steps up as a leader in his father’s place, or is there a more frightening fate planned?
The teen declares: “All we’ve got to do is survive the night,” which could reveal one of the characters holed up may ultimately lose their battle.
One possibility is that the devastating theory surrounding baby Judith’s future could come true, following the introduction of the little girl Rick discovered at the Sanctuary as he realised he’d killed her father.
Fans speculated that the flash forward sequence depicting Old Man Rick actually featured the aforementioned infant years later, rather than the sheriff’s own daughter.
Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed that the stuffed bunny rabbit residing in the orphaned-baby’s cot was being carried by the mystery-blonde child in the flash forward, seemingly confirming the upsetting theory that Judith’s death is imminent.
But will it occur in the mid-season finale, titled How It’s Gotta Be? And what would the impact be on Rick and his ever-hardening son Carl?