**THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS IF YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT UP**
To most, February 14th is Valentine's Day but to fans of The Walking Dead this year, it is also the long awaited season six midseason premiere. I would love to say I am very excited for the show's return but that excitement has quickly turned into dread. The first half of the season was shockingly low on character deaths, which is a sure sign of what we might have to endure over the next few months. With Glenn's 'death' a major tease and Negan on the horizon, one can only imagine what the writers have up their sleeves. To add salt to the wounds, Entertainment Weekly released an interesting photo as part of their coverage of what's left to come for season six:
Are you depressed yet? This exclusive photo taken at a Walker Stalker Con showcases some of TWD's fallen still looking a little grim. The sad part is the fact that this is only a portion of characters who have been killed off. In case you need a reminder, here is a list of who is featured in the photo. From left to right we have:
- Madison Lintz (Sophia)
- Kyla Kenedy (Mika)
- Jeryl Prescott (Jacqui)
- Brighton Sharbino (Lizzie)
- Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese)
- Tyler James Williams (Noah)
- David Morrissey (The Governor)
- Emily Kinney (Beth)
- IronE Singleton (T-Dog)
- Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob)
- Robin Lord Taylor (Sam)
We also can't forget the loss of some of the other huge characters like Dale, Shane, Lori, and of course, Hershel.
We must understand that a show about a zombie apocalypse will result in a lot of death, it's just inevitable. As time goes on, it gets harder to say goodbye to characters that have been around for years. Although some characters had it coming, some deaths are still heartbreaking to think about. I can't imagine how I would feel watching a death scene that includes Rick, Daryl, Carol, Maggie, Glenn, Michonne, or Carl. I also can't imagine all seven of those characters remaining on the no-kill list. I have a bad feeling the writers will try to shake things up early in the midseason premiere to set the tone for the rest of the season. But I suppose we should already be worrying about the finale, according to Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie). Lincoln with a startling response in Entertainment Weekly's coverage when asked about the season six finale script:
“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script. It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.”
Cohan shared a similar sentiment:
“[Hearing] the word ‘finale’ gives me a physical reaction because it’s the hardest day on set that I’ve ever had in my life. I never even imagined that as an actor you could have that experience. It’s one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had. Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let’s put it that way.”
Fans of the comic books probably know what’s coming, but The Walking Dead has certainly changed events from Robert Kirkman’s storylines in the past. Whatever is coming in the season finale, it will come after a harrowing experience for the Alexandrians, and will likely leave everyone reeling until the show returns this fall.
Yeah, that doesn't make me feel any better! For now, all we have is speculation and predictions. Fortunately, the wait is over so we can all suffer through this together. Would anyone like to create a Walking Dead support group with me? I think we might need it...