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The latest stills released for Season 7B of were revealed a little over a week ago and have now gone deep under the microscope of many fans. Most of the content has been gone over and few spoilerish images can be seen in the stills but a few stills from the gallery of images released are much more intriguing than the others.

New Images From Season 7B Of The Walking Dead

Within a few of the following images, you can clearly see both Rick and Simon driving on the same highway. Their destination is unknown but seeing as how they're going in the same direction, they likely have a similar destination. Although, could these images of Simon and Rick on the same highway be of Simon rolling up on Rick as Rick does some recon on Negan's Sanctuary?

'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]
'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]

If you don't remember, Simon is Negan's right hand man and played by actor, Steven Ogg. Ogg is most well known for his likeness being used in one of the characters on the popular, Grand Theft Auto V videogame but he's definitely getting an opportunity for some television spotlight on The Walking Dead, though we can't say for how much longer.

Presumably speaking, Daryl and Jesus informed Rick of the location of Negan's compound and the first step they'll likely take is doing recon of the compound, planning everything out before making any attempt to eliminate Negan and his main horde of Saviors.

'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]
'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]

Are Rick And Simon On Their Way To A Confrontation?

Knowing Rick, he'll be the one to conduct the recon and it wouldn't be an episode of The Walking Dead if Rick didn't run into someone unexpectedly on the way which is where Simon comes in.

The stills of Simon and Rick staring each other down as they drive on the same highway are very telling images. Considering the look Rick is giving Simon, he appears very pensive while filled with intent. It may just be a vague expression used for the unexpected run-in or Rick could have something else in mind.

'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]
'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]

For a moment, take account of the situation to be able to visualize what's going to happen next.

In the scenario of Rick doing recon on Negan's compound, followed by unexpectedly running into Simon on the way there, Simon will be inclined to tell Negan that Rick's group knows where they are held up. If Simon is allowed to tell Negan of what he learned, then Negan will probably move to another undisclosed location, placing himself out of harm's way. Keeping that in mind, Rick will probably come to this conclusion quite fast, acting quickly to ensure Simon doesn't give Negan any hint of Rick's play to take him down.

'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]
'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC Studios]

There's also the matter of Rick's new motivation for taking Negan down which makes him dangerous again. Rick took on a cowardly stance when Negan asserted his dominance over Alexandria but Rick's newfound courage is going to change how Rick proceeds from this point on. With that in mind, Rick might find Simon's presence on the highway as a threat to his on-going plans which would likely be followed up by Rick pulling a gun on Simon or running him off the road; either scenario is possible.

It'll be up to Rick's discretion in regards to what he'll do if he happens to encounter Simon on his way to Negan's compound, the Sanctuary. Though, the likeliest set of events will see Rick running Simon off the road, followed by Rick getting out of his car to make sure Simon is dead - eliminating any possibility of Negan learning Rick's plan to bring him down.

Do you think Simon and Rick are on their way to a final confrontation? And could the images of Rick and Simon be foreshadowing this confrontation? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Here's the synopsis for Season 7B of The Walking Dead

Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose - to defeat Negan - it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.

We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We'll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.

The Walking Dead returns February 12, 2017.

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