The Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead has come and gone, but fans are still feeling the impact of the brutal and unforgiving deaths of two major characters, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz). Video has leaked, however, that features an alternate death scene that, according to Variety, was just one of many others filmed for the highly anticipated premiere.
In Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, entitled, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” Abraham was the first to receive a head bashing from the big, bad Saviors leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who used his trusty barb wire covered baseball bat, Lucille, to complete the horrific death. After one skull cracking blow, Abraham, bleeding and pained, rears up to face his murderer and defiantly proclaims, “Suck my nuts.”
Negan seems to like the fight in Abraham, but this does not dissuade him from literally pulverizing Abraham’s head into mush, the very definition of overkill.
Following this disgusting, but riveting display, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) cannot contain his outrage and lunges at Negan, but is stopped by one of the super villain’s henchmen. Negan is displeased and to punish Rick Grime’s (Andrew Lincoln’s) group for this outburst, Negan turns and smashes Glenn in the skull with Lucille, and continues to do so until nothing is left of his noggin.
Although the attack on Glenn was nasty and somewhat surprising, it was not altogether unexpected, as in Number 100 of The Walking Dead comics, this is exactly how Glenn meets his maker. It was just unknown to fans whether showrunners would stay true to the comic book or decide to take out another character instead, which has been done many a time over the course of the TV series.
For those people who say Glenn died because of racism; It happened in the comics and Steven Yeun told Scott Gimple not to change it. pic.twitter.com/PYzJMCO70X— Negan. (@BarbedwiredFear) October 25, 2016
In the leaked video, it is not Abraham who gets the first whack of the bat, but instead it is Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohen), Glenn’s pregnant and very ill wife that’s chosen by Negan to get the initial shocking blow.
As Variety notes, Negan’s dialogue is the same in the leaked footage, and he chooses Maggie as his first victim using the eeny, meeny, miny, moe method. After she is hit once, he says, just as he said to Abraham, “Ooh, look at that… Taking it like a champ.”
Instead of Maggie telling Negan off Abraham style, she “can be seen spitting blood” at him “before he lays the killing blows,” reports The Independent.
The Independent reports that in the leaked footage, first obtained by We Got This Covered, Glenn can be seen screaming in torment over his wife’s death and that of his unborn child until he is knocked out from behind by one of the group’s captors.
I hope Maggie and Glenn aren't killed off by Negan just yet but Glenn dies in the comics so pic.twitter.com/ijRdvLk4Gr— ☁️ (@_rabiahhh_) October 12, 2016
According to Variety, “…multiple death scenes” were filmed for the episode, “…snippets of which were used in the premiere as Rick… envisioned the rest of their [his group members’] deaths.”
This was done to ensure that the ultimate identity of Negan’s victim or victims remained a mystery to the public until the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead aired.
In fact, according to The Independent, body doubles were hired, and 11 alternate endings were filmed, all depicting gruesome deaths of each of Rick’s crew at the hands of Negan and what he called in the episode, his “vampire bat.”
It appears that all of this killing got to Morgan, the actor who so deliciously and delightfully plays Negan. He explained to Interview Magazine that filming 11 alternate deaths scenes was harrowing. Morgan said that the entire episode was “hard” because of the outcome, but also because he had to effectively bash in the heads of each and every character that sat in front of him in that execution-style lineup. Morgan noted, “Everybody took a hit. All of that was hard.”
The second episode of Season 7 of The Walking Dead is entitled “The Well” and introduces viewers to The Kingdom and its leader, King Ezekiel (Khary Payton), who has a magnificent tiger for a pet. The excitement begins Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on AMC. The Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick airs immediately after.
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