Alternate Season 7 Posters Focus on Negan’s Brutal Show Entry

  • “The Walking Dead” is in the middle of airing its final, 11th season.
  • Looking back at the show, Insider is sharing alternate posters for “TWD’s” seventh season premiere.
  • The posters are featured in “The Art of AMC’s The Walking Dead Universe,” out now.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s entry onto “The Walking Dead” as Negan, the loud, foul-mouthed leader of the Saviors, rattled fans when he killed not one, but two fan favorites across the show’s season six finale and season seven premiere

As “TWD” gears up for its final 16 episodes starting in February, Insider is looking back at AMC’s hit series, showcasing six concept posters designed for the series’ seventh season.

Other than the show’s iconic season one poster, the show’s seventh season poster is particularly memorable and worth revisiting for, at least, two reasons.

It was the first time Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wasn’t featured on the show’s key art. Instead, the series’ new antagonist, Negan, took center stage, an ominous hint at a very different season to come. The season seven premiere also left many fans upset and departing the series for good, citing its brutality.

The following concept art is a sample of more than 40 designs for season seven artwork featured in “The Art of AMC’s The Walking Dead Universe” by Matthew K. Manning, out now. Most of the alternate versions utilized some of Negan’s alternate catch phrases or dialogue in his lengthy season six finale speech paired with images of him and his barb-wired baseball bat. Others showcased ominous imagery of Rick, Michonne, and the rest of the survivors. 

Not seen here, some of our favorites included individual Polaroids of Rick’s group attached to Negan’s bat and a roulette wheel which showcased the faces in Negan’s lineup.

 

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