The Walking Dead has never been known for taking it easy on its central cast of characters. Between false hope for salvation, the truth about the nature of the infection, and the absolutely absurd amount of death that has plagued their group, the show has done an amazing job of making their lives unenviable. So far,season 6 has kept up this trend by making the walkers a genuine threat once again, as well as scattering the best and brightest survivors miles apart across the backwoods of Virginia. Even their hard fought victories seem to come at even greater costs.
Only one thing could happen to make the lives of The Walking Dead survivors any worse: the arrival of the sadistic and psychotic Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). His arrival will not only raise hell for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his family, it will apparently throw the rest of the season into utter chaos.
Daryl Dixon himself (Norman Reedus) explained in a recent interview with Empire that audiences should expect tumultuous times ahead on The Walking Dead:
"There’s going to be a fight... I won’t tell you who, when and where, but I can promise you a fight. All of us are about to clash with that motherf****r. There’s a lot of turmoil in the second half of Season 6."
Those who have kept up with season 6 already know that the three most likely residents of Alexandria to come into conflict with Negan first are Daryl, Sasha (Sonequa Martin), and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz). The midseason finale saw them chatting with members of the Saviors, who declared that all of their belongings are now the property of Negan. From this initial encounter, the war will likely lead back home to Alexandria, where Rick and the rest of the survivors will have to contend with yet another threat to their existence. Based on Rick's growing aggression and willingness to do what's necessary, it seems as though a vicious war between Alexandria and the Saviors will soon take place -- as it did in the comics as well.
Outside of the conflict with the Saviors the season 6 still has plenty of other turmoil to deal with. For starters the war of ideology between Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride) officially reached a boiling point when Morgan's Wolf prisoner escaped with Dr. Denise (Merritt Wever) as a hostage. Elsewhere within the community, Rick, Carl (Chandler Riggs), Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge), and the rest are using the old "cover ourselves in guts" routine to try to sneak past the horde of walkers. Those are only a few examples; at this point nothing seems to be going the way of the survivors, and Negan's arrival will only make things worse.
All that being said, worse tends to be better for The Walking Dead -- at least from a dramatic point of view. The show works best when it keeps its energy high and never gives the survivors (or viewers) a moment to rest or think. Overall, the producers seem to have learned from the mistakes of seasons past -- particularly season 2 -- and have kept the threats rolling in at an even pace, so the central group of survivors never have too much of a reprieve from the danger. With so much chaos and turmoil already taking place, audiences will just have to wait and see how Negan ramps up the danger when The Walking Dead returns to AMC.
The Walking Dead returns from its midseason break on February 14th, 2016. Its spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, will return for a second season in April.