Warning: Super massive Walking Dead comic and TV spoilers coming up. Like seriously, what comes next involves the death of a major character. You really shouldn't proceed any further if you don't want to get involved in all this.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman might have dropped the biggest spoiler in the history of spoilers, and it involves the death of one of the most beloved characters on the show.
Kirkman was a guest on Chris Hardwick's show @midnight alongside Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and Josh McDermitt (Eugene) and they were playing a game where they had to name as many “fake spoilers” coming up on the show as they wanted.
And while they mainly involved jokes, such as Beth would return as a dog who could fight crime - Kirkman dropped this bombshell:
Eventually a character named Negan is introduced and he's going to bash in Glenn's brains with a baseball bat called Lucille.
Cue silence from the stunned audience and a nervous look from host Hardwick and Cohan and McDermitt.
You can check it out for yourselves in the video below:
He's joking right? I mean, surely he's just fucking with us?
As most of you guys know, this exact scenario plays out in the comics. Our first encounter with Negan sees the potty-mouthed madman line up Rick, Maggie Glenn and a couple more survivors and gives them a speech about the new world order. He's also going to kill one of them so they know who is boss.
It won't be Rick though. Negan doesn't want to make him a martyr:
So how does he choose his sacrificial lamb? With a game of Eeeny, meeny, miny, moe, of course.
The unlucky victim? Glenn. And boy does his skull get a bashing:
It's really messy stuff.
But the question is, why the hell would Kirkman reveal this on a comedy TV show and drop potentially the biggest spoiler in Walking Dead history?
I've got a few of theories.
Firstly, he's simply playing to the crowd. He knows that a lot of Walking Dead fans know what happens to Glenn in the comics so he's just teasing us. I don't thing we're going to see Negan introduced until at least the middle of next season, so the writers probably haven't even decided if they will adapt this storyline directly from the comics.
Alternatively, this could be a double bluff. Perhaps this is exactly what's going to happen next season, but Kirkman knows that it's such an outrageous claim to make at this stage of the game that we probably wouldn't believe him anyway. So if it did go down next season we'd all be like "holy shit! He was totally telling the truth!" And we'd all mourn the passing of Glenn in shock and sorrow...
Or my final, and perhaps most controversial theory: It's a triple bluff; Negan will bash in somebody's skull, but it won't be Glenn's. Think about it. We all know that Glenn is "supposed" to be killed by Negan, but imagine if Kirkman goes down a different route. Suppose he teases the murder of Glenn's death, but instead chooses a different character to brutally slay.
Imagine the scene: Negan is playing eeny, meeny, miny, moe, threateningly pointing Lucille at his potential victims one-by-one. As he gets to "moe" the bat points to a terrified-looking Glenn. The audience draws its breath knowing what's coming next. Negan winds up Lucille for a killer blow, but just as he's about to crash the bat against Glenn's skull, he utters the word "no" and instead shifts his attention to the person kneeling next to him, bringing the deadly weapon down on their face.
And that person is Daryl.
Imagine the reaction! Not only would it be a massive shock for those watching, but also for those of us who've read the comics. Killing off fan-favorite Daryl could be [The Walking Dead](series:201193)'s "Red Wedding" moment and would cement Negan as the biggest of big bads in this universe. It would also act as the catalyst for Rick's hatred towards the man, and the first shots that lead to All out War.
What do you guys think?