Warning: massive spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale. You have been warned.
With only a few days remaining before the most anticipated season finale of The Walking Dead ever, fans have been scrambling for any information they can get about Negan’s introduction and who he might kill. There has already been a significant amount of speculation that the Season 6 finale will end as a cliffhanger, although this information remains unconfirmed at this time.
However, recently leaked audio of Negan’s introduction seems to support the theory. While there is no video portion, in this audio clip leaked by The Spoiling Dead Fans, you can hear Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Negan’s official introduction into the show. Listen to the full audio here:
UPDATE: Sorry, y’all. AMC lawyers requested the removal of the audio file.
Here is the transcript from the audio:
 On your knees!
 All right! We got a full boat.
 Let’s meet the man.
 We piss in our pants yet?
 Boy, do I have a feeling we’re getting close.
 Gonna be Pee-Pee-Pants City here real soon.
 Which one of you pricks is the leader?
 It’s this one.
 He’s the guy.
 Hi, you’re Rick, right?
 I’m Negan.
 And I do not appreciate you killing my men.
 Also, when I sent my people to kill your people for killing my people,
 you killed more of my people.
 Not cool.
 Not cool.
 You have no idea how not cool that shit is.
 But I think you’re gonna be up to speed shortly.
 You are so gonna regret crossing me, in a few minutes.
 Yes, you are.
 You see, Rick, whatever you do, no matter what,
 you don’t mess with the new world order.
 New world order is this, and it’s really very simple.
 Even if you’re stupid, which you very may well be,
 you can understand it.
 You ready?
 Here it goes. Pay attention.
 Give me your shit
 or I will kill you.
 Today was Career Day.
 We invested a lot so you would know who I am
 and what I can do.
 You work for me now.
 You have shit, you give it to me.
 That’s your job.
 Now I know that is a mighty big,
 nasty pill to swallow.
 But swallow it, you most certainly will.
 You ruled the roost.
 You built something.
 You thought you were safe. I get it.
 But the word is out
 that you are not safe.
 Not even close.
 In fact, you are pegged.
 More pegged if you don’t do what I want.
 And what I want is half your shit.
 And if that’s too much, you can make, find or steal more
 and it’ll even out sooner or later.
 This is your way of life now.
 The more you fight back, the harder it will be.
 So if someone knocks on your door,
 you let us in.
 We own that door.
 You try to stop us, and we will knock it down.
 You understand?
 What? No answer?
 You don’t think you were gonna get through this
 without being punished now, did you?
 I don’t want to kill you people.
 Just want to make that clear from the get-go.
 I want you to work for me.
 You can’t do that if you’re dead, can you?
 I’m not growing a garden.
 But you killed my people. A whole damn lot of them.
 More than I’m comfortable with.
 And for that, you’re gonna pay.
 So now…
 I’m gonna beat the holy hell out of one of you.
 This is Lucille,
 and she is awesome.
 All this…
 All this is just so we can pick out which one of you
 gets the honour.
 I gotta shave this shit.
 You got one of our guns.
 Yeah, you got a lot of our guns.
 Shit, kid.
 Lighten up.
 At least cry a little.
 You look shitty.
 I should just put you out of your misery right now.
 No! No! No!
 Stop it!
 Nope, get him back in line.
 A ll right, listen.
 Don’t any of you do that again.
 I will shut that shit down, no exceptions.
 First one’s free, it’s an emotional moment.
 I get it.
 Sucks, don’t it?
 The moment you realise you don’t know shit.
 He’s your kid, right?
 This is definitely your kid.
 -Just stop this! -Hey!
 Do not make me kill the little future serial killer.
 Don’t make it easy on me.
 I got to pick somebody.
 Everybody’s at the table waiting for me to order.
 I simply cannot decide.
 I got an idea.
 the tiger
 his toe.
 he hollers,
 let him go.
 My mother
 told me to pick
 the very best one,
 and you
 Anybody moves, anybody says anything,
 cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father,
 and then we’ll start.
 You can breathe, you can blink, you can cry.
 Hell, you’re all gonna be doing that.
 Look at that.
 Taking it like a champ.
Immediately following the last line “Damn!”, the intro music for The Walking Dead starts to play. Which has led to many interesting theories about the placement of this scene (see below).
Now compare this to his comic book intro:
When comparing this transcript to the actual comic book scene, there is a significant lack of gender definition. Important moments denoting the gender of the victim are intentionally left out – specifically the line “He’s taking it like a champ” has been replaced with “Taking it like a champ.” Additionally, after the “it” selection of eeny, meeny, miney, mo, Negan shouts “Bring him up” in the comics. That part has also been left out the scene.
Essentially what it comes down to is that it appears whoever Negan kills in the finale may be left as a cliffhanger until Season 7. As you may have noticed, The Walking Dead has already used first person perspective shots in multiple scenes throughout Season 6. Additionally, previous leaked footage of Negan’s introduction showed a first person perspective shot being filmed.
You can clearly here in the footage, once the first bat swing occurs, a high pitched ringing noise, which would imply that the viewer is watching from the perspective of the person being hit. Then after a few more smashes by Negan and screams from Rick’s group, the episode sounds like it ends – which would imply a cliffhanger.
Interesting theories worth noting from Reddit user TheDidact118:
After listening to the audio and comparing it to the original, what are your thoughts? Would you be angry with a cliffhanger ending? Is there any instance where a cliffhanger would be okay? Sound off in the comments section below.
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