The Walking Dead’s season 7 trailer, which dropped at San Diego Comic-Con last week, played into the nail-biting nature of the question of who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) “beat the holy hell out of” in the season 6 finale and remained frustratingly vague on that note. But now the actor behind the bat himself has revealed a few key names that we might just be able to cross off the list of who got his lethal Lucille treatment.
Morgan spoke at Comic-Con, alongside actors Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), and Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and confirmed with a smile that the victim list from his staggering intro scene included “no one sitting here.” He could’ve been joking, to be fair, but if not that perhaps shockingly eliminates not one but two of the major fan suspects for who was/is at the receiving end of his barb-wired swing: Glenn and Daryl.
Glenn, of course, was the one whose fate was literally written to die in this moment in Robert Kirkman’s comic version of the scene, but a lot of viewers also pointed to fan-favorite Daryl as the likely victim, given his physical proximity on Negan’s left and the fact that his death would be a true shake-up, the likes of which this show has yet to know.
Rick, meanwhile, has already been signaled as safe (baseball pun intended) by Robert Kirkman himself, who revealed to The Walking Dead Magazine that the death of whoever it is will have a great impact on “Rick and the rest of the survivors … so, it’s not Rick.”
So, he might have been totally serious and just dropped a mega-spoiler on everyone (cue the maniacal Negan laugh), or he was just joking to lead everyone astray, or he was cheekily referring to the cast members themselves, who would, technically, not be the victims even if their on-screen alter egos were (which would be just cruel but who knows). One thing’s for sure. We’ll find out once and for all whose mug is now mush in the season 7 premiere episode. And it’ll probably make us cry just like everyone else who’s watched it so far.
Meanwhile, Andrew Lincoln also dropped a pretty interesting note about the show's future as a whole going forward when he revealed that showrunner Scott M. Gimple is potentially planning to conclude the television version of The Walking Dead at the same time as Kirkman’s comic series.
“The comics are still going, and Scott Gimple said maybe there was opportunity to finish the comics and finish the TV series at the same time, so that would be cool.”
Considering what Kirkman has previously said about wanting to do at least 300 issues of his comic series, alongside what producers have revealed about the show being mapped out until at least season 12, Rick & Co. may still have a long row to hoe after dealing with their new Negan problem.
The Walking Dead season 7 premieres Sunday, October 23 @9pm on AMC.