Negan! Lucille! Eugene’s awesome business mullet!
Welcome to the first edition of “What just happened?”
Moving forward in this article, I will be discussing in detail the final episode of season six of The Walking Dead; plus details of the comic book. I’ll also be arguing the point that the way the episode ended was best for the story. So spoilers aplenty, and don’t become a big cranky-pants because I spoiled it for you.
The Walking Dead’s season six banner.
So we’ve had some time to digest the season finale to season six of The Walking Dead, and it has split (pun intended) fans right down the middle. The introduction of Negan, who is arguably the most intense villain in comic books, has been hyped up for six months after Jeffery Dean Morgan was announced as the iconic character. Just as eagerly awaited, however, has been the death of a beloved character. Those that have read the books know that Glenn was the one to embrace Lucille’s sweet cold kiss of barbed wire death in the iconic first meeting between Negan & the Saviors and our heroes.
Show-runner Scott Gimple has come out and stated that the show will now start to mirror the comic books more than they have in the past, even teasing the death of Glenn. The show has felt more like an alternate timeline rather than an adaption, which is great as they can kill characters earlier than before (note: Shane/Dale/Tyreese) and introduce all new characters (Norman God-damn Reedus).
Jeffery Dean Morgan was announced as fan favorite villain, Negan, back in November 2015.
Gimple said that “In many ways what we saw last night was the end of the story of [episode] sixteen… and presenting what occurs, to show what happened in full-force, is the beginning of the next story.” He was also quoted as saying “It is all part of a plan and is all part of a story.” Which makes sense. This is also not the first time that The Walking Dead has left fans on a cliff hanger. Season 4 introduced Terminus, and our heroes were locked in a train car plotting their escape. We didn’t know how they would get out, or when. But we knew they would. Then seeing the break out done in full force to kick off season five was absolutely the right decision.
Having the episode end with a first person shot of the victim was masterfully done. It’s enough to confirm that yes, someone will die. We know this will happen. But it was also enough to piss fans of the show off by not revealing who dies. So based on the comic books, does that guarantee Glenn will die?
Who is going to be the one to feel Lucille’s kiss of barbed wire death?
Well, not entirely. This is where I am going to play a fun little game called “Let’s predict who gets to kiss Lucille!”
We have eleven people lined up for Negan’s slaughter. Rick, Carl, Glenn, Daryl, Michonne, Maggie, Rosita, Aaron, Sasha, Abraham, and Eugene. Negan wants to send a message to Rick, so Rick won’t die. It’s doubtful they’ll kill Carl, since he’s lost his eye already this season. It’s also been revealed we will find out what is making Maggie sick during the course of season seven, so Maggie won’t die. Also, she’s pregnant, and killing a soon to be mother won’t fly on television. So right now, we are down to Glenn, Daryl, Michonne, Rosita, Aaron, Sasha, Abraham, and Eugene.
Rosita, Aaron, Sasha, Abraham, and Eugene aren’t developed enough or beloved enough yet to warrant the absolute gut punch that this death will deliver. So that nails it down to either Glenn, Daryl or Michonne. Glenn is the obvious choice. That’s why I don’t think he will be the one to bite the home run. That leaves Michonne and Daryl.
Who could it be?
This is where it gets tough. There has been huge fan followings for both of these characters. Daryl has been a mainstay since season one, and has been a loyal right hand to the Ricktatorship. Michonne, however, has gotten a lot of character development this season – even shacking up with old Coral Senior. It provides a very interesting dynamic. They could either kill off the most popular character of the show in Daryl (causing a huge riot among the Norman Reedus faithful), or kill Michonne and have Rick go absolutely bonkers mad.
Either way, the season seven opening episode is going to be a must watch event.
Walking Dead season seven starts October 2016.