Fashion faux pas! Ever since the credits rolled on The Walking Dead's season 6 finale in April, fans have been yearning for a glimpse of one familiar sight when the show returns to AMC on October 23: a man astride a motorcycle, wearing his signature angel-wing biker vest, cutting a swath of pure bad-ass-itude through a pack of zombies.
The good news is, the show's new season 7 promo has all the right stuff. The bad news is, it's on the wrong biker.
In a clip that aired on the network Sunday, August 14, it's not Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) but the evil, awful, traitorous Dwight (Austin Amelio) riding a motorcycle along a zombie-strewn highway — and wearing Daryl's unmistakeable, signature vest with the wings on the back.
Needless to say, it looks terrible on him, and he should take it off right this minute. But more importantly, this brief clip raises a terrifying question: Under what circumstances would Daryl allow the scarred-up scumbag from the Saviors crew to wear his most precious item of post–zombie-apocalypse couture?
The obvious answer is, "over his dead body," and in combination with the huge cliffhanger that ended season six, fans are understandably worried that something awful must have happened to the Grimes gang's most beloved greaseball. We already know that someone is going to be beaten to a bloody pulp by the end of the premiere, and Daryl was a prominent candidate to end up on the wrong side of the gruesome "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" game that Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) began.
On the other hand, with the series' producers having promised total shock and devastation across the board when the big death is revealed, it would be a little bit weird for them to just give it away like this.
The most likely scenario: This is simply the marketing department's way of reminding us that Negan's victim could be anyone. In the meantime, it's distressing enough to think that poor Daryl is naked somewhere while Dwight gallivants around wearing his clothes.
Watch the troubling clip in the video above. And click here for 10 secrets that the cast and producers recently revealed about the upcoming season.
The Walking Dead season 7 debuts on AMC Sunday, October 23, at 9 p.m. ET.