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'The Walking Dead' EP Says Season 7 Comic-Con Trailer Is Like A 'Star Wars' Preview Clip

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Khary Payton as Ezekiel
(Photo : Gene Page/AMC) "The Walking Dead" executive producer Greg Nicotero explained why the season 7 Comic-Con trailer is like a "Star Wars" movie preview clip.

"The Walking Dead" season 7 trailer, which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last week, is pretty much like a "Star Wars" trailer -- at least according to executive producer Greg Nicotero.

"It's a promise of new worlds," Nicotero said of the preview clip in a recent interview with Yahoo TV. "Every time you watch any of those cool 'Star Wars' trailers, you really don't get much of a sense of what the movie's about ...  it's [just] a promise of new creatures, new characters, and new worlds. [And] we went into this trailer for season 7 with exactly that intent."

"That's all we wanted to do," continued Nicotero, who also serves as director and special effects makeup artist on the hit AMC series. "We wanted the promise of new worlds, so you see a little bit of The Sanctuary, you see a little bit of The Kingdom, you see a little bit of The Hilltop, you see a little bit of Alexandria. You start getting a sense of these different worlds."

"I directed the episode where The Kingdom is introduced, and it was a blast," he shared. "I was excited. I loved the idea that it was like shooting a pilot. I got to introduce a whole new series of characters and play with Shiva and Khary Payton, who plays Ezekiel."

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While the world of "The Walking Dead" is expanding, it's no longer the world where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his gang almost always end up finding their way.

"It's a reset on 'The Walking Dead' world," series newcomer Jeffrey Dean Morgan said of season 7 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "It's f--king Negan's world now."

"What you're going to see in the first half of this season is Negan wreaking havoc," the "Good Wife" alum said. "And some of your characters that you've grown to love are not going to be on the show anymore, and it's going to end badly for them."

"It's going to be a whole new beginning for 'The Walking Dead,'" he reiterated. "Really, we've taken the show and just flipped it upside down. It's a different show now. It's going to have a different feeling. You're going to see your favorite characters in a position that they've never been in before, which is super vulnerable and victimized."

"The Walking Dead" season 7 will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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