The Walking Dead’s season six finale is fast approaching, which means we’re also hurtling ever closer to the introduction of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the leader of the Saviors who will likely be the most gruesome, sadistic enemy Rick and his group have yet faced.
At this point, we pretty much know that Negan is going to kill a major character in his debut, with the smart money on it being Glenn since that’s how things play out in the comics. However, recent comments from the show’s creative team suggest that things are going to play out much differently from the comics. Showrunner Scott Gimple has said that viewers should expect some “hard left turns” as compared to the comics, while Andrew Lincoln claimed that he “felt sick to [his] stomach when [he] read the script.” As if that wasn’t enough to leave viewers dreading the finale, Lauren Cohan has also stated that “it took a really, really long time for everybody to feel again after [filming] the finale.”
With those comments in mind, it seems unlikely that Glenn is Negan’s first victim, as this would already be something that everyone’s expecting. However, a fan named Matt Seitz has posited a pretty convincing theory that speculates that Glenn is still killed off, but just in a much different (and brutal) way from the comics.
Seitz speculates that rather than simply beat Glenn death, Negan makes Rick choose between shooting Glenn or letting him kill a pregnant Maggie instead. This would definitely explain Andrew Lincoln’s uneasiness with the finale’s events while resulting in some heavy emotional fallout, as Rick is screwed no matter what decision he makes.
Can”t we just go back to a few episodes ago when Rick and Daryl were bickering about music while on a road trip? That was fun, wasn’t it? Alas, to watch The Walking Dead is to suffer.