‘The Walking Dead’ Spoilers: Does Finale Audio Use Power of Suggestion to Convince Listeners Negan Killed Glenn?

Although it’s been several days since the season 6 finale episode of The Walking Dead, fans are still reeling over the fact that the ending was a major cliffhanger. The anticipation regarding which beloved character would die at the hands of the villainous Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his barbed wire-covered baseball bat Lucille was at a fever pitch prior to the episode. So, not knowing which of Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln’s) group was chosen to bite the proverbial dust was nothing short of maddening for many.

Whether Negan’s victim was Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Aaron (Ross Marquand), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Darryl (Norman Reedus), Sasha (Sonequa Martin), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Carl (Chandler Riggs), or Rick will no doubt be overwhelmingly discussed and argued over until the season 7 Walking Dead premiere airs around six months from now.

But, in the meantime, several YouTube posts feature audio purporting to determine, through careful analysis, which character expired at the end of the season 6 finale. However, could just the power of suggestion from this intriguing audio be strong enough to make an argument for who the victim is in this sometimes difficult to hear track?

In the finale, entitled “Last Day on Earth,” each of the characters already mentioned was lined up and placed on their knees as they obtained their first brutal introduction to Negan. In this Walking Dead episode, Negan made it known he was determined to exact revenge via death due to the number of individuals in his group – The Saviors – killed by Rick and his people.

Negan was depicted having some difficulty deciding which one of these characters he would slaughter, so he used eeny, meeny, miny, moe to make his decision. Once the choice was made, supposedly at random, The Walking Dead viewers were shown an intimidating first person view of Lucille, as if we were the unlucky victim. The skull smashing then began, with disturbing audio to accompany it, which sounds as though it is a combination of Negan’s unforgiving blows and the cries of the bat recipient, along with some of those in the group.

According to Gizmodo, the YouTube audio featuring extracted sounds from the season 6 Walking Dead finale may just reveal Glenn was the character who felt the wrath of Lucille. There are those who don’t want to believe Glenn will ever die in The Walking Dead universe because he has become such a fan favorite, and he’s escaped death on the show several times before.

But, in the Walking Dead comics, Glenn is, in actuality, the character who dies a gruesome, yet iconic death at the hands of Negan. In the 100th edition of the comic book, the scene described plays out much like it did on the show, with a few variations here and there, and Glenn is killed off, much to the horror of the onlookers from his group – especially his pregnant wife Maggie.

The posted audio asserts that possibly Maggie and several others are calling out Glenn’s name during the death scene from the show. This powerful suggestion, however, could be all that is needed to convince listeners that Glenn is indeed the character who is killed on the season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, even if it is not altogether crystal clear in the audio.

According to Science Illustrated, “When we expect a specific outcome, we automatically set in motion a chain of cognitions… to produce the outcome…” In other words, if it is suggested in the audio that Glenn is the deceased, and fans expected this to be the outcome due primarily to what takes place in the comics, then this is what we will be inclined to hear.

Gizmodo also notes that the audio may not be altogether trustworthy because the show may have “…edited it together solely to trick hardcore fans into assuming Glenn is the victim…” which may very well be the case.

Over the next few months, as fans desperately wait for the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, there is bound to be continual conjecture, leaks, spoilers, and other information posted on the internet that will claim to reveal Negan’s victim. Despite some being angry at the cliffhanger, the savvy Walking Dead producers know all this chatter will keep dedicated fans intrigued, leaving us sitting on the edge of our seats and compelling us to tune into the show in October for the awesome revelation.

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