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Rick Has His Mojo Back in THE WALKING DEAD’s Spring Premiere

By on January 31, 2017

Danai Gurira as Michonne, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

It’s been a tough season, both for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, who together witnessed eye-watering (and eye-popping) violence, death and torture at the hands of Savior leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his seemingly unstoppable community of cutthroats.

With Rick beaten down, his group divided, and Daryl (Norman Reedus) stowed away in Negan’s compound, we feared we might never see Rick return to the strong and confident leader he once was, and to be honest, the whole thing left us feeling a little down.

However, December’s mid-season finale offered a note of hope. Daryl successfully escaped his tormentor and returned to Rick safely. Not only that but he came bearing gifts, one of which being Rick’s iconic handgun.

We were treated to a final moment of togetherness as the gang came together for the first time since Glenn’s death. Ok, it wasn’t quite the outdoorsy meal complete with rustic table linens that Rick fantasized about in the gruesome season 7 premiere, but we’ll take it.

The upbeat tone looks set to continue into season 7b, with showrunner Scott Gimple promising that we’ll see a “very different” second half to the season — along with a smiling Rick Grimes in February 12th’s Spring premiere.

Sounds too good to be true?

Take a look at the largish collection of photos from the premiere in our gallery below (along with one from episode 10). By all accounts it looks like Rick’s plan is to unite Hilltop, Alexandria the Kingdom, and other isolated communities against the Saviors.

Now that really would be something to smile about.

The first episode back is called “Rock in the Road” and it airs on Sunday, February 12 on AMC.

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The Walking Dead "Rock in the Road"

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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