‘Walking Dead’ Season 7: Cliffhanger Theories And Hints From Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead fans are desperate to find out who was killed by Negan in the final episode of Season 6. Robert Kirkman has apparently felt really badly about his fans suffering and constructed an apology of sorts and a bit of an explanation.

Robert Kirkman is not giving away his plot of course, but he does say in his letter posted on TWD Enthusiasts the Season 6 finale is full of clues.

“And every minute of the season 6 finale was important and was setting something up that you probably won’t see coming.”

Sadly, The Walking Dead enthusiasts will spend their summer fretting over their favorite characters, watching the finale over and over, coming up with various theories and talking about the show. Keeping that social media chatter alive over a six-month break was Kirkman’s goal and fans are doing well at that so far.

“We did want you to talk. And talk you are.”

Yes, Walking Dead fans are talking all over the internet, long after the finale, trying to figure out which favorite character is dead. Kirkman won that round, but what if the online experts figure out that cliffhanger?

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Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan [Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

“The speculation, the frustration, the possibilities, the theories… honestly, in my mind… that stuff is FUN. I honestly feel like that’s something fun for the fans to do during the break. Was it Spencer? Could it have been Morgan? What about Carol? Did Negan kill Jesus?! (Note, none of them were there… I’m not giving ANYTHING away.) I know people are angry over this, but that wasn’t our intent. The idea was that after 6 seasons of the show, we wanted to stay on your mind and give you something to talk about.”

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Greg Nicotero, Norman Reedus [Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images]

Are Writers Being Pragmatic?

The Walking Dead fans might start hating on their favorite show’s creator for being so smug, but it is all in good fun and part of the experience. What else might Kirkman want from fans? What do they already know from fan responses? Were the decisions made at the end of the season set in stone? Or were the writers waiting to see fan’s reactions before making that final decision? What would be the impact on ratings without Daryl or without Glenn? It has become pretty obvious those are the characters people care most about.

The Walking Dead fans want to see Daryl and Glenn. Without them, they might lose interest in the show. Would the creators of the show risk that? Maybe, but it would be a significant and unnecessary gamble.

The Walking Dead comic book buffs already know that Glenn was the victim in the comics. The scene was actually copied from the comics, so is the victim the same? In the past, character deaths have deviated from the plot lines. Abraham should be dead already if the comic books were any indication, but another character died instead in the TV show. So, the answer is no. They don’t have to kill Glenn just because he died in the comics. Daryl never even existed in the comics, but he’s number one in the hearts and minds of many fans of the show.


The Walking Dead buffs have come up with many elaborate theories. Some have clever names like the Orange Crush theory. Described by RT, this theory hypothesizes Abraham will die, but why would writers save him for just a few episodes only to kill him off in place of Glenn?

There are also theories based on the final scene. The one below is based on counting footsteps as Negan was walking around on the soundtrack.

Walking Dead cliffhanger theories are a great pass time for the summer, but many fans say killing off Daryl or Glenn would be unacceptable. Will writers listen?

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