The Walking Dead is known for its spectacularly explosive finales, which is why fans are wondering whether Sunday night’s mid-season end will continue the trend with the death of a major character.
In last week’s episode of The Walking Dead entitled, “Sing Me A Song,” Michonne (Danai Gurira ) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) were dead set on assassinating Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), but went about trying to reach their goal separately. While Michonne was seen hijacking a Savior (one of Negan’s faithful) and her truck, Carl stowed away on a truck that was headed into Negan’s compound, also known as The Sanctuary.
Michonne’s fate is still unknown, but in Episode 7, Carl made contact with Negan, who seemed to want to mentor the teen in a twisted way despite Carl trying to murder him. Ultimately, the two drove back to Carl’s current home base, Alexandria, and the episode ended as they sat on Carl’s porch with Negan chillingly holding Carl’s baby sister, little Judith, in his arms, ensuring Carl that he may just kill the boy and his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln).
It should be noted that Rick was nowhere near Alexandria, as in the episode, he and Aaron (Ross Marquand) were out foraging for goods to give to Negan and his group to avoid further violence.
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin) are currently at The Hilltop, so this probably gives them plot armor, at least for Episode 8 of The Walking Dead. Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) are probably safe, while Morgan (Lennie James) is at The Kingdom and Carol (Melissa McBride) is secluded on the outskirts of this peaceful community.
Predictions about a character’s death were reinforced after a sneak peek at Episode 8 of The Walking Dead, “Hearts Still Beating,” was released featuring a clean shaven Negan with blood spatters on his white t-shirt. Thus, a major death could very well take place in the show’s mid-season finale.
Michonne is on her way to confront and likely try to murder Negan at The Sanctuary. But, unbeknownst to her, he is not there. She is a beloved character who would surely be given an epic death if it was her time to go, and her murderer would have to be someone of note, namely Negan. Because he is now in Alexandria, it just doesn’t seem possible that Michonne will meet her maker Sunday night.
Jesus (Paul Monroe) appears to have snuck into The Sanctuary, riding part of the way with Carl by hiding in the back of one of the Savior’s trucks. He is a newer character with regard to the television series, but he’s already become a fan favorite, so his death would be jarring. But, rather than face death, Jesus will hopefully help Darryl find his way out Negan’s grasp.
Could Carl be Negan’s next chosen victim? Just last month, fans were questioning whether Chandler Riggs was leaving The Walking Dead because his contract was up. Comic Book reports that William Riggs, Chandler’s father, posted a Facebook message in November about Chandler completing his seven-year contract with the show. He went on to say how grateful he was to AMC, the cast and crew of The Walking Dead, the show’s fan base, and his son for “always being 100% dedicated.” William does not say his son is leaving the show, but Comic Book notes the post “sounds a lot like a goodbye.” Chandler’s mother, however, took to Instagram after fans began to worry about Chandler returning for another season, according to Business Insider, and wrote that people were reading too much into the situation. Because Carl remains an active player in the most recent Walking Dead comic book, it does not appear that Chandler will be leaving the show anytime soon.
Spencer (Austin Nichols) is a pseudo-major character, having been on The Walking Dead now for three seasons. An original Alexandrian, at times he is a contributing member of the group, and at other times, he behaves offensively selfish. Almost every time, he has popped up in Season 7 of The Walking Dead he has slammed Rick and his leadership methods, blaming Rick solely for everything bad that has transpired involving the group and their encounters with Negan. Spencer is vocal about his disdain for Rick, and in the 111 Issue of The Walking Dead comics, Spencer approaches Negan with his concerns.
Comic Book reports Spencer says this.
“I understand what you’re trying to do… To build here, with all these people… I can’t say I agree with all your methods, but I get it… It all makes sense. Rick Grimes is not someone who works well with others. I’m just warning you.”
Negan seems to listen intently, as Spencer continues by stating,
“Rick wasn’t originally the leader here… It was my father and he was doing a much better job of it. Rick came along, with his group, and really wrecked things for us here. He’s… Well… He’s a maniac. That’s the best way to put it. He may even want to work with you, but I’m telling you… This guy cannot be boss.”
Spencer adds that he is his “father’s son,” and thinks he “can be the leader” that his father was.
Negan feigns interest in what Spencer is saying, making him believe he wants to discuss Rick and where he’s gone to forage. But, he then asks Spencer if the last remaining member of his family has any guts. According to Comic Book, Negan surmises Spencer has no guts and proceeds to viciously slice Spencer’s stomach open spilling his guts from his body. Negan then notes that Spencer had guts after all.
So, it’s a good bet that if any substantial Walking Dead character dies during the mid-season finale, it will likely be Spencer being disemboweled as he is in the comics.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on AMC, followed immediately by the popular aftershow, Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick.
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