Warning: this post contains heavy SPOILERS for The Walking Dead Season premiere.
After months of waiting to find out which character was killed off in the Season 6 finale, The Walking Dead finally delivered the answer with a heart-wrenching premiere that really did change things forever on the long-running show. With the devastating loss of both Abraham and Glenn, Season 7 is positioned to be The Walking Dead’s most harrowing yet and it’s frankly difficult to know where the show might go next.
There are almost too many questions to ask right now about the upcoming season, but these are the ones I can’t stop asking following the season premiere, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.”
10. Will Rick Use That Ax To Kill Negan?
While Negan’s barbed wire bat Lucille took center stage in this episode when it came to inanimate objects that might as well be living, breathing characters, Rick’s unnamed hatchet was a close second. The ax was central to Negan’s plan for breaking Rick down: he threatened and teased him with it, ordered him to go fetch it, and then almost had Rick use it on his own son.
Given how significant a role the ax played in breaking Rick’s resolve and confidence, it would appear that the show is planning to have things come full circle and eventually have Rick use it to finish Negan off, but with Negan likely around for the long haul, it will be interesting to see if the writers even remember to keep the ax around long enough for Rick to use it (or if he’s even the one who ultimately kills Negan).