The Walking Dead finally revealed who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed last Sunday, but new leaked video shows one of the alternate takes with a very different victim. As Inquisitr previously reported, TWD filmed Negan kills for all cast members in the scene, which fans caught a glimpse of when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) started imagining the survivors being beaten to death by Negan. But more footage of one cast member taking a beating shows that Negan’s dialogue was the same as in the first death, making it a possible alternative if The Walking Dead creative team had changed their mind about one death.
(Spoilers follow if you haven’t seen The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere)
Who was Negan’s victim in this alternate TWD universe? Hint: someone very close to Glenn (Steven Yeun.) That’s right, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) also “took it like a champ” during filming of The Walking Dead Season 7.
With the huge cliffhanger at the end of TWD Season 6, keeping the secret of who Negan killed all summer has been especially difficult for The Walking Dead creative team. With prying eyes and cameras on the perimeter of filming, Walking Dead fans reported on who was on set, and in this case, who wasn’t.
However, TWD’s problems with spoilers go beyond those fans lurking outside the filming areas. The Walking Dead has a history of fighting to keep spoilers in check, even taking legal action against the Facebook group The Spoiling Dead to try to keep upcoming plot twists under wraps. The accuracy of Spoiling Dead leaks, with a history of summarizing complete episodes before they air, indicates they have some inside connections giving them information.
So how do you derail those spoilers for the big Walking Dead Season 7 premiere and the revelation of who Negan killed? Film death scenes for every character. Or, at least, it was a good try, as Negan killing both Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steve Yeun) still leaked for those spoiler lovers.
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That brings in the Walking Dead footage of Maggie being Negan’s first victim. The video has an unexplained bar across the middle, but it shows that in this alternate version, Glenn is simply knocked out to prevent him interfering as Negan delivers two blows to Maggie. He even gives the same speech he gave right before killing Abraham.
“Anybody moves, anybody says anything, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father. You can breathe. You can blink. You can cry. Hell, you’re all going to be doing that.”
Negan even comments on Maggie “taking it like a champ” as he did Abraham. Maggie, however, doesn’t respond verbally, sort of gurgling. But then, Abraham’s iconic final words of “suck my nu**” don’t really apply.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been making the rounds doing interviews about his new role on The Walking Dead, commenting on how TWD fans are going to hate him, but also reminding them that Rick’s group took out a whole lot more of his men in their surprise attack, while he only took out two. As he told Interview magazine, “Negan just did it with some panache.”
However, Morgan said filming those deaths in The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere took a heavy toll on him, as it took 10 days to get all the footage of Negan killing Glenn and Abraham, as well as filming all of the other deaths that were used in a sequence where Rick was imagining everyone else meeting the same fate. He particularly disliked filming the part where he tells Rick to cut off his son’s arm, but filming death scenes for everyone was a brutal introduction to joining The Walking Dead cast.
“Look, that whole episode was hard, and also because I did go through and smack everybody with Lucille at a certain point. Everybody took a hit. All of that was hard. It got to the point where I didn’t want to do it anymore…. Emotionally I was completely drained—all of us were, I would imagine. Andy and I just went through the ringer. It was a hard episode, and having to get there time and time again to do these horrible things… They’re all good people, and I love them—the whole cast—so to keep riding them as hard as I was riding them, in-between takes it was like, God, you’ve got to catch your breath a little bit.”
Walking Dead fans have had a chance to catch their breath a bit since the devastating premiere, but you can be sure Negan is going to be around awhile, as well as the usual zombies and mayhem. TWD fans can look forward to the introduction of The Kingdom and Ezekiel this week to recover. The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC.
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