It may feel like centuries since the season 6 finale of AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead." Relax, everyone. It's only been five months. But five months too long for fans since the show ended in a major cliff-hanger in April. Who got to meet Negan's barbed-wired baseball bat? Fans have been speculating about which character got hammered by Lucille. Show producers have worked hard to keep the character a surprise. Fans have been trying to figure out which character it was by process of elimination. Audiences will have to wait and see if their educated guesses are correct on Sunday when the show returns for Season 7. But here's what we do know about the upcoming season

Season 7 of 'The Walking Dead' will be broken up into two half-seasons

Fans will be treated to two half-seasons with eight episodes a piece.

A total of 16 episodes will continue to tell the story of Rick Grimes and the gang as they fight their way through a zombie-stricken world. The season 7 premiere titled," The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be," is 66 minutes. The episode was written by Scott Gimple.

The season 7 premiere will reveal who got up close and personal with Lucille

Audiences were left horrified with a bloody ending to season 6 of "The Walking Dead." The scene showed the point-of-view of Negan's undisclosed victim getting owned by his bat Lucille. In an interview with Variety, the show's executive producer, Greg Nicotero, says the season premiere is a tear jerker," I would probably say that people will be sad, I recommend watching the episode with lots of Kleenex, and there will be a lot of questions and a lot of whys and “What’s going to happen next?” and “How could you?” but that’s attributed to us spending seven years creating characters that people care about."

Nicotero also directed the episode. 

Two characters safe from Negan's bat

Veteran characters Carol and Morgan were not one of the speculated victim's of Lucille...for now.

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The pair were headed off to an adventure of their own at the end of season 6. "The Walking Dead" returns to the small screen Sunday Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.