If you think #TheWalkingDeadSeason7 and every season before it has had its ups and downs, lefts and rights, and shocking (and not-so-shocking) moments, then baby, you ain't seen nothin' yet. The comics have laid a course for The Walking Dead that makes everything that's happened so far (except this) seem pretty tame.
Stop! It's hammer time. Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead comics and TV show.
Playing Catch Up
If you've been following the comics, by now you're very familiar with The Whisperers, and the war they've been having with, well, pretty much the entire planet. Or at least every other community surrounding them. The Whisperers have lost major players from their team, and Alexandria and the rest of the communities of survivors have also lost a lot of people (including this one in issue 158...don't click on that if you don't want to know, seriously). Hell, near the end of the war in issue 159, Negan even lost Lucille.
He proceeded to mourn his loss and bury Lucille, talking to his dead wife in the process, to which Dwight and probably a lot of readers responded like so:
Jump to issue 162, and the war is over. The Whisperers have retreated, Dwight thinks his side has won, but at the end of the comic, we see how wrong he is.
Looks like the Whisperers had a few (thousand) walkers up their sleeves, which they turn loose on the communities. This is where issue 163 will presumably pick up.
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Issue 163: A Major Death?
The cover for issue 163, due to arrive on bookshelves February 1, has been released a little early. It's a variant cover, actually...meaning it could just be the artist having some fun, but it certainly raises some eyebrows. Have a look:
Rick Is Wearing Negan's Jacket. And Holding Lucille.
Well, holy shit. "Conquered " appears to be the title of the issue. So, what does this all mean? One possibility is the most likely one, that they've defeated yet another swarm of walkers. The other? That Negan may have died during the battle, so Rick dug up and fixed Lucille (or just made a new one), and donned Negan's signature leather jacket. Which kind of sucks, because he's actually become sort of a good guy in the comics.
Will Negan's death eventually be another thing from the comics that we see in the show?
I guess that's much better than the alternative, that Rick took the whole "We are all Negan" thing a little too seriously, and officially becomes a freaking maniac instead of just channeling one every so often.
What do you think Rick wearing Negan's jacket means? Sound off in the comments!