Batter Up! Ranking Who Got Whacked On The Walking Dead
You've waited so long. You've analyzed the final scene of the season finale like the Zapruder film. But finally....FINALLY...The Walking Dead will make its return, and you will know which one of Rick Grimes's 11 met Lucille, the barbed wire wrapped bat of Negan, the charming yet sadistic leader of the Saviors, the group of antagonists haunting not just our main group, but their new allies of the Alexandria Safe Zone.
When we last left our survivors, they were mere shells of their former selves, left to the mercy of Negan and Lucille. Through the most sadistic game of "eeny, meeny, miney, moe" ever played, Negan chose a victim...and the screen cut to black, and millions of voices cried out in anguish.
We know that it was not the infamous Grimes boys, Rick and Carl, due to Negan's line of "If anyone moves, tear the boy's other eye out and feed it to this father". That leaves us nine beloved characters, one...or possible more...of whom won't live to see the next episode. There are nine, but there are four in particular you need to worry about...here we have the odds for each character getting the bat, ranked from least likely to most...
Though she has little reason to celebrate, the Season 6 finale marked the 50th appearance for Michonne on the television series. Yet, it's remarkable how little we seem to know about her. We got an ever so brief glimpse of her life before the apocalypse in the Season 4 post-prison arc, but nothing more. Michonne recently entered into a romance with Rick, which, as past Grimes love interests Lori and Jessie will tell you, seems to be a death sentence. However, Michonne still has plenty of story left on the series, and when the group inevitably begins their march of revenge against Negan, Michonne will play a huge part, as she knows a thing or two about seeking revenge against the warlords of the apocalypse (The Governor says hi).
Ever since playing a big role in the second half of Season 5, recruiting the Grimes gang for his home in Alexandria, Aaron really hasn't had much to do, save for a brief arc with Maggie in the early stages of last season. Simply put, if Aaron were to be the one who was killed off, we haven't seen enough of him to connect with him fully yet. This is no slight on the character himself, as Aaron has served his purpose well and emulates his comic incarnation perfectly, but the emotional impact wouldn't be there if he was the one to meet Lucille. Plus, Aaron is one of the few remainders of the original Alexandria gang, and it'd set up some solid conflict between he and Rick upon their return to their now-sieged home.
7) Rosita Espinosa
The same concept applies to Rosita. She's been with our group since the second half of Season 4, yet we've really yet to see her shine. She has mostly been labeled as Abraham's girlfriend, a title that vanished when the mustachioed military man fell for Sasha instead. Rosita was finally getting involved in more group activities, going on supply runs with Daryl and starting a reluctant relationship with Spencer, the lone surviving member of Alexandria's First Family, but it feels like her development is still in progress.
6) Maggie Greene
When I was photos of Lauren Cohan with short hair emerge, I thought for sure that Maggie was a goner. However, the show dealt with this makeover in the penultimate episode of last season, shortly before falling ill. The other deaths in the Greene family, Hershel and Beth, were harrowing enough. We're not sure if we can go through another Greene exit, impactful as it would be to the show's arc, one that would be made even more disturbing by the fact that Maggie's pregnant. However, Maggie should be safe for all intents and purposes. In the comic, Maggie plays a vital role in post-apocalyptic politics, repping Alexandria at the Hilltop community, where relations will probably be super tense. Maggie's politician role was foreshadowed at several points last season, as she worked with the ill-fated Alexandria leader Deanna before dealing with the Hilltop's snarky leader Gregory.
5) Sasha Williams
Honestly, Sasha should be fine as well. The only reason she is this high is because she displayed several dark tendencies upon arrival to Alexandria (understandably so, as she lost her brother and significant other over the course of a handful of episodes), but has since taken over the spot that Andrea occupied in the comics, serving as a deadly sniper protecting Alexandria from harm. Sasha is one of those characters who didn't exist in the comic, so there's no telling how her story plays out, but I don't see her falling victim to Lucille.
4) Daryl Dixon
I have a theory as to what brought about our cliffhanger of doom last spring. I believe that the original plan was to whack Daryl. However, producers and writers caught wind of one too many "If Daryl dies we riot!/If they kill Daryl, I'll stop watching the show!" posts on social media, leading to the cliffhanger that left us burning our TWD merchandise in disgust. What little footage we've gotten from this season seems to not-so-subtly push Daryl toward Lucille. The Savior Dwight, whom Daryl got acquainted with earlier last season, was seen wearing Daryl's trademark angel wing vest in a clip, while another clip, depicting the aftermath of Negan's bloody home run, sees Negan taunting Rick about having a "right hand man"...a title that has been bestowed on Daryl since Season 3. Daryl is another one who has no comic counter part, so we'll just have to wait and see.
3) Eugene Porter
Let's face it...we love it to death (pun certainly intended), but damn it, The Walking Dead is a depressing show. You know would add to that? Killing off the closest thing the show has to comic relief, which I think is the only thing saving the Mullet Man at this points. The show more or less choreographed his exit in the finale, featuring Eugene making peace with Abraham, passing along instructions on how to make bullets, and making a supposedly heroic sacrifice by attempting to draw the Saviors' attention away. That just sets him up to be Lucille bait. But again, the comic relief factor may just be enough for a swing and a miss.
2) Abraham Ford
Like Sasha, his new girlfriend, Abraham, broken by the revelation that Eugene was lying about the whole "I can save humanity" thing, made several questionable decisions that could've led to his death, except he never seem to grow out of it. A case can be made that Abraham's arc on show seems to be complete, as he helped serve the purpose of helping the group improve their life in Alexandria. Abraham has made several questionable choices, particularly during the whole lead the walkers away from the wall subplot in the early stages of last season, and may finally pay for it.
1) Glenn Rhee
The most compelling piece of evidence for Glenn being the victim...it was he who suffered the wrath of Lucille in the comic. Heck, the whole thing even seemed repetitive, as we went through several weeks of "Is Glenn dead?" last season, with the infamous, "He was under the dumpster" subplot only resolved weeks later. Glenn is another character whose storyline seems complete, and his death would indeed have a severe emotional impact, as he has been a part of the show since the very first episode. It would break the hearts of the TV viewers, as well as satisfy those who take comic faithfulness seriously.
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