Did Michael Cudlitz Just Reveal Abraham's Fate In The Walking Dead?

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As the summer months come to a close and the fall begins, there's one major thing to look forward to: new TV. Sure, premium networks like HBO have great summer programming, but by and large the season is usually pretty dry in regards to your favorite small screen adventures. And perhaps the most exciting fall premiere of the season will be AMC's The Walking Dead. With insane numbers in regards to overall viewership, the apocalyptic drama ended its sixth season with a major cliffhanger- leaving the audience to wonder which character from our scrappy group of survivors was brutally killed at the hands of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan. Since the finale aired in April, TWD fans have been theorizing which one of our faves bit the dust, and now it appears that one actor in question may have spilled the beans regarding his character's fate.

Michael Cudlitz, who plays everyone's favorite swearing ginger Abraham, recently spoke to Pop Sugar about the death of one of the supporting characters. Denise died last season in the exact way Abraham did in the comics, leading many to wonder if Abe would be safe for a while. When speaking about Denise's death he said the following:

Her death spurs on a whole bunch of other stuff, and then the audience knows that Abraham will continue for a while now. Now we get to see what a world with Negan and Abraham both in it will be like. That's something we don't see in the graphic novels. So a lot of cool stuff happens. For me, knowing that his potential death had come and gone, it was a moment to go, 'Oh cool, they really aren't going to stick with what the graphic novel does.' As a fan of both the novel and the show, it was cool.

Woah. This really makes it seem like Abraham is safe from Lucille's wrath. But after doing so much press about the upcoming seventh season, it seems uncharacteristic that Michael Cudlitz would slip like this. Let's think about both options.

It's entirely possible thatMichael Cudlitz got caught up with his interview, and accidentally let it slip that Negan and Abraham would be living in the same world. Since the two characters only came face to face in the final moments of the season, it would stand to reason that Abraham would need to survive the harrowing game of "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" so that their relationship could be fleshed out in future episodes.

Then again, Michael Cudlitz could just be messing with us and attempting to throw us off the the real truth: Abraham is dead AF. I've always personally thought the victim was either Abraham or Glenn, as their deaths would trigger a ripple through so many of the show's supporting characters. I'd love to see what Abraham's death affects Rosita and Sasha, and what their respective mourning means to each other. Plus, who doesn't want to see Eugene ugly cry again?

The Walking Dead will return to AMC on October 23.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.