It's been a little over a week since The Walking Dead's Season 6 finale episode "Last Day on Earth," but fans are still talking about Jeffrey Dean Morgan's long-awaited arrival and reeling over the show's shocking cliffhanger. After months of mounting tension and promises of a major character death, audiences were shocked when the episode ended with a first-person perspective of Negan's victim being bashed by Lucille.
Since the episode aired, there has been a glut of backlash aimed at director Greg Nicotero and writer Scott M. Gimple for their decision to leave fans guessing until the Season 7 premiere in October.
During a screening of the episode (via Variety), moderator Paul Feig asked Gimple about his obligation to stay true to the source material and how that affected their process in choosing which character would die, and the criticism toward their decision.
As we all (hopefully) know, it's Glenn who faced Negan's barbwire-wrapped bat in the comic books, but from the final aggravating shot in "Last Day on Earth," it could have been anyone of the gang on the receiving end of Lucille. Gimple told Feig:
“We never intend to f— with people. You all just saw the episode and I want to go on record and say we were not trying to f— with you.
“We have 153 issues of story to draw from. I think it’s an amazing thing to have that as a basis. We may be remixing it, enhancing it, emphasizing parts of it, but I feel it only makes the tapestry richer. It is the story from the book but we are doing it in different ways.”
We'll have to sit patiently for six months before we know how true they stayed to the comic books, but I think it will be worth wait. In the meantime, there are a handful of interesting fan theories making their way around the internet, pinpointing who is leaving The Walking Dead for good.
'The Walking Dead' will return to AMC on October 9.
Who do you think Negan killed on the season finale of 'The Walking Dead'?