In what can be considered the biggest development in The Walking Dead in quite a while, Negan, an infamous villain in series lore, will make an appearance at the end of season 6 of the popular TV show, and we can’t to see what he has in store for Rick and the crew.
Personally, as a reader of the comics, I am both excited and terrified that a character notoriously known for killing one of the most beloved character in The Walking Dead expanded universe has a role to play. He’s a lot like Merle — ruthless, masochist and a racist — and makes even a sociopathic like ‘The Governor’ look tame!
As if the suspense surrounding Glenn’s fate at the end of episode 3 didn’t have fans talking enough, we must now wonder who Negan is going to kill and when. Readers of the comics know its Glenn, but will Robert Kirkman, along with the other producers, change things up to make the show less predictable? Most likely, considering that’s what they’ve been doing since the beginning.
Remember when The Governor killed Hershel in the middle of Season 4? Well, in the comics, it was cuddly ol’ Tyreese that fell to his wrath. Who is Negan going to kill on the silver screen? I predict it will be Maggie, Morgan or Tara.
It’s worth pointing out that, in the comics, Morgan didn’t last long and was not an important character. However, in the TV show, he’s a fully-realized badass that has undergone several transformations and received a full episode dedicated to his backstory. Now, it seems that whenever the producers give a supporting character ‘special attention’ (you know, like his own episode), it only means one thing: DEATH!
Moving on to the now-pregnant Maggie, she witnessed her husband, Glenn, die in The Walking Dead comics, leading many to believe it’s Glenn (assuming he’s still alive) whose life Negan takes. However, will it really be slippery survivor? I mean, will Kirkman allow a thing like that to happen to such a fan favorite? What if he switched Glen’s fate with Maggie’s in order to spice things up? I don’t think it’s a farfetched idea considering she’s handicapped by her pregnancy in a seemingly hopeless post-apocalyptic world. She’s a liability during pregnancy and will become even more of a liability after giving birth.
Finally, we have Tara. She’s finally found a new love interest in Denise, Alexandria’s doctor, and had some of the spotlight shine on her in episode 5. Denise was Heath’s love interest in the comics, but Kirkman figured it would be better to pair her with Tara in the TV show. Now, why would he do that? Could it be that, like with Beth, he purposely gave her screen time to get us attached and then have her killed off in dramatic fashion? Plausible.
Considering all the speculation surrounding him, Negan couldn’t arrive in The Walking Dead soon enough. One big-time character is going to die because of him, but who will it be? Maybe Michonne, Abraham or even Carol? Share your predictions in the comments below.