The Walking Dead is barreling toward a Season 6 finale that promises to include the death of a major character, but spoilers indicate that fans may be left up in the air as to whether Glenn, Daryl, or one of the others will be the one killed.
[Warning: Potential Walking Dead spoilers ahead]
As Season 6 winds down, the arrival of the comic book villain Negan will finally come after quite a long buildup. As followers of the comic book know, that means impending death for one of the major characters in the Rick/Glenn/Daryl camp.
In the comic book, Negan takes the group captive and forces them to their knees, telling them that he will kill one of them. In that case, it’s Glenn who takes the barbed-wire baseball bat to the head, but The Walking Dead television show isn’t always 100 percent faithful to the comic. That was certainly the case last week, when Abraham was spared from the death that his comic book counterpart suffered.
There are many who believe that The Walking Dead showrunners wouldn’t dare to kill off Glen after spending a big chunk of the first half of this season faking fans into thinking he was dead. Viewers watched as a horde of walkers descended onto Glenn, though he ended up being shielded by the body of Nicholas and escaped.
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Show-runner Scott Gimple has already touched on the Walking Dead spoilers that Glenn could be killed.
“It’d be disingenuous of me to say, from a viewer’s point of view, that I wouldn’t be afraid,” he told TVLine. “But what am I holding out hope for? That it isn’t going to be like that? And, man, if it isn’t going to be like that, then what is going to happen? I doubt it’s going to involve flowers. The fact that he’s coming is not going to mean great stuff for Rick’s group.”
Gimple’s not trying to give any major hints about how The Walking Dead‘s Season 6 finale will end, however, telling Entertainment Weekly only that it will follow the comic book to some degree.
Let me put it this way: Whatever it is, it’s really just all in service to being faithful to the comic book inasmuch as one can. That’s always going to be relatively subjective as to what that means. But taking inspiration from the moments of the comic book and playing them out to the ends of what it can be, it’s all just like taking that moment from the book and figuring out a way to turn it up to get those feelings that it gave you and those emotions that it gave you that much more.
Actor Steven Yeun is giving fans of Glenn some hope, noting that the show doesn’t have to remain completely faithful to the comic.
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“I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
That doesn’t necessarily mean a happy ending, and there are already some potential Walking Dead spoilers indicating that Daryl could die instead. For one, actor Norman Reedus is moving on to a new project, an AMC reality show in which he’ll ride his motorcycle to different locations. Reedus hasn’t said he’s leaving the show, but many believe that could be the case.
But actress Lauren Cohan may have pointed toward an entirely different ending to The Walking Dead Season 6 finale. She noted that it was “the cliff-hangerest episode,” and Vanity Fair reported that fans will actually end the season without ever finding out who suffers the wrath of Negan.
[A]ccording to the leak, after Negan plays a game of “eenie, meenie, miney, moe” with some of our favorite characters, the camera shifts to the victim’s point of view. In other words, we’ll see Negan swing the bat towards the camera and then, after the episode cuts to black, we will spend seven months arguing over which character—Abraham, Daryl, Maggie, Glenn, etc.—was on the receiving end.
If The Walking Dead Season 6 finale spoiler is true, it means fans will have to wait months to find out if Glenn was really killed — after having already suffered many weeks at the front end of the season for the very same reason.
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