AMC ran a new ad for the mid-season premiere of "The Walking Dead" and it foreshadows a big event from the comics.

The 29-second ad is filled with a lot of the same scenes from the prologue to the next episode, featuring Daryl (Norman Reedus), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz).

The parts fans should pay attention to are at the beginning and the end involving Rick (Andrew Lincoln). Comic fans will know where this is heading.

First, check out the trailer and then we'll take a deeper dive.


From here on, there are spoilers from the comics and potential spoilers from the next eight episodes of "The Walking Dead."

A new line from Rick in the opening of the commercial says "I thought, living behind these walls was possible. I was wrong." Remember, the last time we saw him, Rick was leading a group (Michonne, his son Carl, Gabriel, Jessie and her kids) out of Alexandria, which had just been overrun by zombies.

the walking dead rick carl season 6Gene Page/AMCRick and Carl prep to head out into the sea of zombies. Note the hatchet in Rick's hand. That's important.

the walking dead season 6 episode 8Gene Page/AMCFather Gabriel looks a bit concerned about this plan.

He's using a tactic which worked for him and Glenn back in season one — walking straight through the horde by mucking themselves up with zombie guts to blend in.

the walking dead rick glennAMCRemember when Rick and Glenn waded through the streets of Atlanta covered in zombie gore?

It went pretty smoothly back then with two people, but don't count on it being as easy this time around.

In the comics, Jessie has one son, Ron, who winds up creating a commotion and drawing the attention of the walkers. He wets his pants and wants to return back to the house. As one could imagine, talking when you're in a throng of zombies is never a good idea, and things don't turn out so well for Ron, who in the show is called Sam.

the walking dead issue 83Skybound/ImageRon gets overtaken by zombies in the comics.

From where we left off in November, it looks like Jessie's son Sam was about to cause a similar outcry. From here, everything goes downhill in the comics. Jessie naturally freaks out and refuses to leave her son. 

There's just one problem.

She's holding onto Carl's hand in the comic and is dragging him back toward the zombie chaos. She refuses to let go of Carl and Rick is faced with quite the dilemma. That's when he decides to use his hatchet to cut off Jessie's hand. 

Judging by the teaser, it looks like we may see some of this play out. 

The beginning of the ad focuses in on Carl taking Jessie's hand.

rick jessie hand walking deadAMC

We saw this in the final moments of the mid-season finale. We know the order of the line is Rick, Carl, and Jessie, followed by her sons Sam and Ron.

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jessie sam carl season 6 walking deadAMCSam is getting ready to call out to his mom, as he does in the mid-season finale.

Throughout the teaser we see Rick hacking away with his hatchet. 

rick hatchetAMCRick's going to town with that hatchet.

At the 23 second mark, we see him come swinging down hard. Is that Rick freeing Carl of Jessie's hold?

We'll find out more when "The Walking Dead" returns on Valentine's Day, February 14.