For a show that has always been appointment television for me, Season seven of The Walking Dead has been a hard show to watch. It’s not even about the suffering that Rick and the survivors are going through, it’s just the vibe of the show. Even at their darkest moments, previous seasons had a sense of danger and excitement to them. Now, that has turned to some sort of morbid anticipation who who will die next, and if they’ll really die or we’ll be teased for several episodes. It’s really no wonder that the show has been losing viewership this season. I’ve even started to question whether I’ll be there to watch the new episodes each Sunday or if I’ll just wait till summer and catch them on demand, if I remember.

Today, AMC has released the synopsis for the second half of the season, and they want us all to know that the time for laying down is over and now it’s time for Rick and his gang to kick some ass. They also released this synopsis with an image of an empty grave. So… I guess they are just going to keep pushing with their death teases.

The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.

Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.

We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.