The Walking Dead

is returning on Monday after months of speculation over its cliffhanger finale - but it's got a lot of work to do to win fans back.

At the end of the last season, our heroes were captured by the new resident bad guy Negan and one of them was killed at the end of the episode.

The shot cut to black before we had a chance to see who it was, leaving fans to wonder which of their favourite characters had kicked the bucket.

Safe to say, said fans weren't pleased. Many took to social media to share their annoyance and some renounced the show altogether, forcing producers to defend the decision.

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That said, viewers will no doubt be back to see who got the chop.

Fan theories have been flying thick and fast around the internet with many narrowing the list of potential dead down to two characters - one of which was the one who died in the comic books the series is based on.

However, the series has gone off book many times in the past so there's no knowing until it hits screens on Monday.

All that is certain is that the entire show is about to change. From the off, our heroes will be dealing with a loss, and they also become a part of Negan's world where they soon learn that "the world isn't what they thought it was - it's bigger and it's even more dangerous".

The Low Down:
What: The Walking Dead, Season 7
When: 9.30pm, Monday, October 24
Where: TVNZ