For months, fans have been speculating who Negan would kill when he was introduced in the Season 6 finale. But only last week, rumors dropped that the season might end in a cliffhanger. While some believed that it was AMC’s way of preventing a leak of a major character’s death (and that we would see an actual death in the final cut), it turns out that the cliffhanger rumors were true.
Upon his entrance, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan, performed his iconic “eenie, meenie, miney, moe” monologue from the comics. However, as soon as Negan selects his victim, the camera pans to first person perspective before Lucille’s victim is revealed. The scene ends by fading to black, with only shrieks to be heard in the background.
As expected, the cliff hanger has infuriated fans. Not only did we not see who Negan killed, but we will also have to wait until October to find out, which many have argued ruins the suspense of the death.
On The Talking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple both stated that the purpose of this finale was to “beat Rick down”, with the death to be revealed to propel the story forward in Season 7. Which, we argue, could have been done either way.
Additionally, Kirkman also stated that “there are clues” to who was killed by Negan, but didn’t specify further. With all the news surrounding the actors saying that they were physically ill from reading the Season 6 finale script, it’s hard to really believe anything anyone associated with the show says anymore. What exactly made the actors sick from that finale? According to Chandler Riggs, the actors don’t even know who died either.
if it makes you feel any better i still don’t know who got killed and it’s been like 6 months since i read the script #whoisit
— chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 4, 2016
So this leaves us with the question: who did Negan kill? And while Kirkman claims there are clues in the episode, it’s highly unlikely the writers even know at this point who will end up dead in the Season 7 premiere. Feel free to speculate in the comments section below while we take a nap until October.