The first half of The Walking Dead Season 7 was one of the most savage seasons we've seen in a long time. The very first episode contained the brutal death of two beloved characters, and the mid-season finale ended with the death of another two back at Alexandria.
However the season isn't over and we can look forward to eight more episodes of #TheWalkingDead to fill our Sunday nights very soon. And within those episodes there are bound to be a few more deaths, but whose? Take a peek below at the six death predictions going into Season 7b, and let me know in the comments which character you think has their days numbered:
Eugene had a pretty rough start to the season, which saw him witnessing the brutal bashing of two friends after bravely going on a solo mission, trying to outwit the Saviors in the RV while the rest of the group tried to rush Maggie to safety.
Sadly, Season 7 hasn't really improved all that much for Eugene, with Rosita later forcing him to make a bullet, which resulted in the death of Olivia after Rosita first shot at Negan (hitting Lucille) and then attempting to protect Eugene's bullet-making skills. The lie ultimately failed, and the last we saw of Eugene he was being taken hostage by Negan in order to begin production on bullets for his men.
Now whisked away to Negan's base, Season 7b will be a time of potential danger for Eugene, and his life could depend on him making himself an indispensable part of the bullet-making process. Thankfully, Eugene does have the fact that he's the only one with the bullet-making know-how working in his favor, along with all his other random skills and ideas he has for rebuilding society. Most importantly for Eugene's survival is that he's intelligent enough to know who will provide him with a safe and comfortable lifestyle and work that relationship however he can. He did it with Abraham and co. in Season 4 by pretending to know the cure, and I'm predicting he'll probably do it in Season 7b with Negan.
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Tyrese, Bob and now Abraham; Sasha has lost a lot since the apocalypse began and sooner or later that has to have an effect on your state of mind. Going into Season 7b it looks like Sasha is coping remarkably well, but as the group marches to war you do have to wonder if that's because she's preparing to be on the front line of war and is willing to pay the ultimate price to bring Negan down.
Unlike Maggie, it'd be easy for Sasha to start thinking she has no reason to stay behind with Abe dead, but given how dedicated to the group she is, she'd want her death to serve some purpose. Lending even more credibility to the likelihood of Sasha's death in Season 7b is actor Sonequa Martin-Green's recent casting as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery.
In interviews when Martin-Green has been questioned about Sasha's potential death, she's only laughed off the prospect, telling EW "there’s nothing to worry about where that's concerned." Meanwhile showrunner Scott Gimple also tried to quell fears saying he "will certainly juggle [filming] for Star Trek any day of the week." But as much as the cast and crew might try to tell us Sasha isn't going anywhere, historically when they've gone out of their way to say their characters are safe, the opposite has happened, the most recent example being Michael Cudlitz on Abraham's fate. Could Sasha be on the path to the afterlife? I'd say there's a huge chance.
As soon as Gregory was introduced in Season 6, it was pretty immediately understood that this guy was a scumbag. From making unwanted advances on Maggie to disrespecting Rick and the group, he didn't endear himself to anyone and not much has changed in Season 7.
In fact, it was only recently that we learned that Gregory only became leader of Hilltop as a sort of default, because no one else wanted the job. And, faced with unexpected visits by Negan's Saviors and then an impromptu attack, it became evident that Gregory was far too cowardly to ever be an effective leader.
Given the currently turbulent climate between the communities, coupled with his cowardice, there's a definite possibility that Season 7b might result in Gregory's death. Let's face it, if somehow this buffoon is caught in the midst of a battle, he's not going to be difficult to take out. And in the end, his death would be the push that Hilltop needs to accept Maggie as its true leader.
Enid has come a long way since her introduction to the series where we all basically assumed she was an undercover agent working for the Wolves. These days it's more than obvious that Enid's just an orphaned survivor, and has found a place in the lives of both Maggie and Carl.
After making her way to Hilltop in Season 7, it seems like Enid will be making her life there from now on, which will be interesting in terms of her new relationship with Carl. Being young, it's probable the the old survivors will try and minimize Enid's contribution to the battle against Negan in order to keep her safe, however she's very much the type who wants to offer what she can, which could put her in danger.
If someone like Enid were to get involved in Rick's plan to unite communities against Negan, and somehow die in one of the initial conflicts, there's no doubt that her death would propel the storyline along. Not only would it be sad, but it would only motivate characters like Maggie and Carl toward revenge against Negan, though to be fair, at this stage I'm not entirely sure they need more of a reason.
With so many communities now involved in the show, it would make sense that a character from the newly introduced Kingdom would now be in danger more than ever. While the Kingdom has stayed fairly peaceful thus far into the apocalypse, even striking a deal with Negan with no casualties, there is one character eager to start a war with Negan: Richard.
As the first half of Season 7 drew to a close, Richard really made a stand as the lone figure within the Kingdom who was willing to stand up to the Saviors. Believing that the Kingdom has no chance of peacefully coexisting with the Saviors long-term, he approached Carol and Morgan to gain their support in convincing Ezekiel to strike first. Unfortunately, he was unable to convince the pair, and we later saw him taking the news poorly.
Given Richard's failure to convince anyone of his plan, it's possible that he might try and strike out on a solo mission, which would have a slim chance of success, but would more likely be an abject failure given the Saviors' defenses. While Richard might surprise us by accepting Morgan and Carol's resistance to start a fight with Negan, I'm not so sure, given his insistence on striking out as soon as possible.
Dwight's former wife, Sherry has been walking a dangerous line since she was introduced, and after her failed escape attempt in Season 6 she decided to become Negan's wife in a self-preservation attempt.
After Daryl's escape in Season 7, Sherry is one of the top suspects — along with Dwight and Jesus — for having aided in his escape, and there's no doubt that he will be asking questions about Daryl's whereabouts when he returns from Alexandria. If indeed it was Sherry who helped Daryl escape, there's a real chance that he'll dish out a strong punishment, and although we haven't seen Negan kill a woman yet, we know that his right hand woman Arat is more than happy to do so on his behalf.
Not to mention that we've been warned of certain characters turning their back on their leaders this season, some betraying Rick while others betray Negan, and if Sherry were killed it could be the motivation Dwight needs to leave the Saviors.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 9 on February 12.
Who do you think will die this season?