Spoilers for 'The Walking Dead' comics and the Season 6 finale of the television show below.
While the internet will debate for the next six months about who was on the receiving end of Negan's bat 'Lucille' at the end of The Walking Dead Season 6 finale, there was one major plot development in the episode that seems to have been lost in the discussion.
About three-quarters of the way through the episode, Carol was saved from one of Negan's Saviors by Morgan. As Carol recovered with Morgan's help, two unidentified men dressed in body armor arrived on the scene.
One of these men was seen in the previous episode at a farm looking for his horse. In the finale, Morgan found and commandeered a horse, riding it after Carol. When Morgan sees the two men, he says: "I think I've found your horse."
In The Walking Dead comics, there is another settlement — The Kingdom — where the inhabitants wear body armor when going out on patrol. The Kingdom is stationed at a high school outside Washington DC with steel panel walls and school buses acting as a barrier.
In the comics, the ruler of The Kingdom is Ezekiel, a charismatic older man who is a close friend of Hilltop's Jesus, who the Alexandrians met in the second half of Season 6.
And as can be seen from the photo above, Ezekiel has a tiger. A tiger!
No casting for Ezekiel has been announced publicly — heck, there have been no mentions of any other settlements on the show or in the press, aside from Hilltop, Alexandria, and the Saviors. However, the two armor-clad men on horseback definitely look like Kingdom-ites from the comics.
If the show is going to follow at least the framework of Negan's storyline "All Out War," and if the show is really going to be true to itself — the Hilltoppers couldn't stop Negan, so they "hired" the Alexandrians to do it. Now, apparently, they can't do it alone — then there needs to be another settlement. Jesus said as much when he was being questioned by Rick and the group earlier in Season 6: "Your world is about to get larger."
If those two men were from The Kingdom (seems likely), that means Ezekiel (and hopefully Shiva) can't really be far behind.