Yesterday, AMC released a short promo trailer for The Walking Dead’s seventh season, which unsurprisingly focused almost exclusively on Negan and the Saviors. AMC understandably doesn’t want to show off too much footage featuring the regular cast since it’s still not clear which character is being killed off by Negan in the season premiere. However, if you look closely at a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in the trailer, you’ll spot this image [shout out to Uproxx for the find]:
That sure looks a lot like Michael Cudlitz’s Abraham wrestling on the ground with some Walkers, which would indicate that he survives the fateful night encounter with Negan that kicks off season 7. Although The Spoiling Dead has been giving the impression in recent months that Abraham would be Negan’s victim, as Cudlitz has reportedly not been spotted on set since the premiere was shot, this image, along with comments Cudlitz recently made to Popsugar, seem to indicate that Abraham is not on the chopping block after all:
“[Denise’s] death spurs on a whole bunch of other stuff, and then the audience knows that Abraham will continue for a while now. Now we get to see what a world with Negan and Abraham both in it will be like. That’s something we don’t see in the graphic novels. So a lot of cool stuff happens. For me, knowing that his potential death had come and gone, it was a moment to go, ‘Oh cool, they really aren’t going to stick with what the graphic novel does.’ As a fan of both the novel and the show, it was cool.”
So if Abraham isn’t the character being killed off in the premiere, who is it? Carl has already been ruled out, as have Rick, Daryl, Eugene, and Glenn, as each have been spotted on set post-finale (obviously that’s not 100% confirmation of anything, but it is a pretty good indication that they’re safe). As Uproxx points out, Sasha, Aaron, and Rosita are not significant enough characters to make much of an emotional impact if they were to be killed off, which leaves only Maggie and Michonne.
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Maggie seems the likelier of the two at this moment, as Lauren Cohan’s recent Instagram posts have suggested that she has been away from The Walking Dead set. Plus, killing off a pregnant woman, especially one as beloved as Maggie is by both characters on the show and the show’s fanbase at large, would certainly live up to the disturbing and gut-wrenching tone the finale is striving to achieve.
So, should we ready our goodbyes for Maggie now? We’ll know for sure when The Walking Dead returns on October 23.