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The Walking Dead's Season 7 premiere is so close, and yet so far. Since last season's finale in April, fans haven't stopped discussing, theorizing, and kvetching about the ending. In an otherwise spectacular and tense episode, a cliffhanger (which surprised no one) sent the internet into a frenzy that hasn't stopped in the months following. The final moments of the finale saw Jeffrey Dean Morgan's first appearance as the villainous Negan, and we watched as he savagely murdered one of the main characters. But who died? That's the question we've been asking since, and Morgan recently insinuated that he may have killed more than one character during the premiere, saying "Negan's not just going to kill one person".
That's not what I said. I did an interview with this guy and I was talking about Negan's arc and what he does in the course of being Negan on The Walking Dead. Instead of talking about the one person Negan kills---because Negan kills a lot more than one person on the lineup. And somehow he pieced that all together in such a way that it turned into the article that he wrote. It was to get people fired up. Negan does kill a lot of people in the next couple of years. Before we even meet him he's killed a lot of people. Negan's been around for a long time.
Interesting. I'm not sure if I'm buying what Jeffrey Dean Morgan is selling, but let's explore both sides of the argument.
It's entirely possible that Jeffrey Dean Morgan just misspoke and caused the internet to explode. This is actually perfectly plausible, as Morgan is a busy actor who does a ton of press junkets and interviews regularly. He's presumably been asked about The Walking Dead in every interview for the past year, and it can be both frustrating and exhausting. He hadn't hinted at killing two characters previously, so it might be that he got his words mixed up and said the wrong thing.
Then there's the more popular opinion: he totally let it slip and Negan is going to take Lucille to two characters' faces during the Season 7 premiere. I've personally been predicting this for quite some time, as it would be a great way to surprise an audience that otherwise has pretty much seen it all. Everyone's been debating which character is likely to die, when they should have been thinking about the multiple characters in danger. My prediction is that the first victim (probably Glenn) gets killed by Negan, and then our buddy Abraham either tries to save them or intervene in some way. In the finale, Negan warned them all not to move or try anything, but Abe seemed ready to rumble.
Do you think Jeffrey Dean Morgan misspoke? Or are there a bunch of character deaths coming to The Walking Dead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. The Waking Dead will return to AMC on Sunday, October 23rd.