While The Walking Dead has never exactly been known as a lighthearted show — nor should it be, considering the apocalyptic subject matter — the first half of season 7 was arguably the most dour and despair-filled block of episodes to date. Things of course began with Negan’s brutal kills of Glenn and Abraham, with several more Alexandrians losing their lives by the end of the midseason finale. The core group was also constantly divided, both geographically and morally, with Rick initially believing it possible to live under Negan’s rule, and others — such as Maggie and Michonne — vehemently disagreeing.

Thankfully, things have begun to look up for Rick’s group during the second half of  season 7, with many tearful reunions occurring, caches of food and weapons being found. Meanwhile, the combined might of the Hilltop, the junkyard’s Scavengers, and Ezekiel’s Kingdom onto Team Rick seem basically inevitable at this point. While season 7.5 hasn’t suddenly been sunshine and roses, many fans have expressed appreciation for the fact that the heroes are starting to get some wins for a change, small or not.

Unfortunately, Spoiler TV has just revealed the synopses for the final three episodes of The Walking Dead season 7, and they don’t point to an easy road out from under Negan’s thumb. Of course, neither Rick or his compatriots expected anything less than a fight for their very lives, as despots like Negan don’t give up control unless they have absolutely no other options left. Check out the synopses below:

Episode 7.14 – The Other Side
The Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.

Episode 7.15 – Something They Need
A group of Alexandrians embarks on a journey; one member of the group must make a heartbreaking decision.

Episode 7.16 – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
The stakes continue to grow higher as paths cross; the group enacts an intricate plan.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Walking Dead Season 7 Walking Dead Season 7 Final Episode Synopses Tease Heartbreaking Decisions

Further supporting the hypothesis that things will get worse for Alexandria’s residents before they get better are comments showrunner Scott Gimple made to TV Line concerning season 7’s finale:

“[Season 6’s finale] was the noose tightening and things getting darker and darker. This season’s finale has darkness and light, real horrific moments, betrayal, and real moments of beauty, redemption, love and friendship. It’s sort of the panoply of human and Walking Dead experience. There are losses. As the stakes get higher and higher… things start to get more intense and heartbreaking, and yet everyone has to sort of band together and keep going.”

There’s that word again, heartbreaking. The losses of Glenn and Abraham could certainly be described using that word, so one wonders if another beloved character will soon meet their demise in spectacularly violent fashion. If there’s one thing The Walking Dead has long-since established, it’s that no one is ever truly safe.

Next: Walking Dead Producer Promises ‘Very Different’ Season 7 Finale

The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with ‘Bury Me Here’ @9pm on AMC.

Sources: Spoiler TV, TV Line

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