Posted by Brooke Geller @brookegeller
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Brooke Geller

Being a fan of #TheWalkingDead is kind of like being a survivor in the zombie apocalypse. You find yourself forming attachments to people, but you're constantly aware of how quickly they can be taken away from you. And when the people you love die, it's usually in some horrific, brutal way. But you keep soldiering on, because you've come too far now. May as well keep going, right?

Robert Kirkman is the creator of the comics and occasional show writer and as the TV show becomes more and more aligned with the comics, it seems that it could start borrowing quite heavily from his writing techniques.

Kirkman is a cruel, sadistic man, but there is a method to his madness. The master of misery himself has revealed his personal method for deciding who to kill off next, because apparently everyone shouting "KILL CORAL" at their TVs has no effect on him whatsoever.

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While it may seem that he chooses his next victims by randomly drawing names from a hat, he's a little more methodical than that: he likes to kill off the ones he likes the most.

"You know, I don’t really have a favorite. I tend to kill those, just because when I find myself real attached to a character, or if I find myself wanting to write them more and more and steering more story toward them, I kind of realize that that means that audience investment in that character is extremely high, and I don’t want it to affect the story too much by focusing too much on that character. And that tends to make me want to kill them."

Apart from assuming Kirkman probably doesn't have a whole lot of close friends, this little insight in to his motives can help to predict who Lucille's next victim will be. Kind of like betting on racehorses. I don't actually know how gambling works, but I'm sure this is exactly the same thing.

So get your bets ready, folks (is that what they're called? Bets?), because it's time to place some wagers on who's next on the hit list. Forget investing in Bitcoins, this is where the money's at now.

Maggie

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Reasons why Maggie could be next:

  • She's everyone's favourite post-apocalyptic preggo; a sweet, pure angel. In other, worse, she's far too likeable.
  • Audience investment in her story is incredibly high, especially with a baby on the way and the question of what her future looks like without Glenn.
  • There's already one baby on this show, and AMC really can't afford to hire another 16 child actors.

Rick

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Reasons why Rick could be next:

  • The story literally revolves around him. That's a fact.
  • You think Kirkman is above killing the show's protagonist? Think again. Besides, he's already hinted about it in the past.
  • Rick's death might just be the shake-up that this show needs. In fact, kill off his whole group. Turn the story on to the Kingdom. What's that choir group all about? I don't know about you, but I'm intrigued.

Daryl

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Reasons why Daryl could be next:

  • A whole Daryl episode? If that isn't focusing the story on him, I don't know what is.
  • He's not too great at judging what might get him killed. Like lashing out at Negan, or walking straight in to a trap because hey, free motorbikes!
  • He's everyone's favourite character. Don't even try to deny it. In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment everyone fell in love with him:
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Michonne

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Reasons why Michonne could be next:

  • She's basically a real-life ninja who carries a legitimate samurai katana to slay the undead. Everyone loves ninjas.
  • Her and Rick's endearing habit of holding hands and staring into each other's eyes during long RV drives to executions is super cute! Just don't forget what happened to the last cute couple on that show. Too soon?
  • If the rules of horror movies apply to The Walking Dead universe, sleeping with Rick was probably not the wisest of moves. Apart from becoming little more than Rick's two-dimensional girlfriend, having sex in a world full of zombies is guaranteed to get you killed.

Aaron

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Reasons why Aaron could be next:

  • He's got a kindly face you just can't help but love— in other words, the kind of face that Kirkman loves to straight up murder.
  • We all thought The Walking Dead was heading in the right direction with not one, but four gay characters, but then Denise happened.
  • If the show writers couldn't care less about keeping the few gay characters alive in the name of diversity, then they definitely don't care about the ones in adorable, healthy relationships.
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More on The Walking Dead:

Carol

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Reasons why Carol could be next:

  • Her growth as a character following her escape from an abusive marriage and the death of her daughter has seen her become a fan favourite.
  • The story has definitely been "steered toward" Carol in the latest season with her deciding to leave the kingdom and go solo in her own little shack (with charming graveyard views).
  • Her baking game has gotten progressively weaker. Even Sam, who could be successfully bribed with Carol's cookies alone, eventually decided to steer clear of her frankenstein creations. Sorry Carol, you're just not that useful anymore.
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However, Carol might just be safe from Kirkman's wrath:

"There are constantly things in the show where I’m like, 'You know, the show’s Carol is so much better than the comic book Carol'. I like the comic book Carol. There are definitely some cool stories that were done with her, but it didn’t do anything as cool as what we do in the show with her."

Does the trailer for next week's episodes give us any clues as to who could be next?