UPDATED: The Walking Dead-Pool: Which Character Will Die in the Season Finale?

Saturday, 05 March 2016 - 11:11AM
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Saturday, 05 March 2016 - 11:11AM
UPDATED: The Walking Dead-Pool: Which Character Will Die in the Season Finale?
The actors and writers of The Walking Dead have promised us a "tragic" season finale, and especially considering that the long-running comics villain is making his infamous debut, we all know what that means. We'll be saying goodbye to a core character in just a few episodes, but the question is: who will it be? Will the finale conform to the bloody events of the 100th issue of the comics, or will a different character meet Negan's beloved barbed wire-covered baseball bat, Lucille?

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The most obvious choice, of course, is Glenn, the fan favorite who dies a very gory death at the hands of Negan in the comics. However, Glenn's death has been heavily teased this season; so heavily, in fact, that it would be sort of anticlimactic if he were the one to go. One could argue that these fake-outs function to make his death a little bit more unexpected, but after the hiding-under-a-dumpster debacle, I doubt they would turn around and actually kill him off.

UPDATE - 03/16/16 04:11 pm

Steven Yeun was just cast as the star of the upcoming film Mayhem, which is set to start filming less than a month before he would have to get back to the set for the seventh season. This makes it look a little bit more likely that he will be the one to die (or, as fans are increasingly predicting, that he, Maggie, and their unborn child will all die).

As sad as it makes me, I think it will be Daryl. He's another original character, and a fan favorite who doesn't have a counterpart in the comics to live up to. It would give Daryl the epic ending he deserved if he were to sacrifice himself for Glenn, and for Glenn's unborn child. Plus, after making the fans so angry with Glenn's apparent invulnerability, killing off the unqualified breakout character would put their money where their mouth is, and show the fans that no one is safe.

There are a few other options, although none of them seem as likely. I'll give the writers credit and assume that it will be a character we're attached to, because that's the only way it could rival Glenn's death in the comics. Rick is safe until the show starts jumping the shark, and Carl was just shot in the eye, so it's probably not going to be him. Abraham and Eugene have both been rumored to be killed off this season, and that's possible, but I doubt that either of them are established enough characters to get this particular death.

Maggie is a possibility, since that would be a very tragic twist on the same scene from the comics, but that seems unlikely as well, considering that she's being set up for a leadership role in the Hilltop Colony. I would have said Carol was safe a few weeks ago, but the fact that she's starting to get her conscience back might be a death knell. Michonne could also be on the chopping block, because as we all know, being Rick's love interest isn't great for characters' life expectancies (but then again, Robert Kirkman has stated that Michonne and Rick are playing out Rick and Andrea's relationship in the comics, which is still ongoing). 

Morgan seems like the only other real option, as he's the only character aside from Rick and Glenn that we met in the pilot. Like Daryl, he doesn't have a counterpart in the comics, so anything can happen with his character, and his pacifist tendencies could make him an easy target for Negan and Lucille.

Who do you think will die in the finale? Vote in the poll and tell us in the comments!

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC.
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