Last night, NBC aired their Red Nose Day Special in order to help raise money to help kids that need it most. A ton of our favorite celebrities were involved in the FUN-raising efforts, but for a massive Walking Dead fan like myself, there was only one skit that caught my eye, and also aroused my suspicion.
Take a look at the hilarious skit below, but also take particular note of who we do, and do not, see in the video:
Pretty funny, right? And I loved that they included Talking Dead regular Yvette Nicole Brown as Daryl's Auntie Izzy!
However, among all the laughs I couldn't help but also notice the cast members who were and weren't involved. The parts of the video involving the cast definitely seemed to have been filmed on the Walking Dead set (the show resumed filming at the start of the month), and therefore there's a big possibility that cast members included in the skit survived that massive cliffhanger at the end of Season 6.
So, who did we see? Firstly, we had Norman Reedus, Andy Lincoln and Josh McDermitt in the opening of the clip, which definitely looks like it was filmed on the Walking Dead set in Senoia, Georgia. I would take this as confirmation enough that these three survived Negan and Lucille.
Not to mention the fact that the last line Negan spoke before he started attacking the victim ("anybody moves, anybody says anything, cut the boys other eye out and feed it to his father, and then we'll start.") would suggest that Rick (and Carl) were both in a state to either have an eye cut out, or eat one (so basically, not have their head bashed in).
Next up, we saw Sonequa Martin-Green, Steven Yeun, Chrisian Serratos and Ross Marquand featuring in the line up for The Walking Dead Red Nose Day Special sequence, implying that Sasha, Glenn, Rosita and Aaron also make it out alive. Melissa McBride was also featured, though Carol wasn't in Negan's lineup.
This is a little controversial considering Glenn is the character who bites the dust in the comic version, but it would also fit, considering Glenn escaped death earlier in the season. To have him killed off a few episodes later seems like bizarre writing, even if it was in keeping with the comics.
So, of all the cast who were involved in Negan's lineup in the season finale, who didn't we see in the The Walking Dead Red Nose Day Special? By my count we were missing just four: Danai Gurira, Michael Cudlitz, Lauren Cohan and Chandler Riggs.
Straight away I'm going to discount Carl for reasons discussed earlier in the article, and also because Robert Kirkman actually joked about Carl being Negan's victim earlier this week, which basically indicates that Carl is safe. I'm also going to discount Maggie. Much as it makes no sense to kill of Glenn just after he escaped death, it also makes little sense to kill off Maggie who is already very ill, and may die anyway. Maggie's illness may have been the catalyst for the gang to come up against Negan's roadblocks, but I just don't see her being killed. Besides, if the show chooses to follow the comics, Maggie also has some great upcoming storylines.
So, I guess that leaves Michonne and Abraham, two characters whose deaths would be utterly devastating. On one hand, Michonne's death would be insane, and such a bold move for the series, and it could also make sense considering Danai Gurira is currently involved in the Tupac Shakur biopic. But, to be honest, with such a big presence in both the show and comic series, I doubt Michonne will be the one to go, which sadly just leaves Abraham.
We theorized for months that Abe would die at some point in Season 6 after his character finally seemed to have come full circle and truly develop. Episode 14 looked geared to recreate Abraham's death scene from the comics, however the writers tricked us all and instead made Denise the victim of Dwight's arrow. But now, after leaving Rosita and getting together with Sasha, Abe has even started talking about the possibilities of the future, which could be the thing that proves to tempt fate just a little too much. Once you add in Michael Cudlitz's absence in the Red Nose Day Special video, I can't help but think this has to confirm what many have suspected for a long time: Sergeant Abraham Ford is about to get his 3-volley salute.