‘The Walking Dead’ has delivered some pretty crazy cliffhangers over the course of five and a half seasons. One of the craziest ones in recent history had to be what happened to Glenn Rhee after Nicholas committed suicide, but the sixth season didn’t stop there with the shocking moments. Even right to the very end of the mid-season finale, there were crazy twists and turns being thrown at us before the series took a break for the holiday season. But now that we’re less than a month away from the return of the popular AMC zombie drama, we’r hearing a little more about where the show will pick up.

While speaking to Entertainment Weekly recently, series creator Robert Kirkman offered a little preview of what viewers are coming back to on February 14th. Though he had his fun at first, Kirkman did shared that Alexandria still isn’t exactly in the best shape thanks to a zombie invasion, which is exactly where we left it:

“Yeah, we actually don’t get back to that for seven episodes or so. It’s going to be quite a cliffhanger. Nah, I’m joking. We pick up right in that moment. Alexandria is overrun. Rick and the kids are all covered in guts trying to get through the crowd. Everyone is where we last saw them, and things get worse from there.”

However, despite things getting worse, Rick and the other survivors will do what they do best: survive. Details about how this happens exactly are slim, but it sounds like the group will be staying right where they are.

“It comes back to those plans of rebuilding Alexandria. Assuming some people survive, and it’s a good bet that some do because they’ve already talked in the mid-season finale that they’re not planning on leaving Alexandria. It’s a bump in the road, but there’s something special there, and they can turn this into an anchor that they can build upon. They actually have a chance at surviving long term and building a safe place, not going from safety to safety to safety the way they have for the life of the show. This isn’t the prison, and ‘Oh, we gotta move on from here and find another place.’ This is something different. And from there, there will be other things that expand their world in new and terrifying ways.”

If you’re wondering how the world will be expanded, we got a small glimpse of it with the Wolves during the first half of the season. We also saw Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl run into the Saviors in the post-credits scene of the mid-season finale and heard the name Negan for the first time. Fans who have read the comics know how big that is, but everyone else will learn soon enough. Plus, thanks to the casting news of Tom Payne as Jesus and Xander Berkeley as Gregory, we know that another settlement known as Hilltop will come into play soon as well. Putting Negan aside for a minute, Alexandria and it’s citizens aren’t used to dealing with this many threats or other groups at the same time. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how all of our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors handle all of this next month.

Are you excited about the return of ‘The Walking Dead’ on Valentine’s Day? Will you be cuddling up with that special someone that night to watch some intense zombie action on AMC? And what do you think about this world expanding in “new and terrifying ways”? Let us know in the comments below.