It won’t be long before we finally learn which Walking Dead character dies in Season 7.
Following last season’s brutal cliffhanger, fans were left to speculate who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) beats to death with his baseball bat, Lucille.
The victim’s identity will be revealed in the Season 7 premiere, but did some leaked footage reveal one of Negan’s victims?
According to Movie Pilot, the latest footage of the Season 7 premiere debuted during New York Comic Con.
The clip features Rick (Andrew Lincoln) talking with Negan right after he beat one of the group members to death.
While Negan showcases his bloody bat, he cautions Rick about having a trustworthy right-hand man before dragging him away for some one on one time in the RV.
Apart from revealing that Rick survives Negan’s wrath, the sneak peek makes it clear that somebody to Rick’s right is the victim.
There are four likely candidates that were sitting on Rick’s right-hand side, including Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and Glenn (Steven Yeun).
After Negan drags Rick to the RV, the camera pans down to show the bloody remains of the victim.
There isn’t much in the clip to go on, but there is a beige blanket in the scene that corresponds to the blanket Daryl wore in the Season 6 finale.
Now, it’s entirely possible that the blanket came off at some point during the beating but it strongly hints that Daryl will meet his end.
The camera angle in the final scene, meanwhile, hints that Abraham is the victim. The camera pans after Rick is led away and the remains correspond with where Abraham was sitting in the lineup.
The final clue is a piece of jewelry lying next to the remains.
This could be Maggie’s ring, though the object in the leaked Walking Dead footage looks bigger than the wedding ring Glenn gave her.
According to Express, the blood on Rick’s face also hints that Maggie dies since she was close to him in the lineup and the blood could have easily reached him.
This leaves Glenn’s pocket watch he got from Hershel way back in Season 2.
The piece of jewelry is mangled beyond recognition, so there’s really no way to tell for sure who it belongs to.
Although the identity of the victim is on everyone’s mind, Cudlitz recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and warned fans that worse times are ahead.
“I find it interesting that what seems to be lost in all these discussions — we talk about the loss in the show and where these journeys are taking all these characters — I think it’s interesting how little is being discussed, almost like nothing, about what happens after this episode,” he shared. “Because there is so much stuff that goes down after this first episode and the continuation through this next season that it’s going to make people’s heads spin. I mean, it’s like, trust me, your least concern at this moment should be the season opener.”
Meanwhile, Wired is reporting that executive producer Scott Gimple was on hand during New York Comic Con and teased about what’s to come in the new season.
Gimple praised the cast for their performances this season and revealed that a new character will be introduced this year.
“There’s amazing new faces. We have a gentleman by the name of Khary Payton who plays Ezekiel,” Gimple stated.
Ezekiel is known by comic book readers as the ruler of an encampment called The Kingdom. Ezekiel runs his encampment like a king and has a pet tiger named Shiva.
Lastly, Walking Dead EP and the director of the Season 7 premiere, Greg Nicotero, suggests fans watch Sunday’s premiere with lots of Kleenex on hand in a recent interview with Variety.
His ominous suggestion meaning that Negan’s victim is going to make fans cry, but that is only due to the hard work the cast and crew have put in over the first six seasons.
“I recommend watching the episode with lots of Kleenex, and there will be a lot of questions and a lot of whys and “What’s going to happen next?” and “How could you?” but that’s attributed to us spending seven years creating characters that people care about.”
Nicotero went on to reveal just how the writers decided who was going to die.
“It’s really about propelling the story forward. I remember when I found out I was upset, and the first thing I thought was, “I wonder who else it could be?” But you have to understand that certain characters will propel different people into different directions. It wasn’t a matter of a unanimous vote, but we have a very important story to tell and we have to honor the direction that the show will go. The hardest thing on our show is acknowledging who has got to go.”
Season 7 of The Walking Dead is set to premiere on Oct. 23 on AMC, check out a sneak peek below.
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