On October 23, AMC’s The Walking Dead will return for its seventh season and finally reveal which one of our heroes Negan killed.
When the show’s season six finale aired in April, the Washington Post called the cliffhanger a "cheap cop-out," and here at Vox, my colleague Todd VanDerWerff declared the episode "the worst the show has ever done." The reasoning is simple: The Walking Dead delayed an extremely powerful moment — one with the power to stand by itself — for months and months, opting instead to stall with an empty twist rather than rely on the power of its characters and storytelling.
As a result, it’s been fascinating to watch the show try to tease its seventh season in spite of the cliffhanger. The move has effectively handcuffed its promotional efforts, because any trailer featuring upcoming footage of the main characters could assist fans in guessing who lives and who dies.
This all came to a boil at New York Comic Con in early October. For the past few years, The Walking Dead has traditionally shown fans a trailer for the next season, as part of its Comic Con panel. It didn’t do so this year.
Instead, The Walking Dead screened a few minutes of the season seven premiere.
It shows Rick (who predictably appears to have been spared) talking to Negan and vowing to kill him. We don’t see who from Rick’s group was killed. We don’t see anyone else but Rick. But we do see a giant bed of blood-soaked gravel.
Will it be enough to keep fans interested once they find out who dies?
That said, The Walking Dead wasn’t the only big "trailer" that came out this week. Here are some other new cinematic and television trailers.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)
It's like the Star Wars creative team knew we didn't like either of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies that much and decided to give us both a Hunger Games remake and a Star Wars film in one. We pretty much know how all of this will go down, but this trailer makes me want to know how Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her crew manage to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Power Rangers (March 24)
It seems like the way to make the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers seem cool is to make the saga more like Chronicle — outcast kids happen upon some alien crash site and get superpowers (and abs apparently). It looks darker and grungier than the Power Rangers we grew up with. And dare I say I think the trailer worked?
The Great Wall (February 17)
Matt Damon stars in this controversial historical fantasy film about China’s Great Wall and the gigantic monster (that is not Damon) that threatens the country. Damon’s the protagonist, which has drawn criticism from people who believe it’s yet another story about a white savior. Damon swears it isn’t.
I suppose if there were a time to release a movie about a country erecting a gigantic wall in order to keep out some unknown evil, it’s now or never, right?
Red Oaks season two (November 11)
With so much to stream, it’s inevitable that some shows slip through the cracks. For me, Amazon’s Red Oaks — a story about the summer of 1985 (the second season is about 1986), a college student and part-time tennis pro, and finding one’s self — is one of those shows. I haven’t watched season one, but now that I’ve seen this season two trailer and enjoyed its use of Tears for Fears, I’m slightly more intrigued and inclined to check out at least one episode.
Trollhunters (December 26)
Despite its title, Trollhunters is not about finding the people who spend their lives in online comments sections. Nope! It’s from the mind of Guillermo del Toro and is about friends who find a hidden world full of strange beings (take a guess what kind of beings they are) and have to protect both their newfound world and the one they live in.
You shouldn’t let my jaded view of the internet scare you off — this movie actually looks pretty fun!