** THE WALKING DEAD SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED WATCHING SEASON 6 **
It’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep. So let me talk about something none-beauty which I am totally obsessed with at the moment.
I am a fan of The Walking Dead AMC series, although originally I gave up on it after 1 series. I returned to it last year and did a 6.5 series marathon and became fully hooked and attached all the characters.
Sunday night was the Season 6 finale (and this has felt like one long season) and I wasn’t going to wait up till 5am or something to watch the show live, I had to wait till Monday night. That night I dreamt about the episode. I dreamt about what Lucille (that barbed bat) and Negan would look like (Jeffery Dean Morgan looking hot) and the death of Daryl. (What I saw in my head was pretty amazing btw – call me AMC). It felt like they were building up to kill Daryl and I did not want to see one of the best loved and fundamentally good characters to die.
So as I watched the season finale reluctantly, behind a pillow, it finally dawned on me that this was not going to be straightforward. The entire episode was by the way, was a masterclass in suspense and it was quite painful for me to watch – the Mr noted me tapping my fingers and exhibiting signs of stress. I was stressed.
Anyway. If you saw the episode you will know that Negan took his bat to someone’s head. We didn’t get to see whose head that was because it was the victim’s POV (annoying) and in my opinion, I think it could’ve been just as powerful to reveal which beloved character died. But whatever; it happened.
Now, in my opinion there is no concrete way to truly know who has died – it’s been left that way. We can however speculate and use the power of over analysing to guess who it could be. (This is all I am doing guys – having some fun because this is driving me mad, and I would love to hear any other fans’ guesses and why).
Observe, my high quality seating chart for the worst party ever:
Don’t moan about my drawing skills – I am using Skitch and drawing on a trackpad. Ok let’s get started….
Theory 1: It’s not Rick or Carl
For some reason I thought Negan was talking to Carl as he raised his bat, but he is not, he is talking about him.
What he actually says is: “Anybody moves, anybody says anything, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father and then we’ll start again. You can breathe, you can blink, you can cry. Hell you’re all going to be doing that.”
I would presume that from the above statement that both Rick and Carl will be fine as he points out he will punish them if anyone moves – some people have suggested that Carl might be getting tortured and killed which makes no sense – what’s the point of killing him then cutting his eye out?
Additionally, logic says you can’t take away someone who is too precious to someone else that you need (in this case Rick). If he bashed Carl’s brain in, in front of his father, surely Rick would rather die fighting the Saviours than ever ever ever comply with Negan. Rick is the leader of this group and he is required to return home with the message…therefore I don’t think it is Rick or Carl.
Theory 2: It is someone strong (or proud)
Negan makes 3 blows to the victim and even comments patronisingly, “Oh look at that- taking it like a champ”.
(By the way, the word “champ” for me is somewhat suggestive of a male (would he have used ‘hero’ or something like that instead if it was a woman? Also it could be someone who perhaps you think is a weakling but is brave in the face of death.)
Now, an encounter with Lucille is no joke. How many people could honestly still be upright after taking that first hard blow to the head? Not many. Whoever it is also looks up AGAIN at Negan in what seems to be an act of defiance.
In terms of strength, my first choice would be Abraham. Abraham is a big strong guy, and already demonstrated his bravery earlier when he squares up to Negan as if to say he is willing to take the strike. He could absolutely, “Take it like a champ”…however…
You would expect Abraham to do so because he is brave and strong. If Negan is being patronising with his champ comment he could be referring to someone we perceive as being weaker: Glenn, Aaron or Eugene. However, Glenn and Eugene at this point have already been beaten and look somewhat fragile – could they honestly take that many blows without keeling over the first time?
If we think that it could be a woman, then Michonne is badass, and she is the one I can imagine would take it like a champ…I have some other theories which indicate it could be her later..
So the suspects based on this theory for me are: Abraham, Aaron, Michonne and maybe Eugene is being hardcore in his last moments, possible Glenn BUT for the POV issue (see below).
Theory 3: Negan doesn’t kill women or children (in the comic)
I haven’t read the graphic novels, but I have read that Negan does not kill women or children – the series does not completely fully follow the books SO, there is a chance they will shock us all and kill a woman. The only two for me which would have a huge emotional impact are Michonne and Maggie, since they have been part of the story for so long.
BUT – I kinda support the theory that he wouldn’t kill a woman. I mean, it would seem almost pathetic wouldn’t it to his gang if he went for a female, especially one as weak as Maggie is in that moment. Who works for a man who bludgeons an extremely ill pregnant woman anyway? Plus he has seen how far they will go to save her, so going back to my theory you can’t kill someone who is too precious to the group, I think he would leave Maggie alone.
HOWEVER – he could equally break her heart and everyone else’s (not that he knows Maggie is pregnant but judging by Glenn’s super emotional outburst, maybe he can guess) if he took that baby’s father away forever.
So Glenn – you get a point here because you implicated yourself by crying like a baby in front of Negan.
Theory 4: The POV
There were a lot of scenes after the commercial breaks that showed a group of people in a dark enclosed space, clearly a box. This was the POV (stands for point of view by the way – probably should’ve mentioned that at the start) of the four people in the box; Daryl, Glenn, Rosita and Michonne.
The final scene is a POV – does this mean that it has to be someone who was in that box since we are returning to that angle? It’s a decent theory.
Of the four in the box, I still don’t think it’s Daryl since he looks like death already, he probably would’ve keeled over first blow. Maybe I am in Daryl denial. I don’t think Rosita is remarkable enough to be killed, it COULD be Michonne, and she is badass enough to take the blow. It could most definitely be Glenn BUT there is one major thing – after the first blow from Lucile, the victim looks up again at Negan.
If you were Glenn and you knew it was over, who would your final glance be at? Surely his pregnant missus’ Maggie. I find it hard to believe he would not look over at her just once (admittedly it wouldn’t be the prettiest sight) if not just to say, I wuv you. He’s a crying blubbering mess anyway, would he be defiant enough to look back at Negan?
I am undecided who it could be based on this theory.
Theory 5. The hat outline theory
If you freeze the shot where Negan raises Lucile above his head, there is an OUTLINE that looks suspiciously like a head and a hat on it. It suggests that it is Carl being hit, since he is the only one wearing a hat.
However – from what we said in point 1, it can’t be Carl – so could it be someone sat directly next to Carl. Look at the chart people – it could be Aaron or Eugene based on this theory. I can’t help feeling like Carl is to the right of Negan which would make the victim Aaron. (Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron by the way is a super talented impersonator – his videos are on You Tube).
Theory 6: The shadows
At one point we see Negan’s shadow on the right hand side of Rick’s face (his left) which means it would have to be someone on the right of him – Sasha, Aaron, Carl, Eugene. Of those four, I personally think Aaron and Eugene are the most likely.
Hey it COULD be Sasha. Abraham would be the most broken by that but I don’t believe there is enough impact with her.
I could be Eugene. He has said his goodbyes after all and handed over instructions how to make bullets.
It could be Aaron – why did he even travel with them on this trip? There was no particular reason for him to be there unless it was because they wanted to kill him off.
Theory 7: The Eeny Meenie Miny Moe
Negan uses a version of Eeny Meenie I haven’t heard before:
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by his toe. If he hollers, let him go. My mother told me to pick the very best one and you – are – it.
Now, this doesn’t actually work because he starts skipping people but let’s say theoretically, it did. He starts at RICK (see graphic above) and goes to his left, then back down the row again.
Presuming you went on each person equally and didn’t split two syllable words as two counts, it would land on MICHONNE. If you split the syllables (ti-ger, holl-ers) it would land on RICK and we know it isn’t him.
Making plans and characters who have signed off might give an indication as to who is leaving. Whenever someone makes plans here, they die.
Glenn and Maggie are having a baby.
Michonne and Rick are getting it on.
Abraham just told Sasha he wants to drop his bisquick in her direction.
Abraham and Eugene had a sweet goodbye and he even handed over his recipe on how to make bullets. Is he signing off?
Could be Glenn, Michonne, Abraham or Eugene. Well, this is really helping isn’t it?
Theory 10: He didn’t kill any one.
Negan says that he was going to beat someone to a pulp, not kill them. WHAT IF NO ONE IS DEAD?!
Joking. No one can take that many blows to the head and not die. Someone is dead.
Theory 11: That Tape Recording
There is an alleged slowed down recording of the end of the show which you can hear a man shouting MAG-GIE and female (apparently Maggie) shouting GLEEENNNNNN. I personally don’t believe these kind of leaks – who is the source anyway? I have listened clearly to the end of the episode and I cannot hear those alleged screams (what sounds like Maggie is more like the end of Negan’s sentence) so I say diddums to this theory.
Theory 12: So what are they doing this year?
The actors who are currently filming other things include Steve Yuen (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Danai Gurira (Michonne). Just worth thinking about….
*ADDED* Theory 13: The vision theory
Not all of the characters have a CLEAR vision. Glenn as a ton of hair in his eyes as does Darryl. Eugene has one swollen eye. Abraham and Aaron have a clear vision as do the women of the group.
Of this theory: ABRAHAM and AARON are the most likely
My top suspects are:
And if the writers can’t be arsed: Aaron.
So after all that I am even more confused than I was before. If I had a tenner and had to place a bet right now? The Mr says Glenn. I say my gentle ginger giant Abraham.
Now I am ready for bed. If anyone has any theories/ideas/also cannot sleep please leave me a comment!