Unlike the first episode of The Walking Dead season 7, this latest installment - a feature-length outing titled 'Service' - places the focus back on Rick Grimes and the remaining survivors of Negan's deadly line up for the first time since that traumatic opener (we're hoping you've recovered by now but if not, we're here for you).
In series time, less than a week has passed since the deaths of Glenn and Abraham - and now Negan has come a-knocking in an episode which sees The Saviours make their mark on the residents of the once-safe zone that was Alexandria.
It's no surprise that this episode is Negan-heavy considering Jeffrey Dean Morgan is now credited as one of the main cast members; clearly relishing every second, here are the most memorable lines spoken by the AMC drama's most fearsome antagonist yet.
Warning: the below contains swearing.
1. As he knocks on the gates of Alexandria
"Little pig, little pig - let me in."
2. To Rick about Daryl
"You don't look at him, you don't talk to him and I don't make you chop anything off of him."
3. After being handed Rick's videocamera
"Well well well, wht do we have here? I've got my fingers crossed for a little freaky deaky."
4. Upon seeing a bearded Rick on the camera
"Is that you, Rick? Underneath all that man bush? Shit, I would not have messed with that guy."
5. To Father Gabriel
"Holy crap, you are creepy as shit sneaking up on me wearing that collar with that freaky ass smile."
The most shocking Walking Dead moments
The most shocking Walking Dead moments
1/10 Sophie's a walker (season 2, episode 7)
Much of season two's opening half is spent looking for Sophia, the missing daughter of Carol (Melissa McBride). Turns out she was locked up in Hershel's barn as a zombie all along.
2/10 Shane reanimates without being bitten (season 2, episode 12)
When Carl (Chandler Riggs) guns down a deranged Shane (Jon Bernthal) to protect his father, the shock arrives when he manifests into a walker despite not being bitten; turns out everyone's infected with the virus and will turn whichever way they die.
3/10 Axel's bullet to the eye (season 3, episode 10)
A character introduced in the show's prison arc, Axel is a reformed prisoner who strikes up a friendship with Carol - until he's gunned down mid-sentence.
4/10 Carl kills Lori after she gives birth (season 3, episode 4)
Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) goes into labour at the very moment a zombie siege breaks out at the prison. Unfortunately, she doesn't make it through the procedure with her son Carl being the one to put a bullet to her head.
5/10 The Governor slays Hershel (season 4, episode 8)
The Governor makes his dramatic return for a showdown at the prison after he captures Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Hershel (Scott Wilson). Rick reaches out, attempting to reason with him - but The Governor starts a war when he proceeds to decapitate poor old Hershel instead.
6/10 "Look at the flowers" (season 4, episode 14)
In a standout episode from the show's fourth season, Carol is forced to take drastic measures when young teenager Lizzie murders her sister Mika in the belief that she'll live on as a zombie. Realising Lizzie's depraved mind would endanger those around her, Carol puts a gun to the young girl's head and, telling her to "look at the flowers," pulls the trigger, fighting back the tears.
7/10 Carl's bullet to the eye (season 6, episode 9)
Season six returned from its mid-season break in typically dramatic fashion when an iconic moment from the graphic novels came to life: Carl takes a bullet to the eye.
8/10 Beth is killed (season 5, episode 8)
Upon being kidnapped, Beth (Emily Kinney) is taken to Grady Memorial Hospital managed by Atlanta Law Enforcement. Forced to reside there against her will, the group - including Rick and Daryl (Norman Reedus) - eventually find her - only for her to be accidentally shot in the head by her captor. The worst thing? Her sister Maggie (Lauren Cohan) had just arrived outside.
9/10 Negan kills Abraham
Season seven opened in brutal form as we discovered it was Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) at the opposite end of Negan's baseball bat. "Suck my nuts," the soldier growls as the Saviours' leader brings Lucille raining down on his head until nothing remains but a pulpy mess.
10/10 Negan kills Glenn
Negan decides to punish the group once more after getting clocked round the face by Daryl. Without expectation, he thwacks Lucille round the head of poor Glenn. With his eyeball popping out of his head, he manages: "I'll find you, Maggie before Negan proceeds to finish the job ending the former pizza delivery boy's life.
6. About Maggie (believing her to be dead)
"I was gonna ask her to come back with me. Oh, I know what you're thinking: "How could I ever shop a guy who just bashed her husband's head in." You'd be surprised."
7. To Carl after he holds two Saviours at gunpoint
"Well, pardon me young man, excuse the shit out of my goddamn Fench but did you just threaten me?"
8. About Olivia after realising two guns went missing on her watch
"I don't enjoy killing women. Men? I can waste them all the livelong."
9. After firing one of the missing guns
"Feels good! Sounds good! I do believe Lucille's getting a little jealous."
10. After Rick thanks him as he leaves Alexandria with most of their belongings
"In case you haven't caught on, I just slipped my dick down your throat and you thanked me for it."
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