The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere put viewers' emotions in a blender and hit the "max speed" button, so you can only imagine how intense it was to shoot the blood-splattered episode. To give you glimpses into what it was like on set during those fateful days of shooting, we have behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the season 7 premiere episode.

The Walking Dead Episode 701 – "The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be": "Last season ended with Rick and our group kneeling helplessly before Negan and his group. What Negan does will haunt those who survive forever."

"Up until this point, the survivors have lived through conflicts... Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they've become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.

To start Season 7, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.

The first half of Season 7 sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.

Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice -- they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.

The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous."

Keep an eye out for multiple interviews with the cast and creators of The Walking Dead to discuss the season 7 premiere, and in case you missed it, check out a clip and photo from the next episode, as well as behind-the-scenes videos from the season 7 premiere episode, which is now available to watch online for free in the US.

Photos courtesy of Gene Page / AMC:

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