WARNING: SPOILERS FROM THE WALKING DEAD COMIC SERIES ARE BELOW
Fans of The Walking Dead will get their fix this Sunday, when Season 6 resumes on AMC. We’ve heard from show execs Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero about how devastating the mid-season premiere will be, but until now we haven’t really heard much speculation on the finale. If you’ve been holding out on hope that we’ll see a somewhat peaceful resolution to this conflict, rest assured that WILL NOT happen. For starters, we know that mega baddie Negan is about to make his long-awaited debut really soon, and with him comes a whole slew of badness.
You see, in the comics Negan is responsible for several key deaths, including bashing Glenn’s skull in with his barbed wire baseball bat. It was one of the most gut-wrenching moments from the comics, but also one of the most iconic as it represented a change in the tone of the series that rippled through the group like nothing before it.
So what’s this all have to do with the Season 6 finale? Well, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew Lincoln said “I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script. It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.” This is the guy that’s held as a consummate professional, the rock of the franchise basically, losing sleep over the season 6 finale. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, had this to say “[Hearing] the word ‘finale’ gives me a physical reaction because it’s the hardest day on set that I’ve ever had in my life. I never even imagined that as an actor you could have that experience. It’s one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had. Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let’s put it that way.”
Those are really intense emotions from the actors about what will surely be an intense finale to the sixth season. In the comics, Negan takes his bat to Glenn’s skull, but based on Andrew Lincoln’s reaction I’d have to imagine that Glenn may be spared (at least for now), and another fan favorite may be taking his place. That fan favorite? I happen to think it’ll be none other than Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon. One of the few remaining original cast members, Dixon’s days have been numbered for a while given his penchant for wandering away from the group and his sometimes unpredictable nature. Daryl is the only character other than Glenn and maybe Carol that I can think of to elicit those types of reactions from Lincoln and Cohan. Either way it shakes one thing is for certain: The Season 6 finale will be really really good, and really really bad.