Since the Season 6 finale, TWD fans have been asking “who does Negan kill on The Walking Dead?” At New York Comic-Con Saturday night, a new trailer for The Walking Dead: “Right Hand Man” Season 7 premiere may finally give viewers the answer they have been looking for regarding at least one cast member killed by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan.) Because if you’ve been following Walking Dead spoilers, you should know by now that there are rumors that there are not one, but two Walking Dead cast members killed by Negan in the Season 7 premiere.
In case it isn’t obvious enough from the headline and what you’ve read so far, Walking Dead spoilers follow.
What Is The Walking Dead Negan Lineup Order And Who Was Next To Rick?
With the release of this latest TWD Season 7 trailer, fans are scrambling to see exactly who was next to Rick on The Walking Dead, and what was the exact Negan lineup order at the end of the Season 6 finale. To save you some Google time, here is The Walking Dead Negan lineup order: Glenn (Steven Yeun), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Carl (Chandler Riggs), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt.)
Why is that exact lineup of potential Negan victims so important, you may ask? Watch that trailer below to see Rick threaten Negan after at least one of his group is killed, and the pile of gore in the aftermath of whoever Negan killed on The Walking Dead.
As you can see from The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere trailer, the lineup of Rick’s group seems to be a key indicator of at least one of Negan’s victims. It appears that one death is someone very close to Rick, given the remains are near the path that Negan drags Rick along after Rick makes his threat to kill him. That does not bode well for either Sasha or Maggie, going strictly by physical location, but any fan of The Walking Dead comic books knows that the character of Negan in the graphic novels is not real big on killing women. That doesn’t mean he won’t do it in the television version, as the two often diverge, but one could argue this could support a very popular theory among Walking Dead fans. Many feel that that Glenn dies at the hands of Negan, and if Glenn thought Negan was about to hurt Maggie and attempted to intervene, it would almost surely result in Negan killing Glenn to set an example.
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The other member of Rick’s group that many Walking Dead fans feel will likely die is Abraham. Abraham is just on the other side of Maggie from Rick, so being closer to her, Abraham could try to intervene if he thought Negan was about to kill Maggie, or he might simply be close enough that that bloodied mess is from Abraham. The two kills theory does imply that someone may react to Negan’s kill in a way that prompts this latest Walking Dead villain to kill that second person.
Who Does Negan Think Is Rick’s ‘Right Hand Man’ on TWD?
Then there’s that whole “right-hand man” speech by Negan. At face value, Maggie is to his right, but it’s unlikely he is being literal in that sense and talking about who might be Rick’s second in command. Given Abraham’s size and how he stared Negan down in The Walking Dead Season 6 finale, it would be logical for Negan to see Abraham as Rick’s “right-hand man.”Combine that with the fact that Michael Cudlitz hasn’t been spotted much on set and some potential spoilers by Cudlitz that seem to be a misdirection, and it isn’t looking good for the big guy.
TWD comic book fans already know Abraham died in the graphic novels, with Dr. Denise (Merrit Wever) getting his death on The Walking Dead television version, so he’s living on borrowed time. Walking Dead comic book fans also know that Glenn does die at the hands of Negan and his bat Lucille in that version, and while The Walking Dead likes to mix things up on the television series, it’s looking pretty grim for Glenn as well, who has not been seen much on the TWD set this summer. Then there are a large number of fans who think Daryl dies, and one could make an argument that Daryl has been a right-hand man to Rick for quite some time.
Has Negan’s Kill Changed?
Another new TWD theory making the rounds involves a change in Negan’s kill. Now, obviously the Walking Dead writers couldn’t make a late change with the filming that has already been completed, but an analysis of this new trailer by “999 Gaming” makes a pretty compelling case in his YouTube video that Negan will pull two people to the front, changing their lineup placement. (He also has many other interesting Walking Dead theory videos as well as the one below.) Then he will fake out Rick’s group by appearing to be swinging at one, but make a last second switch to the other. As he noted in the video, this will drag out the agony of the suspense for Walking Dead fans on who Negan kills. But it also destroys the idea of determining Negan’s victim or victims based on their physical placement at the end of The Walking Dead Season 6 finale.
This theory that two will be pulled to the front before the death blows hints at a really twisted possiblity that may be what so many actors and producers have been hinting at all summer. What if Negan pulls Glenn and Maggie to the front, and plays a game of making one of them choose who dies? Because of Glenn’s outburst in The Walking Dead Season 6 finale, Negan will likely presume they are romantically linked. To pull them together, then kill one right next to the other would take cruelty to a level even Game of Thrones would envy.
It would be so cruel it might explain what on earth Rick is thinking threatening to kill a man who just beat someone’s head to a mushy mess and is still holding the bloody bat. What are you thinking, Rick? And what is Negan planning on doing to him in that RV?
One thing Walking Dead fans know for sure is that this Season 7 premiere is not going to be pretty. The Walking Dead cast members have been warning viewers all summer in various interviews, and the New York Daily News reports that Norman Reedus confirmed the gruesome deaths at New York Comic Con in a very Daryl Dixon-esque, succinct way, like the still-waters-run-deep character he plays on the series.
“It was really hard to shoot this episode. It sucked.”
Thank goodness TWD fans don’t have much longer to wait, because The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere date is October 23 on AMC.
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