From Carol leaving, to Darryl going after Dwight, to Alexandria’s strongest fighters: Rick, Morgan, Michonne, Glenn and Rosita going after both of them, it was as if everyone lost their goddamn minds on this week’s episode of The Walking Dead! Dr. Denise was just murdered at the hands of Saviors and Darryl, Rosita, Abraham and Eugene barely made it back alive. Now more than ever, they should be hunkering down and preparing to save Alexandria. Instead Alexandria’s top dogs left at the beginning of this week’s episode ill-prepared and completely uneducated on who and what they were gearing up to fight. It’s clear they didn’t hear Johnny Cash’s “It’s All Over” while they were all getting ready for their day like we did (real subtle, Gimple). However, we have been promised a brutal finale since the beginning of Season 6 so it makes sense that so many key players would be at risk. In preparation for next week’s season finale, here are my top five picks of characters most likely to meet their demise:
For those of you who have been following my recaps, you know I have been predicting Carol’s death for some time. To the point where I am starting to feel slightly creepy about it. I don’t want her to die but all signs point to her: from the abundance of Season 6 screen time to her existential crisis. This episode, we watched Carol sneak out of Alexandria in a move that has been foreshadowed all season. In the post-apocalytic world, to love someone is to kill for them and Carol didn’t want to make that choice anymore. I didn’t think she should go. My Carol fandom aside, there are Saviors, walkers and threats lurking everywhere. It’s unlikely that the outside world would be any kinder or gentler than where she was. This theory proved correct when she was forced to commit mass homicide within her first 24 hours outside the walls. I must say, for a budding pacifist, Carol sure was prepared for murder, wasn’t she? Not only did she turn Tobin’s coat into a concealed machine gun holder, she stole the most conspicuous car ever to make her escape. Nothing says subtle like a drive on an open road in a big black car with spikes protruding from it. She did what she had to do, I suppose. However, this week’s episode left her bleeding and wandering in a field full of walkers with Morgan and a Savior hot at her heels. In a plot twist, I wouldn’t be surprised if its not Carol who takes herself out.
I wouldn’t have added Abraham to the list last week but this week, something about him screamed, “I’m about to die”. From his constant introspection, to his self-professed fear, he seemed just ripe for an end. Albeit subtle, Abraham has gotten a great deal of screen time this season. We have witnessed his not-so-internal struggle over his feelings for Sasha, his mishandling of his relationship with Rosita, and even his full circle moment with Eugene. In the comics, Abraham gets the arrow to the head and not Dr. Denise. Could it be the showrunners were sparing him for an unfortunate but timely death at the hands of Negan? Aside from Rick, Abraham is the sole strong male character remaining at Alexandria (I ain’t ready to go there with Father Gabe just yet). The Saviors who were killed by Carol recognized her car from Alexandria. It’s possible Negan knows exactly where the threat is, and with the strongest characters still outside the walls, maybe the threat will come in them.
I’m pretty sure the look of dread plastered on Maggie’s face throughout this episode is going to be embedded in my brain for the rest of my life… or at least until summer. From her staring longingly at Glenn in the shower, to watching with a cringe as he drove away, to having Enid cut her hair so she could “keep moving,” Maggie seems to be the only one aware of the acute and imminent danger heading their way. But, it’s more than that. Maggie’s distress seems personal, like she knows what’s coming will impact her, more than anyone else. This was exemplified by the distress she experienced after Enid cut her hair and she went into some sort of stress-induced emergency with her pregnancy. The only person left who could impact her in that way is Glenn. While I would personally be emotionally wrecked if Glenn gets it, we left him gagged and on his knees in the forest with The Saviors. It’s not looking good.
It has been widely speculated that Norman Reedus is on his way out. He has a new show in the works, yada yada. Thing is, I’m not entirely convinced. For a fan favorite like Darryl, we should have seen a whole lot more of him during the second half of this season. Also, as I’ve mentioned, I refuse to see him get it before he has a love interest, haircut and/or a shower. Nonetheless, I’m adding him to the list because he was shot at the end of this week’s episode and as much as I want to, I can’t just ignore that. I’d like to think Dwight has a soft spot for him (because he saved his life and all) but he was quick to tell us last week that he wasn’t aiming for Dr. Denise when he shot her. Since I can’t see Negan killing Michonne or Rosita, if he doesn’t kill Glen, it may just be Darryl.
This one is a stretch. Morgan just came back, and with his new prison and his “All life is precious” philosophy proving itself more and more true, it would be a shame to see him go. However, Morgan has really left his mark. This week, he was joined by Rick in his pursuit of Carol. The difference in the men’s philosophy was evident as Rick continued to kill without asking questions and Morgan avoided murder by all means. Watching the two this week, it was hard to believe I ever questioned Morgan’s tactics. Rick seemed impulsive and arrogant. Upon discovering one of the Saviors that Carol shot dying on the side of the road, he asked him one question and then stabbed him! Likewise, upon encountering a fleeing man in mid-drift armor who was searching for his horse (can you get any more innocent?), Rick’s first instinct was to shoot at him as he ran away. If you recall, Jesus told Rick there were other settlers. So, there is no reason to believe every stranger is a Savior. The episode ended with Morgan, justifiably, sending Rick back home. He told him he would find Carol one way or another but if he didn’t come back, don’t look for him. Wait, what? When he said that, I thought, oh, crap, him not coming back is a possibility? Let’s hope it’s not, but with Morgan wandering around in an open field with armed Saviors on the hunt, it may not be a stretch.
What are your thoughts? Who is on your top five list of characters most likely to die?
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