If you know, or are, someone who is a fan of The Walking Dead, then you should know by now the frustration we’re all feeling from the Season 6 finale. It ended on a cliffhanger; leaving us viewers to wonder who Negan made brain pudding out of (Did you hear those mashing noises as the camera went to black? Delicious!). I’ve been in the same boat as all of you, and have done my best to try and narrow down who it could be, so here’s what I came up with! Hopefully some of this information helps to hold you over until the death is finally “revealed in the Season 7 premiere”, which has been confirmed by Greg Nicotero, himself.
Glenn- Glenn is possibly the most expected victim of Lucille. Aside from the comic book, there seem to be some telling hints that it may be our beloved pizza boy who bites the bat. There are the POV shots from inside the van (though I personally believe they might belong to another character, it's a great and easy conclusion), the scene with the bat during the opening of Season 5 at Terminus (which isn’t in the comics, but still might be reaching) and finally, Glenn entering a Savior compound and discovering a pin board with snap shots of mushy heads, hinting they may have been victims of Lucille and that he may be seeing his own demise. Also, that episode marks the first time Glenn has ever killed another human being, so we can look at that as bad karma, as well. It would certainly be interesting to see Glenn live through this moment and see where his character goes from here on out, but I truly doubt that, even if he made it, he would make it much further than Season 7.
Daryl- This one doesn’t make sense to me. I understand his character is quite beloved, (believe me, I love him, too) however, Daryl was just shot and left for dead (as it was implied) in the second to last episode of Season 6, leading me to believe they wouldn’t go and waste this death on someone we had already thought was dead only days before our first encounter with Negan, himself. The fact that he was spared tells me he will still be around to have his future rivalry with Dwight, and perhaps he’ll be the one Negan takes an interest in, as opposed to Carl. Again, possibly reaching here, but what if Negan knew what Daryl did to his group of Saviors, and found interest in his madness and dedication to his own group? Maybe that's enough to make him keep Daryl around for more interrogation.
Rosita- I don’ even need to say it, but I will: it can’t be Rosita. The only person it would truly impact would be Abraham, and possibly Eugene, and that’s not enough to shake things up for Rick and the gang. Sure, she is a member of their group, but I wouldn’t exactly consider her to be “beloved” or a “long-time character”, ultimately diminishing any sort of misery that may come from her beating to fans of the show. Yes, Negan beating a woman with Lucille would be brutal and absolutely shocking. However, if it were going to be a woman, I’d say I have a much better guess for who it would be…
Michonne- I know, I know…it’s not going to be her…or will it? I understand that Michonne has so much more story left to be told, so it wouldn’t really shock me if they DIDN’T kill her. There are some important aspects to consider here, though. Let’s start with her biting the apple in bed with Rick, and the name of the episode (The Last Day on Earth). Both of these appear to be biblical references to the story of Adam & Eve, and the end of time, itself (and the beginning of a new world…Negan’s world?). Also, what about Jesus taking the picture of the Queen off the wall in Rick’s house? Does it hold any significance, or is it just another reach? Something else to consider is Morgan and Carol’s encounter with two men from the Kingdom at the end of S6/E16. This leads me to believe Michonne’s story line might be passed over to Carol, but only time will truly tell. As for the POV shots, I personally believe they belong to Michonne. From where she is sitting in the van, to when it shows the bat in the camera’s face, it all sways me towards her being the unlucky victim.
All of my friends seem to think I’m insane for even suggesting her as a possibility, so call me crazy. But isn’t that what theories are all about? Considering every little bit of information to make a well-rounded and educated guess? There is also the situation where Rick and his group encounter a group of walkers lined up, blocking their path. One of them has bloody dreadlocks of Michonne’s stapled to its head, and Rick had to cut through its handcuffed hand just like he did to Jessie back in the midseason premiere (one of the best episodes of the TV show, yet). Is Rick just bad luck with women and happiness, or will Michonne be spared in order for Rick to keep his sanity? Or, the very little he has left...
Abraham- Abe is another hefty contender for the bashing of the brains. There are many things that may point to this: he is the strongest of the group, therefore, Negan may see him as a threat. There is the “Crush theory”, in which Denise (who took Abraham’s death) finds a can of orange Crush soda, just moments before she met her demise. Does this signify that Abe will have his head “crushed”?
Another INCREDIBLY interesting theory has surfaced, involving him and Glenn to BOTH end up being victims of Negan. This would mean he might intervene during or after Glenn’s bashing, and end up getting killed. Besides living on borrowed time, Abraham has finally found happiness and wants to start a family, so what better time for him to die. He also had the conversation with Glenn about happiness, having a child in a world like this, and so much more. This duo death may pack an emotional wallop, if this is the direction they decide to take it in.
Eugene- I don’t think it’s too likely. I feel like him giving Rick the bullet plans and his goodbye with Abraham were both just red herrings to throw us off the scent of the actual death. But how heartbreaking would it be for that Glenn & Abraham theory to turn into a Eugene & Abraham one? The irony of Eugene telling Abraham that he doesn’t need him anymore and then ends up dying the very first time he is on his own…my god. Abe would feel as if he’d failed, considering all he had before Sasha was the will to protect Eugene, and with that gone, he might just try something stupid because his heart is telling him what his mind isn’t. I still don’t think its Eugene, but that would certainly be interesting, and crushing……ha.
Maggie- No, I didn’t forget about Maggie. I think AMC having Negan mush up a pregnant woman’s dome piece would be border line ‘pushing it’. She is incredibly sick already, so something tells me that Negan looks at her and thinks that fate just might finish her off, regardless if he did it or not. Plus, if we’re talking about a character with a ton of story left to tell, it’s definitely her. This right here almost supports the theory of Glenn dying, so Maggie can progress further as a character and a leader just as her comic book character did. It would be a complete 180 if they end up killing her, and then have Glenn take her story line, but I find that highly unlikely. It has to be a woman who ends up leading over at the Hilltop, so that pervert Gregory can sexually harass them into hating him.
Sasha- I don’t see anything whatsoever that indicates she could be Negan’s victim, so I have nothing to say for her character. I could only see Abraham’s possible death having an impact on her character. Truthfully, she has lost a lot already. From her old boyfriend Bob to her brother Tyrese, killing Abraham would just drive another nail directly through her heart. And we all saw the way she acted after losing them, so let’s please not have her return to that behavior, at the very least. I’m not saying it can’t be her, but I don’t have a reason to think it could be, so we will just have to wait and see.
Aaron- Okay, THIS one would piss me off the most. “A beloved character”? Not yet, at least not at this point in the story. As a scout for the town of Alexandria, we met Aaron back in Season 5 when he encountered Rick and his group. He is ultimately the reason they are all safe and at Alexandria, but he does not hold enough weight in the hearts of fans to get a reaction out of his death. It would be a total cop out to go with someone like him. Hell, Eugene is a much more beloved character than him, in my honest opinion. I just don’t see it going over well with the fans to make us wait half a year and then give this death to a “major” character such as Aaron.
People have been counting the “Eenie, meenie, miney, mo” sequence, and discovering that it would logically end on Aaron. There’s one problem with that: the presentation of the Season 6 finale, especially in its final moments, is so absolutely scattershot, it would be almost impossible to make that claim based on that information alone. One cannot decipher who the bat landed on in that manner. Don’t you think they already thought about that before writing and filming the entire scene? It’s designed so absolutely no one can figure it out, no matter what ‘clues’ we think we may have found.
Carl- “Anyone moves, anyone says anything, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father and THEN we’ll get started”. The emphasis Negan puts on the word “then” is making people think that he would cut Carl’s other eye out, feed it to Rick, THEN proceed with the hitting him until he collapsed. There is just no way it could be Carl. He suffered a blow to the head already from little Ron, I highly doubt they would do that just to end up killing off his character, anyways. I just assumed Negan was making a threat, and that it didn’t signify that Carl was the one. Another theory behind Carl is that when Negan raises his bat before the beating, we see what looks like the shadow of a hat, similar to Carl’s, across his chest. This could mean something, this could mean nothing. However, I know one thing for sure: if Carl were the one Negan decided to kill, there’d be one person who would not let that happen and intervene, which leads us to our final possibility.
Rick- No, it can’t be Rick. And I am more than likely 110% correct about that. But if Negan chose Carl as the victim, Rick would jump up after the first whack. There is absolutely no way he would sit there and take someone murdering his son to a bloody pulp. If we’re talking about a “hard left turn” such as executive producer Scott M. Gimple suggested in the Negan story line, the only thing that would absolutely shock me…is to kill off both Rick & Carl, similar to the Glenn & Abraham theory floating around on the internet. Carl would get the bat, Rick would intervene, and both would end up dead. Where would that leave fans? Shocked? Pissed? Both? That’s one of the only outcomes that comes off as crazy, and out of absolutely nowhere. But, something tells me Rick is here to stay, and that the weight of this death will inevitably fall on his shoulders, and make him hate Negan even more than he already does. People have been saying that if it were Michonne, there would be no way Rick would just sit there and take it. I have to disagree with that, however. Rick told Carl after he was shot that he wanted to show him the new world, and wouldn’t let any harm come to him. Sure, Rick is definitely in love with Michonne, but she is not his son. At the end of the day, Carl is Rick’s pride and joy, which makes him and Rick both untouchable, in my eyes.
So, who do you think is the unlucky victim of Negan’s blood-caked baseball bat? Did any of this information make you think twice, or were you all set with your original predictions? Feel free to let me know what you think; I’d love to hear what you’ve got for me! The Walking Dead returns for Season 7 this October.
- Tyler Aucoin