‘The Walking Dead’: first season 7 photo revealed

Producers promise to reveal Negan's first victim in premiere episode

The first season 7 photo of The Walking Dead has been revealed – and it looks a lot like the end of season 6.

Whilst details of the season 7 storyline are being kept firmly under wraps, producers have promised to reveal Negan’s first victim in the season premiere.

The photo – revealed by Entertainment Weekly – shows Negan holding his iconic weapon, the barb-wired baseball bat Lucille. Speaking to EW, producer Greg Nicotero said: “Yes, who was at the receiving end of Negan’s bat will be revealed in the first episode.”

Nicotero further commented that Negan is “the kind of guy who imagines himself on stage at a high school production and he loves every second of it.”

Continuing, he said: “So, I don’t really see a lot of quiet contemplative moments with Negan. I feel like with Negan it’s really going to be about him gesticulating and him sort of relishing in the sound of his own voice while he commands the stage in front of whoever’s alive.”

As well as Negan, a further three characters from have been confirmed as regulars in Season Seven.

Tom Payne, who played Jesus and was a new ally to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in the last series; Xander Berkeley, leader of the Hilltop Colony and Austin Amelio, who portrays Dwight, a member of Negan’s Savior group who had a number of run-ins with Daryl (Norman Reedus) in the last series have all been confirmed.

The sixth season of the US show ended in April, with its seventh season expected to follow in October. The trailer for season seven is set to air on July 22.