The Walking Dead Season 7: Place your bets now!
James R | On 23, Oct 2016
Warning: There are spoilers ahead.
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Eeny, menu, miny, moe. With those four simple words, The Walking Dead has sent the Internet into a frenzy over the last six months. They were, of course, the words used to mark the entrance of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan – and what an entrance it was, as it also marked the departure of one of Rick’s crew, at the hands of Negan’s trusty baseball bat, Lucille.
The question we’ve all been asking is: who did get a bat to the head? (Multiple times, we might add.) With the show finally set to return in the UK on Monday 24th October at 9pm on FOX UK (and simulcast at 2.30am for those who want to stay up to avoid spoilers), let’s quickly remind ourselves of the available options… (Read our review of the Season 6 finale here.)
Click here to vote for who you think will get it.
The possible victims
Good old reliable Glenn. He’s top of the list for many people, given that he’s the one who gets battered off his mortal coil by Lucille in Robert Kirkman’s comic books. But, as we’ve learned over the years, what happened on the page means diddly-squat to the writers of the show. Besides, he came back from apparent death in the mid-season, so he’s clearly a resilient mother. On the other hand, does that mean his time has finally come?
From Glenn to Daryl, a character who wasn’t even in the comic books but was added into the TV show – and promptly became one of its star players. Judging by some of the trailers and teasers doing the rounds, there’s a glimpse of blood being splattered on the right of Rick’s face, which is where Daryl is sitting… Most of all, though, we’re not sure we could survive without Norman Reedus on our screens, which means the writers are definitely going to kill him off, just to torment us. The Walking Dead loves it when people are miserable.
If Glenn doesn’t get it, then what better way to make everyone miserable than bump off his pregnant wife, Maggie? Asked by Chris Hardwick about her character at the New York Comic Con panel for the show, actress Lauren Cohan began to cry. Tears of farewell?
Carl is in no way going to die. He has to be there to continue on from Rick, when Rick does eventually depart the show. And besides, who would beat a child to death with a baseball bat on TV? That would be horrible, shocking and cruel. So that’s Carl on the probably-dead list, then.
Abraham. The coolest on-screen ginger male since Ron Weasley. Like Glenn, Abraham is another character who died ages ago on the page, but in the show, saw his death scene stolen by someone else. That could be because it’s given him the time to get his life together, finding time for real romance with Sasha and a cuddly reunion with Eugene. All of which would just make his death more shocking – especially given the impact it would have upon Eugene. Ok, our money’s on him.
Who would beat a woman to death with a baseball – no, wait, that logic clearly doesn’t work. Seriously, though, Michonne’s really grown into an important character in the show, evolving into Rick’s love interest – and they wouldn’t be so churlish as to kill her, just to develop Rick’s character further. So it can’t be Michonne. But hey, it’s that kind of certainty that makes us even more worried we’re wrong.
Kirkman has already told The Hollywood Reporter that the episode will be “gut-wrenching” and emotional. And no offence, Rosita, even after your fling with Abraham, you’re not important enough to be the one that Negan bashes into oblivion. Unless Negan kills two people? Oh no, he’s going to kill two people, isn’t he?
Aaron ranks alongside Rosita in the importance stakes, but darn it, he’s such a nice guy that he’s inevitably doomed to get it at some point. Why not now, as a handy get-out clause that would keep all our favourite characters alive to face another bat another day? Besides, isn’t “Aaron” Latin for disposable? (Ok, we made that last bit up.)
Joining Daryl in the list of characters without a comic book origin, that gives the writers the freedom to do with they want with either of them. Ok, now we’re convinced Negan’s going to kill two people and do a TV-characters-only double-dip.
Eugene has slowly become a fan favourite, partly because he offers fantastic comic relief and partly due to his incredible biting technique. So it’s no wonder that he’s been kept alive for so long – by now, he’s so well-loved that AMC is probably preparing to launch a hair salon that specialises in mullets. That, however, only makes him treasured enough for his death to be upsetting. And he gave Rick his recipe for making bullets, which leaves his legacy firmly in place. Still not convinced? Put it like this: if Abraham were to get it, would we see Eugene rush to avenge him and get the baseball treatment too?
Now, look. We know that Rick’s safe, right? He’s the series’ lead. He’s the one going on the journey back and forth between humanity and monstrosity over and over again. He’s the one Negan really wants to make suffer. He’s also the one that Robert Kirkman has hinted in interviews will be fine. He’s even in the below teaser video for Season 7 that AMC has released. Which, of course, means that it’s all 100% a fake-out and he’s definitely about to have a hot, bloody date with Lucille.
All of them
If in doubt, go the Agatha Christie route: they all end up dead, as Negan beats them savagely into a messy pulp, one after t’other. “I don’t know that our audience is necessarily bloodthirsty enough to be wanting to hear that there’s another death,” Kirkman told THR, but let’s be clear: he didn’t rule it completely. “It’s to be a rough, rough, rough episode,” he added. “Knowing what’s coming and knowing what happens, it’s really hard for me to watch.”
Ok, we give up. Your turn. Who do you think will die at the start of Season 7? Points to whoever gets it right. (All together now: “What do points mean?” “Nothing of any monetary value that could be mistaken for any kind of prize!”)
The Walking Dead Season 7 is available to watch in the UK on FOX UK. Don’t have pay-TV? You can also stream it live and on-demand legally through NOW. For £6.99 a month, the VOD service gives you access to Sky Atlantic (Westworld), Sky 1 (Arrow, The Flash) and FOX (The Walking Dead), with no contract. Season 1 to 6 of The Walking Dead are also available.
Photo: Gene Page / AMC