WASHINGTON, September 4, 2016 – The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 23, bringing its fans back to the cliff hanger of all cliff hangers: Who has Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) beaten to death with Lucille? Was it Glenn? Abraham? Darryl? All of the above?
Fans of the show often revert back to the eponymous Image Comics book written by show producer Robert Kirkman for clues to the show’s direction. However, just as that other cable juggernaut, Game of Thrones, is going off its literary script, so, too is The Walking Dead.
In the comic book, Glenn – whose wife Maggie is now pregnant on the show – is the one who died at the hands of Negan. But according to Scott Gimple, speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the show is not going to duplicate the comic book, but it will still remain in the same universe as.
“It was all about expectations,” The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple told Entertainment Weekly. “People were like, ‘Oh, well, here’s what happens when Negan arrives on the scene.’ And the expectation was, ‘Oh, it’ll be this way and that’s the way it should be and that’s the way it is in my head.’ And I understand that. But it’s also a question of trying to do things that fulfill the spirit of the story and the spirit of the comic, without it being exactly the [same as the] comic.”
We know it was not Darryl, but fans are all waiting to see who did die at the hands Neegan, the most evil of men and one that the survivors leader Rick Grimes must now work with – or perish. And the debate has brought out some serious avid fan contemplation of who was actually killed at the end of last season.
Before I Sleep films offers this video using character Point of View (POV) to determine who was killed.
While Gaming 999 present’s leaked still images from the set of the upcoming Season 7 premier to make his determination as to who fell beneath the brutality of Negan and Lucille:
And Walking Dead regular Melissa McBride is promising that the open scene will “rock the walls”.
“Oh, I’ve heard it. I’ve heard it all,” McBride told EW regarding the cliffhanger outrage. “But, you know, it’s entertaining. It’s compelling and some people like cliffhangers, some people hate them, and that’s just part of the experience. But I hope those people that feel jilted will tune in because the premiere is just going to be… oh God, it’s going to rock the walls. The wait is worth it. Whether you’re angry with it or whether you liked the cliffhanger or whether you’re pissed off about it, the wait is worth it.”
Whatever happens, what the show calls “a beloved character”, which refers to the core group – Rick, Michonne, Darryl, Carl, Maggie, Glenn, Sasha, Rosita, Aaron, Abraham, Morgan and Louis – is going to die and Rick won’t ever be the same. We know that Rick, Carl and Michonne are safe and this upcoming season is going to be about Rick’s confrontation against another Alpha survivor, Negan, and the fact that Negan’s group is bigger, stronger and meaner that Ricks – and now, after a series of Season 6 missteps, Rick will have to rally his group to repair the damage he has caused.
Rick has finally realized he needs other people to survive in the new world and in a bit of dramatized the enemy of my enemy (zombies) is my frenemy, he’ll have to work with Negan to ensure the safety of his people.
This reviewers guess is that Michonne is going to be Ricks moral compass while Maggie and Darryl will plot to avenge the death of…. well we are not sure, but all baseball bats do point to Glenn.
Which means it could absolutely not be Glenn.
Negan is a wild card. He can be brutal, but he can also be compassionate as long as it is the compassion he wants to give.
And there is always a new “top dog” wanting to run an America gone mad – and this season that is King Ezikiel (Khary Payton) and his pet tiger, Shiva who rule a new settlement called The Kingdom,
And then there is Dwight, one of Negan’s men who has a bit of history with Darryl and he is now riding Darryl’s bike and wearing his vest.
And we surely should not forget Jesus (Paul Rova) and his group, that our survivors have helped meaning that in this, what is their darkest hour of many, our survivors are not without friends.
The Walking Dead returns October 23 at 9:00 p.m. estern, 8:00 p.m. central. Communities Digital News will be live chatting the season premier.