The Walking Dead hasn't been the most joyous television series during the start of its seventh season, with the introduction of villainous Saviors leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) providing some brutal scenes.

Credit: AMC

Credit: AMC

Chatting about the second half of this season, executive producer Scott M. Gimple has promised that the tone of the show will be shifting when it debuts in February, 2017.

Speaking to Comic Book, he explained: "I will say 7B's vibe is very different from 7A's vibe. The ending of 7B is very different than the beginning of 7A.

"Just the vibe in 7B, I was just talking about it with Andy [Lincoln] last night. It's just a very, very different half season than the half season that preceded it. Even with structure, what we're doing right now with the episodes and seeing where everyone is at, the structure is very, very different than the back half. There's a lot more variety to the structure. It's just a very, very different situation, but 6, 7, 8… Wow, we're really close, aren't we? I would say the end of 7A is very different than the beginning of 7A. That's the thing that kind of launches that different tone of 7B."

The Walking Dead continues Sundays in the US on AMC and Mondays in the UK on FOX.

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