Reader Discussion: The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale

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This past Sunday the Season 6 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead aired on TV and it was quite the episode. After watching it I needed a little time to properly digest what I had seen and make peace with the fact this this season ended with one of the biggest cliffhangers ever seen in this series: Who died? There’s a lot to talk about, including many raised questions, before Season 7 begins in October.

To begin, there was an awful lot going on in this episode and almost all of it was purely emotional. This is the first episode in a long time in which we see a desperate, afraid and stressed out Rick Grimes. We have become accustomed to him being so in control and confident that seeing him in such a way now really highlights just how dire this whole Negan/Saviors business is. We also see Morgan kill a man in this episode which is now outside of his personal morality, making it a bit of a surprise. He killed in order to save Carol’s life, which makes sense, but it was definitely unexpected given his recent track record of trying to save all lives.

Immediately after the kill a couple of guys, one of which was seen looking for a horse in the previous episode, come up to Morgan and ask him what happened then offer him some help. These men are seemingly kind enough, they have matching armor on and are using spears which were made at Hilltop, as previously noted by Rick. This suggests they come from an organized group, one which likely trades with Hilltop and is therefore not a threat. So what is next for Morgan and Carol? This is an interesting question and one which I don’t have much of an answer to considering I have not personally read the comics, though I am familiar with some of them thanks to my mom, and I have no idea what to expect here. I’m hoping that these people though can maybe team up with those at Alexandria to take on the Saviors but we will have to wait and see for more definite answers.

TWDNegan-1The big showdown is at the end of the episode as we see Rick, Carl, Michonne, Abraham, Daryl, Sasha, Eugene, Aaron, Glenn, Maggie and Rosita on their knees lined up in front of Negan. After Negan delivers a powerful and generally terrifying speech about how angry he is that Rick’s people killed his Saviors, how Rick now works for him and how one of these people has to pay the price (ie: die) for the aforementioned killing of Saviors by Rick. After some deliberation he does some classic “eeny meeny miney moe” and chooses someone, beating them over the head with a bat dauntingly wrapped in barbed wire that is named Lucille. The big cliffhanger? We don’t see who he chose. That is the big question we are all left with after this episode: Who the hell did Negan kill?

All anyone knows for certain is that it’s not Rick or Carl as they were singled out before the beating by Negan saying something along the lines of “if anyone yells/fights back/etc. pull out the kid’s other eye and feed it to his dad”. We know that in the comic book it was Glenn who died here but we also know the show doesn’t follow all the exact same scenarios as the comics. For example, in the show Denise was recently killed by getting a surprise arrow through the eye but in the comic book it was Abraham who died in that way.

Glenn isn’t necessarily safe because of this but he is also not the guaranteed death. Due to this I’ve surmised that it is not likely to be Glenn, due to that being expected and therefore pointless to conceal from the viewer in such a way. I also don’t think it would be Maggie since she is in the process of being developed in a meaningful way as a character, making it silly to kill her off now. Aaron, Sasha, Eugene and Rosita dying would have little impact on the story or dynamics of the group as a whole so concealing any of their deaths also seems a bit pointless. This leaves the heavy hitters: Daryl, Michonne or Abraham.

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My money is on Abraham for a couple of reasons. He has been going through a lot of changes lately and seems to be more solid as a character. He’s happy, he has a new outlook on life and he has been key for a long time. His death would have an impact on the group since he’s a very capable fighter and a good friend. Viewers would also mourn Abraham as we have been following his development for a while now and while I’m not his biggest fan, I think his death would have an impact. My other reason for betting on him here is because I really couldn’t take it if it was Michonne or Daryl who died. Michonne is my favorite character and her dying would literally cause me to stop watching the show for at least a little while. Daryl is another one of my favorites and seeing him die would have a similar impact on me as well as the fanbase as a whole. Sadly, these two are major charterers and them dying would be extremely impactful on the audience as well as the group within the show, making them the perfect death candidates. Again, we will just have to wait and see.

None of it makes me happy at all and having to wait until October to see what happened is basically torture, but that is the way of things. Regardless of who died or what happens with Morgan, Carol and all the others we still have one hell of a season to look forward to. In Season 7 we will be back to being on the edges of our seats as the group will be scared, stressed and generally disadvantaged for the first time since their initial run in with The Governor. You’ve read my take on the situation, what is yours?

Let’s Discuss…

  • Who do you think Negan killed in the Season 6 finale and why?
  • What do you think is next for Morgan and Carol after the events that transpired around him?
  • What do you think is next for Rick and the gang in Season 7 and what do we have to look forward to?

Share your thoughts/opinions. Get loud, be heard, speak your mind! I’d love to read your feedback.

4 thoughts on “Reader Discussion: The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale

  1. I was considering writing up something similar to this for my blog. I’ve been stewing over it since Sunday. I think the majority of the fans felt the same about this episode. Such a good episode with a very anticlimactic ending. As far as who Negan killed, I don’t think Carl is safe. I know Negan said “cut the kids eye out and feed it to his father and then we’ll begin” and at first that made me think it wasn’t Carl but what if he means they’ll begin beating him after they cut his eye out? Not to mention, and maybe it’s just coincidence, there is a picture floating around of the precise moment Negan swings the bat down and there’s a silhouette on his chest that looks like Carl in the hat.

    Personally I really think it’s Glenn and kind of hope they stuck close to the comics on this one. I think they tried to set it up that Daryl might take his place but I don’t think that’s the case and I’m 99% sure it’s not one of the women. You did make a rather compelling case for Abraham though that I wasn’t thinking of. As far as Morgan and Carol I hope this means Morgan is willing to do what needs to get done from here on out because I’m sure killing is going to need to be done next season. Carol, I don’t know, I love that character so much. Her transition from season one to who she was in the last few seasons in my mind parallels the character development of Walter White in Breaking Bad, it’s just that good! Two totally different characters and paths but just really good transitions from who they were to what they became. I’m not enjoying watching her struggle this season. I really thought it was going to be her end.

    As for next season. I don’t know what’s coming. But I hated watching Rick kneel before Negan. Even though Jeffrey Dean Morgan was so good as that character and I found myself sitting there going “Omg I have to hate this guy in a few minutes but he’s so like-able right now.” I hope to see Rick’s revenge, that’s what I really want to see. We saw Rick in this episode go from cocky to broken, having all his power stripped from him. I wanna see him get back up and avenge whoever Negan killed… and if it was Carl…. I can only imagine what Rick would do to Negan. We’ve seen him bite a man’s throat, what the hell would he do to someone that killed his son?

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    • It could still be Carl, sure. I just think there is so much more for Carl to give to the show and despite most fans hating him, he’s always been one of my favorites. My mom made a compelling argument for Eugene being the one that died, stating that his whole purpose is suppose to be bullet making but he gave the recipe to Rick and wrapped up his beef with Abraham, so there’s a little bow on that if he were to die.

      I love Carol as well, she’s always been a character I really enjoyed watching. She’s grown so much, I want to see what she’s all about in the next season. I too hope Morgan has learned that while you should try to save people you will also need to kill, because as you said – he’s going to need to do a lot of killing next season.

      JDM is amazing in his role as Negan. It’ll be interesting and scary to see more of him next season. Most of all I’m looking forward to seeing what Rick is going to do. It broke my heart to see him so powerless and defeated in this episode.

      Thank you for the response! 😊

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  2. An excellent write-up! As Walking Dead watcher who’s not read the comics, my first thought as the screen blacked out was that it had to be Eugene. Though he’s much of an integral character, lately he had been depicted as just coming into his own and finding his place in the group. But he remains inept, to a certain degree. Yes, his “jaws of death” helped with the saviors once, but he’s been good at getting himself caught too. And he almost gave a sort of farewell by giving Rick the bullet recipe.

    After thinking on it some, however, I also thought that Daryl was a good possibility. His departure from the show would be terrible, no doubt, but his death would have an extreme impact on the group as a whole. And that could bring the whole shebang to a whole new level of despair. (And therefore something for the cast to work through and rise above.) Even though Daryl was featured prominently in the last few episodes, he’s been shown less this season than in past seasons. Plus, it seems the show really enjoys taking all his stuff away (crossbow, motorcycle), only have him get it back, and then have it all stripped away again. Why not strip him away entirely and see what happens? That would be super sad but pretty compelling.

    Now, after reading your article, I like the case for Abraham. Finding happiness or contentment is a death knell on this show, so there’s that. I don’t think his death would leave quite the hole as it would a more major character, but it’d still be tough to see him go. He’s really become an asset to the group.

    As for Carol and Morgan, well, I really thought Carol was going to be the one to kick the bucket in the finale. Carol is by far my favorite character, but I’m not exactly sure I get her arc this season. Or, maybe I’m just not happy that she’s no longer the “queen of the apocalypse.” (I guess everyone has their breaking point, right?) In any event, I still see Carol meeting her demise despite Morgan’s attempts to save her. That occurrence would be a serious point of realization for Morgan and another major blow to the group (depending on who Negan killed).

    I’m bad at making predictions about a show like this, but, I hope some efforts are made to help us understand the Saviors better next season. Right now they are just a bunch of random killers lead by a crazy guy. But there’s got to be more to them than just that. And I’m kinda of okay with a situation where Rick and the gang aren’t in control, or don’t know how to gain control. It’d be interesting to watch whatever dynamics come from that.

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    • My mom thinks it may have been Eugene too, for similar reasons. I think that would make sense. I agree with your points on Daryl as well. As much as I love him he really hasn’t had much in the way of personal story arcs in awhile and his death would have a huge impact on the show. I’ll still consider Abraham though, as we both know his newfound happiness has no place in a show like this haha.

      I too thought Carol was done for in this season, which made me sad because I really love Carol. I also had trouble fully understanding her arc in this season, it’s hard seeing her so distraught when she’s usually such a badass warrior woman. I agree though, I have a feeling she will still die in the next season.

      Seeing more about the Saviors would definitely be interesting. I too would like to know more about them, mainly their motivations. I really like that this season ended with Rick and the gang at a super low point. Seeing Rick helpless for the first time in forever really showcased how serious this situation is, there’s a lot to look forward to next season!

      Thank you for the response! 😊

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