There's little over a week left until The Walking Dead returns to the small screen for its seventh season, which means more little titbits about the show are being revealed.

Credit: AMC

Credit: AMC

Actor Andrew Lincoln - who plays Rick Grimes in the series - is the latest to talk about what viewers can expect when it makes its return.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he explained: "We are opening up in a way that we've not done before. And it truly is very brave, and is something that I looked forward to in the book. I've always thought this is really when it started to get really interesting. Because it's like, how are these different communities reinventing themselves? And what kind of society have they built? It's really, really cool. It feels deeper. It's darker."

Despite all of the chaos we know is coming up, Lincoln did explain that there will be some lighter moments ahead.

He said: "This is a very, very dark season but it's always darkest before the dawn. Hang in there, guys, because it's alive. It feels like there's a great shape at the moment that [showrunner Scott M. Gimple] is crossing for the show and it's very, very exciting. It began a few years ago and it's turned into much more expansive, courageous, and more adventurous storytelling, both time-wise and location-wise."

Lincoln added: "What you will see is a much bigger universe, an expansion. This world is about to get a lot bigger. That's what's about to happen in season 7. Obviously, the fallout from the death is going to make different alignments between the people that survive the death and any other communities."

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 23 on AMC in the US, and Monday, October 24 on FOX in the UK.

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