Obviously, there are some spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen the season finale of The Walking Dead, or if you don’t want to read any comic book spoilers, TURN BACK NOW!
Okay, now that we’re all ready to get all spoilery up in here, can we just talk about that Walking Dead finale? I could spend ages talking about that finale and that creepy cat-and-mouse game the Saviors were playing with the group, but let’s address the episode’s big moment: Negan killing one of Rick’s group.
We don’t know who Negan killed, and we’ve got an entire summer hiatus to try and speculate on who actually got up close and personal with Negan’s bat, Lucille. Now if you’ve read the comics, you’ll know that the individual on the receiving end of Lucille’s kiss is one Glenn Rhee. Of course, after the shenanigans the show runners played with the fans with Glenn and the Magic Dumpster, I’ve got a really hard time believing that they’ll actually kill Glenn (again).
I think they want us to think Glenn’s number is up, but they won’t actually kill him. After all, this isn’t the first time the show has strayed from the comics as we saw with how long Lori stuck around, Andrea dying and never hooking up with Rick, and Bob being the poor soul who got to deliver the “TAINTED MEAT!” line rather than Dale. If Glenn isn’t the one Negan kills, who’s going to welcome us to the newest season of The Walking Dead with their horrific, bloody death? The internet’s got some ideas:
It’s still Glenn. No magical dumpster this time, pal.
Let’s just ignore that this entire season has felt like a giant march to the moment where Negan kills Glenn, and that Negan utters the same words of twisted praise to Glenn “taking it like a man” that he does in the comics. Let’s also ignore that the show hasn’t killed of a major character in some time, and we know from The Magic Dumpster that Glenn’s death would cause a huge amount of press. AND that Glenn’s record of never killing a human and being the moral center of the group has been tarnished when he killed several of the Saviors in their sleep. Turns out Negan’s game of eeny-meeny-miny-mo also also lead folks over at Inquisitr to believe the bat landed on Glenn. If Negan started on Rick and continued clockwise, the eleventh person he pointed Lucille at would be his victim–Glenn Rhee.
Surprise! It’s Michonne.
Okay, let me just say that it had better not be Michonne. However, there are reasons to believe it’s her. Her character has gone through quite a bit of maturation, and prior to being kidnapped by the Saviors, she was pretty happy with her new dating situation with Rick. Usually, that’s when the writers like to kill off a character. Popsugar thinks Michonne could be Negan’s victim because of the POV shots from the group being kept in the van (Glenn, Daryl, Rosita, and Michonne).
This POV shot is used again when the victim is looking down Negan’s bat. An eagle-eyed viewer will also note that the person looking at the streams of light in the van has a head in front of them. That paired with the angle of the shot seem to match where Michonne was seated in the van. While the victim could be any one of the members of the van (and with Rosita being in the van the show could get a gory, sad death without killing of a HUGE character), Michonne seems to be a highly likely victim.
Daryl (prep for riots, just in case)
This is the one that I personally believe as well. Daryl Dixon is not a character found in the comic books, so his death could happen at any time. While he isn’t a Red Shirt by any means, it stands to reason that the show runners could be moving beyond Daryl’s story line to move towards a more Rick and Carl-focused story now that Negan’s in the mix. Plus, Norman Reedus himself has come out to say, in regards to the finale, “I know what happens, and it’s gut-wrenching to me.” From various interviews, he seems to be one of the only cast members who knows what happened. Is that because Reedus’ character was the one to die? Express UK seems to think so. It doesn’t help Daryl’s case that Reedus has a new show with AMC. Is it possible that AMC is hoping to leverage Reedus’ fanbase from Walking Dead into his new show?
Of course, it could be none of these people. Maggie, Rosita, Sasha, Eugene, and Abraham are also in the mix. Really the only two who seem to be safe are Carl (who is being used as leverage to keep Rick still) and Rick (the leader that Negan wants to put in his place). It’s possible that Eugene, Abraham, or Rosita meet a bloody end as they aren’t as long-standing characters like Glenn or Daryl. However, with all the suspense the show is putting behind this death, I’ve got a feeling that we’re going to lose a longtime fave come next season.
Who do you think met Lucille? Tell us your theories in the comments!
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