By Jay Hunter – After The Walking Dead season 7 trailer blew the doors right off San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest thing on everyones mind was “that’s a f*cking tiger!”.

Walking Dead readers will of course know that, that tiger belongs to fan favourite Ezekiel. A leader of a community called The Kingdom. It was just a matter of time until we saw him on our screens and the season 7 trailer confirmed that it will be this coming Autumn.

Ezekiel will be played by Khary Payton, speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the challenging role, Payton had this to say;

“I looked at the comics, but more to just kind of get a feel for the world and everything, I don’t feel like I need follow it exactly. I don’t worry about being affected by it too much. I feel like I live in the moment enough that a little bit of information here or there isn’t going to kill me if they totally go off the rails and Ezekiel becomes a very different version than he is in the comic books. It’s just another reason why I love to do this job, man. It’s awesome.”

It seems that fans can expect a different Ezekiel than the one they’re accustomed to in the comics. He went on to say;

“I love even his relationship with the zombies themselves. He’s a guy who doesn’t think of them as having a physical disease. It’s more that their joy was robbed from them, and that he’s one of the few people left on earth whose joy hasn’t been robbed, and to him, that’s the difference between the living and the dead.”

“If you’re still human, but you’re letting your joy be taken away from you, you might as well be one of those mindless creatures walking all over. So to him, it’s kind of a weird philosophy of life that he’s developed living in this apocalypse that you don’t let this world turn you into something that you’re not.”

Entertainment Weekly also released some new images for the upcoming series, which you can check out below

The Walking Dead season 7 will premiere on AMC on October 23, 2016

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