By now, even most casual fans of The Walking Dead are aware of the imminent arrival of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan, the brutish villain from the comic series who is being positioned as the show’s main antagonist for the foreseeable future. While it’s still very much up in the air as to when Negan will actually make his first appearance, you can be sure that he’ll show up by the season six finale at the latest … and when he does, it’s going to rock the series to its core. It’s almost guaranteed that Negan will kill at least one of the series’ main characters by the end of the season. How do we know this? Well, that’s pretty much what Negan does in the comics and there’s also the small matter of Rick’s group blowing up an entire group of Negan’s Saviors — there’s no way he’s going to let that slide. Right now, it’s really a guessing game as to which character Negan will ultimately murder, but we can assure you that it will be one of the following characters on this list. And if it’s not … well then the show really went in a strange direction with all of this.
*Note: this post contains spoilers from the The Walking Dead comics (and potentially) the end of season 6.
8. Father Gabriel
On the lower end of the spectrum of possibilities is Father Gabriel. We’ve already gone into detail about why Gabriel is a lousy character, so I won’t belabor the point here. The thing is, as much as we’d be totally fine with seeing Negan caving Gabriel’s skull in, that’s also the main reason why we don’t think it will happen, at least not right away. Negan’s introduction will be brutal, terrifying, and designed to make viewers feel incredibly uneasy, so nothing is really gained by killing off a character most of us would actually be happy to see go. Still, there’s always the possibility that Father Gabriel will be on Negan’s kill radar; just don’t hold out much hope for it.