According to comics creator Robert Kirkman, when The Walking Dead returns for its mid-season premiere on Valentine's Day, it will begin exactly where it left off. “We pick up right in that moment. Alexandria is overrun. Rick and the kids are all covered in guts trying to get through the crowd. Everyone is where we last saw them, and things get worse from there," Kirkman told EW. As you remember, we last left Rick Grimes and Carl trying to get Jessie and her good-for-nothing sons out of a house overrun by walkers with a classic season-one trick: dressing up like a zombie!
Even though the place is overrun, they're going to be fixated on rebuilding Alexandria. Kirkman said:
It comes back to those plans of rebuilding Alexandria. Assuming some people survive, and it’s a good bet that some do because they’ve already talked in the midseason finale that they’re not planning on leaving Alexandria. It’s a bump in the road, but there’s something special there, and they can turn this into an anchor that they can build upon. They actually have a chance at surviving long term and building a safe place, not going from safety to safety to safety the way they have for the life of the show. This isn’t the prison, and ‘Oh, we gotta move on from here and find another place.’ This is something different. And from there, there will be other things that expand their world in new and terrifying ways.
Just your weekly reminder that Negan is coming.