After two weeks of filler, it looks like "The Walking Dead" will finally move the plot forward with its last two episodes of 2016.
Episodes five and six paused the main group's action at the Alexandria Safe Zone to explore storylines at two other post-apocalyptic communities -- the Hilltop and a newly discovered, all-female community hiding in a compound of abandoned fishing huts.
With Alexandria, The Kingdom, Hilltop and the Oceanside community, that brings the number of groups subjugated by Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) "Saviors" to four, leaving open the possibility that those groups will band together to fight the villainous Negan during the season's second half. Revenge remains foremost on the minds of several main characters, including Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Michonne (Danai Gurira).
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara on the show, hints at cooperation among the groups seeking revenge against Negan. In episode six, she promises the people at the Oceanside community that she'll never tell anyone they exist -- but Masterson said her promise is put to the test as the main characters in Alexandria are pushed to their breaking point by Negan and the Saviors.
"You’ll see throughout the season what making that promise does to her," Masterson told EW.
But in the meantime the action will return to Negan, the Saviors and their compound in episode seven, titled "Sing Me A Song." Previews for the episode show Negan rallying his troops, presenting them as a sort of post-apocalyptic police force that just so happens to murder people randomly and demand tribute from other groups.
Viewers got a look at Negan's compound earlier this season in an episode centered on Daryl (Norman Reedus), who has been taken prisoner by the Saviors. The audience learned that Negan not only rules over his people with an iron fist, but he also makes his people kneel -- literally -- when he walks by them, and keeps a personal harem mostly composed of women whose husbands he's killed. Previews for episode seven promise a closer look at Negan, his gang, and the way they operate.
As it has in previous seasons, the zombie drama will take a mid-season break lasting from mid-December until early February. The show is expected to air season seven's second half -- which has eight episodes -- after the NFL season ends, so AMC's cash cow won't compete with the playoffs or Super Bowl for ratings.