Everything We Know About the Back Half of The Walking Dead Season 6 So Far

Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 4:04PM
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 4:04PM
Everything We Know About the Back Half of The Walking Dead Season 6 So Far
The Walking Dead is finally coming back this Sunday, and considering how much the midseason finale left us hanging, we can expect the premiere to hit the ground running. The back half of the season promises lots of carnage, philosophical arguments, and the arrival of a few key comic book characters. (We're talking, of course, about Lucille.) Here's everything we know about the back half of season six so far:

The First Four Minutes




The first four minutes of the midseason premiere have been released, and they pick up right where we left off in the post-credits scene of the midseason finale. Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha have a violent run-in with Negan's crew, and by the end of the four minutes, both Abraham and Sasha seem to be in mortal peril. I doubt either of them are going to die quite that quickly, but this is The Walking Dead, so who knows, really?

The Time Frame


We pick up right where we left off with everyone, including the zombie-besieged Alexandria. 

Opening quote
"We pick up right in that moment," Robert Kirkman said last month. "Alexandria is overrun. Rick and the kids are all covered in guts trying to get through the crowd. Everyone is where we last saw them, and things get worse from there."
Closing quote


High Body Count


From the early buzz on the midseason premiere, the body count is high, even for The Walking Dead. Critics and fans are already dubbing it the "Valentine's Day Massacre," and we have some ideas as to who will meet their maker in the first episode.

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


When we last saw Rick, Jessie, Michonne, Ron, Sam, and Carl, they were making their way out of Alexandria covered in zombie guts. In the comics, while the group is making their way through the horde, Jessie grabs onto Carl's hand, and won't let go when she and her son are taken by walkers, so Rick uses his machete to cut off her arm and save Carl's life, leaving Jessie and her son to be eaten. There's a chance that it will go down slightly differently, especially since Jessie has two sons in the TV show, but it's probably safe to say someone in that family will die when the premiere picks up.


Even Higher Walker Count


The season six premiere set a record with over 1000 walkers, but The Walking Dead likes to top itself, so the midseason premiere has broken that record with a whopping 1300 walkers in one sequence. Greg Nicotero called this episode "the action movie version of The Walking Dead," which could describe most episodes in the last couple of seasons, so let's call it "the action movie version of The Walking Dead on crack."

Morgan and Carol


Morgan is becoming a contentious character within Rick's group, especially as a result of his pacifist philosophy. He most notably came into conflict with Carol over her Wolf prisoner during the attack on Alexandria, and according to Robert Kirkman, that blow-out was "just the beginning."

Opening quote
"Morgan has a very solidified way of thinking that he truly believes in that is at times very much in conflict with almost everyone in Rick's group, and that's going to be a huge part of this back half of the season," Kirkman told EW. "I would say that the conflict between him and Carol is only beginning. I would expect to see, a little bit more of that in the back half of the season as Morgan is still finding his place within this group."
Closing quote


The Hilltop Colony


With the upcoming introduction of Negan, we knew that we would be meeting the Saviors sooner rather than later, but it turns out season six will expand the world of the Walking Dead even further. It was recently revealed that 24 and Nikita alum Xander Berkeley would play comics character Gregory, who in the comics was the leader of the Hilltop Colony, another settlement of survivors that becomes an integral part of the war against the Saviors. 

Poor Coral


All of the buzz about the back half of season six has been about Negan and that iconic scene from the 100th issue, but we may have another famous and game-changing moment from the comics coming our way. An international poster was recently released, and if it's official, then it contains a major spoiler.

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


The poster shows Carl with a bandage over his eye, which clearly indicates that the character is about to lose his eye. In the comics, his character was shot in the eye accidentally by Douglas Monroe (who was gender-swapped to Deanna in the TV series) during a zombie attack. Since Deanna is already dead, another character would have to pull the trigger if this actually happens. My bet is on Sam or Ron, because they're both kind of useless.


Negan and Lucille




Here's what we know for sure: Negan is coming. He will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and although we've already met his crew (who have not yet confirmed that they're called The Saviors), he will reportedly make his first appearance in the season finale and then become a regular in season seven. The rest is all spoiler-y speculation, fueled by tantalizing statements like this one from Greg Nicotero:

Opening quote
"If you read the comic book, you know we're climbing towards a major death," he said last month.
Closing quote

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


The obvious interpretation of this statement is, of course, that Glenn will die in the season finale. In the comics, Negan's arrival is accompanied by the death of the long-running character, at the hands of the villain's barbed wire-covered baseball bat, Lucille. I want to say that they will probably give this iconic death to another character, likely Daryl, because at this point there's been so much buzz surrounding Glenn's death, even non-comic fans would see it coming by now. However, that might have been the whole point of that stupid "Is Glenn dead?" debacle, to throw us all off by bringing him back just to really kill him this time. That sounds like exactly the kind of brutal d*ck move The Walking Dead would pull. We'll have to see, but my money's on Glenn, if only because they don't want a riot on their hands.
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