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Kirkman on Midseason – “Deadly, Unexpected Events to Unfold”

robert-kirkman-interviewIt’s safe to say that this has been one of the most highly anticipated seasons of The Walking Dead since its creation. With Scott Gimple taking complete reigns over the show, he’s made it his own – his attention to detail and dedication to the comic book source material has shown through and through. Season 5 has been pursuing some major story lines in only the first 6 episodes – the adventures of Beth; Eugene’s big reveal about Washington D.C.; the Terminus/Hunters massacre, to name a few. As we steadily (and rather quickly) approach the midseason finale, everything seems to be coming to a head.

With that, fan theories and potential spoilers for the midseason finale have been making the rounds across the web. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Kirkman weighed in with his teasers for the midseason finale, adding additional fuel to the fire.

“This confrontation is definitely going to be substantially different from the confrontation with The Governor or Gareth,” Kirkman told them of the upcoming attack on Grady Memorial Hospital. “We do continue to evolve these human-to-human conflicts in very interesting ways and this is no different. There’s going to be some pretty unexpected events in our midseason finale, which is as it should be. On scale of one to 10, I’d say [the midseason finale is] pretty deadly.”

Hmm, unexpected events? At this point, I honestly believe Robert Kirkman probably hears 99% of the fan rumors that are created – sometimes he even takes the time to respond to them via Twitter. But what’s more interesting is that Kirkman could be alluding to any number of events that fans haven’t even thought of.

As of now, fans are speculating that either Beth and/or Carol will meet their demise in the midseason finale. With such widespread speculations already going around the internet for a number of weeks, could Kirkman be suggesting that fans might be completely caught off guard regarding a major character death in the midseason finale? Honestly, I wouldn’t hate it – I would love nothing more than for The Walking Dead to surprise the shit out of me.

That being said, what do you guys think the “deadly, unexpected events” might be? Other than the obvious (Beth and/or Carol), what other main character(s) could get the axe in the midseason finale? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

Sebastian Compagnucci

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Sebastian is the lead host of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast. In his spare time, you can find him watching trashy reality television like Survivor and Big Brother.
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  • Ariel Dawn

    If it’s unexpected, then maybe Beth wouldn’t die? since it’s the most expected and anticipated theory. Maybe someone will die, but not her nor Carol. I hope she wouldn’t die and so is Carol.. and Daryl! of course.

    • Me

      I think Maggie is gonna get killed off. Maybe burning to death. Foreshadowed when glen burned her picture a few episodes back.

      • Ariel Dawn

        yeah i get a bad feeling about maggie burning her picture. It makes sense actually since I feel like maggie and beth can’t live at the same time, i feel like one of them will get killed. idk. It’s so sad to think about.

  • Jules

    Abraham will begin to “turn”, but the infection will mutate and he will retain most of his human consciousness, in addition to becoming progressively more violent. His case may introduce actual chances for a treatment, cure, or vaccine.
    Sharp distinctions between necessary violence and brutality for its own sake have been made more emphatic since Abraham, and his plot line may serve as a social commentary on the nature and sources of violence. Are walkers infected with some virulent super strain of human hyper-violent mania tendencies?
    Where dull instinct supersedes higher rational functioning and social collaboration, we judge a person to be sociopathic, homicidal. If the genetics of such rage were weaponized into a bio weapon, it could go haywire and produce walkers.
    A hybrid form of human walker could present an interesting element to the story, as it might introduce the new conflict of whether to kill those who begin to turn. Doubts as to the possibility of saving the infected could divide survivors into opposing camps – not unlike those for / against the death penalty.
    Clues to Abraham’s turning are hinted at repeatedly, with the frequent reference to his wounded hand and his fugue states of memory / nightmares of violent acts of savagery; perhaps his frequent use of his fists to bludgeon numerous opponents – living and zombie both – introduces a strange mixture of living infected blood with that of those who have already turned?
    And the constant close ups of his bleeding and bloodied fist, the emphasis on the blood, the wound that will not heal – this is the key to the disease’s morphing status. The blood is the key, his blood, his mixed blood could become a tool for a cure – if his raging nature can be controlled.

  • OnlySometimes

    I think Eugene turned (he sounded like a walker, not a human when we heard him “wake up”), and I think Maggie gets bit and dies. And I think Sasha dies somehow, thereby making Tyreese regret not letting Rick kill the hospital “cops”. Beth and Carol get out alive, and bring a few people from the hospital back to the group with them.

  • Dustin

    I think that the show will do a complete 180 and society will begin to accept walkers and they will teach them to drive go to school work and eat there fruit and vegetables.

  • Swami

    Rosita and Sasha will die. They were on the Talking Dead to say goodbye since the mystery guest will be either Morgan, Daryl or Rick next week and none of those three are dying yet.

  • Valerie J. Crispell-Sutcliffe

    Will Maggie feel bad if Beth dies and she has not really asked anything about her whereabouts or how they could find her? She was so quick to leave the church without knowing, too. Strange.