It's been a few months since the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, but the hype surrounding the controversial episode has yet to die down. Last night, Norman Reedus, a.k.a Daryl Dixon, appeared on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show and shared some interesting insight on whose fate is sealed.
When prompted on whether it's true that The Walking Dead showrunners Scott M. Gimple and Greg Nicotero have filmed multiple death scenes to maintain an air of mystery, Reedus responded:
"They're going to great lengths not to spoil it. I'll say that. It's like one of those things — you ask for it, you're gonna get it. ... It might be rougher than you were expecting. It's hardcore."
Conan's next question probed the actor's knowledge on who's going to die for sure next season. Reedus admitted he does know who faced off against Lucille, but he kept his cool demeanor — and his smirking lips firmly sealed.
Reedus's commentary is interesting, if intentionally ambiguous, especially when he offered: "You ask for it, you're gonna get it." What exactly does he mean by that? Let's discuss.
There have been countless fan theories speculating about who died, ever since "Last Day on Earth" aired in April. In fact, we did a roundup article on seven of the most popular theories that have circulated the internet. But in those theories, there are still a few characters whose names appear more than others.
In case you've somehow forgotten that nail-biting cliffhanger, check out the full scene here:
Glenn Rhee Is Living On Borrowed Time
Glenn's death at the hands of Negan is the most widely discussed possibility. After all, in the comic books it is Glenn who gets his head bashed in after that game of Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, and his death becomes a catalyst for integral plot points in future storylines. Plus, sticking to the source material is something fans are always partial to.
Redditor Cellocaster broke down the final POV scene of "Last Day on Earth," shot by shot, and concluded that the angle we see could only be from Glenn's perspective. It's a pretty convincing theory, so to look at it a little more in depth, check out our article here.
It already feels like Glenn has been living on borrowed time since his near-death experience in Season 6, Episode 3, "Thank You," and giving him the proverbial ax — or barbed-wire bat, in this case — seems to be the most concrete theory.
Abraham Ford Will Get Orange Crushed
Like Glenn, Abraham is another character whose death in the comic book has been postponed and dished out to another character. In the episode "Twice as Far," it was Denise who got the arrow through the eye that was originally intended for Abraham in the comic books.
Another extremely popular theory suggests Abraham's fate was foretold by a can of soda. The redditor Wazuh pointed out that Denise died shortly after finding a can of Orange Crush. Could it be that the showrunners are hinting Abraham may have been spared the arrow, but it's his orange head that will be crushed by Negan's bat?
It's a tenuous connection, but I wouldn't put it past The Walking Dead to be so nuanced in its foreshadowing. Read more about the Abraham death theory here.
Daryl Dixon Is Ripe For Revenge
We might not be asking for this one, but Daryl Dixon's death has been hypothesized for years. As one of the show's most badass and beloved characters, Daryl's death would be devastating. And as Rick's crossbow-wielding righthand man, it would totally shake up the survivors group as we know it.
Some fans have also pointed out that Negan might have already had his eyes on Daryl, even before they officially met. Twitter user Vinnie Gorham spotted a car in the background that approached just before Daryl blew up a group of the Saviors in the episode "Start to Finish." If Negan has revenge on his mind, Daryl is the obvious choice. To read more about Daryl Dixon's potential passing, be sure to check out our longer article here.
From a practical standpoint, Reedus also signed on to a new AMC series, Ride with Norman Reedus. Will his new schedule allow him to film the new show as well as The Walking Dead? I really hope so. The Walking Dead without Daryl is like a motorcycle without its engine.
Norman Reedus says we're going to get what we asked for, but only time will tell us what his vaguely menacing phrasing truly meant.
It's not official at the moment, but following tradition, Season 7 of The Walking Dead will likely premiere the Sunday before New York Comic Con on October 9.