Possible spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere are below.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has been known for keeping his tongue firmly in cheek when making grand statements about plot spoilers in the past, but it's generally known when he's just bullshitting people. The stars are usually much more reserved and deflective when talking about such things, and so it was particularly shocking when Jeffrey Dean Morgan dropped a potentially huge clue during Comic-Con about who Negan's Season 7 victim definitely won't be: Rick, Glenn or Daryl.
For an interview with Kevin Smith for IMDb News, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln had barely gotten comfortable when Smith asked the group to confirm that the three veteran show actors were unkillable, to which Reedus pointed a finger to Morgan. And when Lincoln asked the newest cast member, "Who did you kill, if indeed anyone?" Morgan thought for a second and responded with "No one sitting here!" And then everyone smiled as Smith yelled out "Spoiler!"
So now, the obvious concern is whether or not Jeffrey Dean Morgan was being serious when he uttered those words. They way he and Lincoln reacted made it seem like there was some technicality cleverly being met with the answer that made it legitimately correct. As in, he beats Glenn's head into the ground in the Season 7 premiere, but it's actually choking on blood and dirt that "kills" Glenn. It's definitely sneaky, but I actually prefer a word puzzle of an answer instead of someone pithily pleading the fifth.
If he is telling the truth, though, there are eight other characters that could possibly get clubbed to death. (And we already knew Rick wasn't going down anyway, nor Carl.) This would easily open the door for Abraham to catch up to his comic book fate, and considering how much actor Michael Cudlitz spoke during the Walking Dead's Comic-Con press conference about Abraham finding something to live for in Season 6, all that's left to uncover is the smoking gun. Or the dripping bat, as it were. Plus, this could still match up with my hopes that the premiere goes off the deep end by killing off both Abraham and Glenn, since Glenn could still meet his maker outside of Negan's barb wired-influence.
Of course, there's that other solution to this that involves Jeffrey Dean Morgan's toothy smile being far more indicative of his true intentions than any attempts at honesty. You just can't trust anyone when talking about Walking Dead spoilers. Well, at least anyone involved with the show.
See for yourself how Morgan answered this question and let us know if you think he was full of shit or not.
The Walking Dead will return for Season 7 on AMC on Sunday, October 23. To see everything else hitting your TV screens later this year, check out our fall premiere schedule.