While the ruckus over the cliffhanger season finale of The Walking Dead has died down somewhat, the premiere of the new season and the revelation of who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed draws closer by the day. And as The Walking Dead is well into the filming of their new season, those cast members showing up on set at this point are more likely to be survivors, rather than filming some kind of flashback. New photos from the set were posted on Just Jared, confirming that it’s highly unlikely that two beloved characters meet their demise at the hand of Negan’s bat, Lucille.
Even as Walking Dead fans gear up to get into Negan’s story this season, it looks like another villain is coming from casting calls for the series, according to CinemaBlend. But unlike other villains introduced on the series, this one remains a bit of a mystery as it doesn’t directly match a character in the comic series. In fact, Walking Dead producers are open to both male and female actors for the role.
Things seem to get crazier and crazier on the set of The Walking Dead every day. Here’s the lowdown on who probably survived and this new character in the wings.
Obviously the biggest question on the minds of Walking Dead fans is who survived that brutal season finale and the long-awaited introduction of Negan. According to the photos published on Just Jared, it’s clear that three characters are in a scene that was being filmed, including Tara (Alanna Masterson), Aaron (Ross Marquand), and Rick (Andrew Lincoln). Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne, has also been frequently seen on set in recent days. All of the Michonne and Rick shippers are breathing a big sigh of relief, as well as the Walking Dead fans who just love those two long-term characters.
Things are looking good for Rick and Michonne, but that takes Walking Dead fans back to the two or three most rumored characters to die at the hands of Negan. Some think that Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) may be his victim, but the hints that the character death would be particularly devastating imply an original cast member. And that means the two most likely suspects remain Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Daryl (Norman Reedus).
Yeah, yeah, you’ll riot if Daryl dies. We know. The Walking Dead producers don’t care and everybody is fair game.
Rumors have been circulating lately of hints that it will be Daryl who feels the bloody kiss of Lucille, but there have also been rumors of a storyline where Negan wins over Daryl, which would make an amazing plot for the upcoming season. On the other hand, many fans still believe this is one time when the TV version of The Walking Dead will hold true to the comic book series and make Glenn his victim. In the minds of The Walking Dead creative team, perhaps Glenn’s fake death last season was a way to prepare fans for the inevitable.
Fans of the series can go round and round with these last three potential victims, but it does seem from the photos on Just Jared that Rick and Michonne are safe.
While Negan is the big bad villain du jour, The Walking Dead is casting for fresh new faces, according to CinemaBlend. The latest casting call is for a character named Brion, who will be an “educated, poker-faced leader.” But here’s the real kicker, the casting call is apparently looking for male and female actors to play the part. How’s that for keeping fans guessing? Are The Walking Dead producers really undecided on which gender to go with, or simply hiding the gender of a renamed character from the comic series?
CinemaBlend speculated that the only male leader from the Walking Dead comic series that we haven’t seen yet is Pete from Oceanside, but that his appearance comes much later in the comics. As for female leaders, Brion could be the TV series name for Magna, who leads a small group with no nickname, or Alpha of The Whisperers. Whoever the new character is, they are scheduled to appear in Episodes 10 and 12 of Season 7, with the potential to appear in more episodes.
Hang in there a little longer for all the answers Walking Dead fans as the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead airs October 23.
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