The Walking Dead‘s cast and producers took to the Hall H stage at Comic-Con International today, to answer fan questions and tease the next season of the hit AMC show. Executive producer Robert Kirkman refused, of course, to answer the big question: Who did Negan kill in the Season 6 finale? He opened the panel by joking with moderator Chris Hardwick that fans “will love who got killed.”

Hardwick told fans that the Season 7 premiere will hit AMC on Oct. 23. As in previous seasons, AMC confirmed that the show’s seventh season of 16 episodes will air in two parts — the final eight air when the show returns from a midseason hiatus in February 2017.

Greg Nicotero, who directed the season premiere, told fans, “It affected me in a way I didn’t expect. Rick was reduced to no control.”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan, took the stage by walking behind the rest of the seated cast while wielding Lucille, his barbed-wire baseball bat.

Kirkman introduced a trailer revealing The Kingdom, a group from the comics which features fan-favorite character King Ezekiel and a pet tiger.

Executive Producer Gale Ann Hurd teased an expanding Walking Dead universe telling fans, "We’re going to find more people we haven’t met living in the apocalypse. We’re meeting both friend and foe."

Fans were also promised that they can expect updates on what's going on with characters outside the main conflict like Morgan, Carol, Tara and Heath.

Hardwick also announced two The Walking Dead special programming events which he'll be hosting. A The Walking Dead Season 7 Preview Special, which will give fans an early look at what to expect in the upcoming season, including exclusive interviews with the cast and executive producers and behind-the-scenes moments, premieres Sunday, Aug. 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. A two-hour The Walking Dead recap special, a retrospective on the series’ acclaimed six seasons, premieres Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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