The Walking Dead's Big Reveal May Hint at Glenn's Fate, Negan's Arrival
Spoilers for the latest episode of The Walking Dead follow!
Last night on The Walking Dead, literally nothing happened. After the breakneck pace of the first few episodes and a slower but well-written and compelling Morgan-centric episode, the sixth season comes to a grinding halt with a blatant filler episode. We don't find out what happened to Glenn, or what Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham are up to. Carol doesn't even make an appearance, which is strange, considering that her cover as a Stepford wife might be blown now. Instead, we get an entire episode that essentially serves as an "Alexandrians being scared" montage. It can be a relief when The Walking Dead slows down for some character work, but only when we actually care about the characters. Jessie and Deanna have potential, and the relationship between Denise and Tara is cute enough, but I wouldn't go so far as to call any of the Alexandrians interesting.
The only exception to that rule may be Ross Marquand's Aaron, who has been around for longer and feels more like an honorary Rickette at this point. He's one of the kindest and most honorable characters we've ever seen on the show, and as a result of his likability and his great chemistry with Maggie, their aborted search for Glenn was easily the highlight of the episode. The plotline not only gave us some suitably gross sewer walkers, but the biggest (read: only) reveal of the episode: Maggie's pregnant, a further emotional gut-punch in light of Glenn's dumb fake-out death.
Yes, technically we don't know for sure that it's a fake-out yet, but at this point, I'm positive he is. Glenn's death at the hands of Negan is one of the most iconic moments from the comics, and occurs shortly after Maggie discovers that she's pregnant. Technically, that means the timing would align with the comics if he were dead at this point, but considering how vague the showrunners are being about his death, I can't imagine that they'll pull another Sophia. It seems highly unlikely that they would incorporate this element from the comics but leave out Lucille; it's more likely that Glenn will return just in time to celebrate the baby briefly, and then Negan will crash the party. (The only other plausible option is Daryl being killed in the same manner, as that would pack a comparable emotional punch, but then everyone would riot.)
This scenario seems even more likely now that we know Negan's arrival is imminent; TSCC and Justified actor Garret Dillahunt confirmed that The Walking Dead is casting the infamous villain, and heavily implied that he will play the role (or at least is in the running). The casting hasn't been confirmed by AMC, but the role is already on the actor's Wikipedia page, so make of that what you will.
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