‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Premiere: Who Blew The Horn?

The Season 6 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead ended with a cliff hanger, just like the show’s creators promised. But who was sounding the horn? Let’s have a look at some theories.

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about the Season 6 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed Episode 1 (entitled “First Time Again”).

Episode 1 of the Season 6 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead concluded with the sound of a horn. This horn came from the direction of Alexandria and was long and loud enough that it distracted the massive horde of walkers Rick’s group and the people of Alexandria were trying to divert away from their safe haven. This meant the walkers were headed straight for Alexandria and the people there are ill-equipped with dealing with them, thanks to their time cloistered behind the walls of Alexandria.

A horde of walkers head for Alexandria in Episode 1 season 6 (First Time Again) AMC's The Walking Dead

So who was sounding out the horn, and why? Let’s have a look at some of the theories Walking Dead fans have come up with.

  • Father Gabriel. In Episode 1 of the Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, we saw a lot of Father Gabriel (played by Seth Gilliam) being pushed to the outer, not only for his conversation about Rick’s group to Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh), but because he left the gate open so all the walkers could get in. Could Gabriel just be pretending to try and help Alexandria when really he just wants the place to be attacked? Although, iDigitalTimes points out that perhaps Father Gabriel is trying to signal to the group herding the walkers that something bad has happened in Alexandria. After all, we all know Father Gabriel tends to panic when under duress and may not think about the consequences of blowing the horn.
  • Deanna Monroe. This theory is similar ot the one from iDigitalTimes. Could Deanna, in her grief stricken stupor, blow the horn to warn of danger within Alexandria?
  • The Wolves. This is probably the most popular theory as to who is blowing the horn in Episode 1 of The Walking Dead. As Bustle pointed out, in season 5 we saw how the Wolves used loud music to herd groups of walkers into trucks, so a precedent has been set for this group. Could the Wolves be trying to get the walkers to attack Alexandria?
Could the Wolves be attacking Alexandria in season 6 of AMC's The Walking Dead?
  • Negan. While speculation in relation to a casting call that could be for Negan places this character as appearing at the end of Season 6, is it possible he is connected with the Wolves? Therefore, Alexandria could interact with the Wolves during Season 6 and not meet the leader of this group until the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead?
  • Enid. There are two reasons behind Enid being a suspect. The first is because some fans suspect she is a turncoat. As SheKnows pointed out, in Season 5, we saw Enid sneaking out of Alexandria a lot. Could she have been sneaking out because she is involved with the Wolves? If so, having a walker herd going past would be an opportune time to sound a horn and lead them straight into Alexandria. The second theory involving Enid, however, involves this image shown in the Episode 2 sneak peek video.
Enid in Episode 2 Season 6 of AMC's The Walking Dead sneak peek video

Could Enid have sneaked out of Alexandria and gotten herself in a spot of bother? It is possible she might honk the horn to try and call for help. There are a couple of problems with this theory though. Firstly, would a car horn really be that loud? And secondly, Enid seems to be the sort of girl who knows better than to make loud noises that will attract more walkers.

  • Ron. This one doesn’t seem very plausible, but the theory is that Ron is so annoyed at Rick that he would blow a horn to ruin Rick’s plan. Not sure Ron would really be stupid enough to not consider the possibility the walkers would then come to Alexandria. Although, considering how little he knows about the outside world, perhaps he might?
  • Nicholas. While Nicholas was seen to be helping move the walker herd and cooperating with Glenn, he was not seen at the very end when the horn started. How far where they from Alexandria and could Nicholas have made it there in time to sound it?
  • Strand from Fear The Walking Dead. Because we can’t have a theory without a Walking Dead crossover now that Fear has joined the franchise. According to Yahoo!TV, the horn could herald the arrival of Strand’s yacht.

Season 6 of The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 2 (entitled “JSS”) on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Who do you think was sounding the horn at the end of Episode 1 of The Walking Dead Season 6 premiere? Let me know your thoughts and theories by commenting below!

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