The biggest question facing fans of The Walking Dead isn't who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will kill next, or whether Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) will lose a hand. It's this: where the heck is everything, in relation to everything else?
For more than six seasons, Grimes and company have been wandering through the zombie apocalypse using a distinct lack of visual markers, and nary a red dotted line map a la Indiana Jones to help figure out where Terminus is in relation to the Prison, or whether Woodbury is walking distance from the CDC (it's not).
In Season 7, the map is more crucial than ever: we've been situated in the pleasant neighborhood of the Alexandria Safe-Zone for a while now; but as of the second half of Season 6, the Grimes Gang has entered a much larger world... and it's only getting bigger with every episode.
With that in mind, here's your official/unofficial guide to where the major locations are in the zombie apocalypse this season. And as a caveat, this is based on information scraped together from the show and the comics, as no official map has ever been released.
The Alexandria Safe-Zone
This is a pretty easy one, since the former home of Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) and current home base of the Grimes Gang is... In Alexandria, Virginia. The actual, real-life city is about 7 miles away from Washington, D.C. and as of 2015 had a population of 153,511. [Side note: though there's no specific real-world timeline for The Walking Dead, the whole thing definitely started before 2015.] The Safe-Zone is one walled-off neighborhood inside Alexandria, though it's not totally clear which part of the town it actually is encompassing. In reality, Alexandria is filmed on the historic Gin Property in Senoia, GA.
The Hilltop Colony
Unlike Alexandria, there's no clear location for the community run by Gregory (Xander Berkeley) and company. However, in the comics Jesus (Tom Payne on the show) tells Rick's group that Hilltop is about 20 miles from Alexandria. It's definitely in Virginia, as FEMA used the Barrington House (the big, historic building at the center of the Hilltop that Gregory lives in) as a safe area after the outbreak. It's also, you know, on a hilltop. One fan made map (incorrectly) places it in Maryland, near the intersection of Powder Mill Rd. and the awesomely named Bio Control Rd. Another (again, incorrectly), places it near Knoxville, in Maryland. Suffice to say, it's in a 20-mile radius of Alexandria. In Virginia. On a hill.
The way King Ezekiel's (Khary Payton) realm appeared on screen differs quite a bit from how it showed up in the comics; but we do know that The Kingdom is most likely situated in Washington D.C. The book's Kingdom is reportedly modeled on Eastern High School, in the Lincoln Park area of the District. If that is accurate, it's about 12 miles away from Alexandria, or a 23-minute drive in traffic... not that there's any traffic, what with all the zombies.
This is Negan's home, which will be introduced on this week's (November 6) episode. The factory stronghold is located... somewhere. Negan, being the savvy leader he is, hasn't blabbed about The Sanctuary's location the same way Gregory and Ezekiel have. It's definitely in the Washington Metropolitan Area (so somewhere in D.C./Virginia/Maryland). Suffice to say that all four of these places are about within a 20-mile radius of each other; meaning they're easily accessible, versus the long trek to Terminus in Season 4. That's also important, because sooner or later, they're all going to come crashing together.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.