‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 has certainly brought with it a lot of darkness, especially in how it started with the death of Abraham and Glenn, and the broken spirits of the rest of the main characters. Combine that with the episode structure where the main cast has been split up and episodes have only focused on a handful of characters who have been separated by Negan and the Saviors, and things seem very bleak indeed for the characters. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel beyond just the character reunion that was seen in the mid-season finale.
According to a recent Q&A on AMC’s website with executive producer Tom Luse:
“This is the Rebel Alliance fighting back against The Empire. We all want that coming together of all these great characters, for them to see each other and realize that they as a group are strong because of the love and respect they show to each other. They know what that means and that gives them strength as well.”
It seems that the back half of Season 7 will feature Rick and his allies finally standing up to Negan and his cronies, in a rebellion that they hope will be reminiscent of the Rebel Alliance versus the Empire in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, clearly with Negan standing in for the Emperor, and with Rick standing in for Luke Skywalker. The metaphors do not end there, as Cinemablend points out, you could say that Negan’s compound is like the Death Star, with Rick’s group desperately looking for a weakness, and his deformed henchmen Dwight is definitely the Darth Vader of the story, as he is Negan’s lieutenant who still seems to have some scraps of his former morality in him, and might be utilized by Rick’s group to help take out Negan.
What do you think, does the thought of Rick’s group rebelling ‘Star Wars’ style give you a new hope (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) for the rest of Season 7? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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