When we last left the straggling trio of Daryl, Abraham and Sasha on The Walking Dead, they were being accosted in the middle of the road by the big bad Negan’s squad The Saviors, even though they weren’t referred to as such. We recently got to see them heading up the first images from the midseason premiere, and now we know we’ll be diving right back into that scene when Season 6 returns, as evidenced by the new clip below. Spoiler: safety not guaranteed for anyone.
There’s quite a bit to dig into from this clip, if you’re looking for it. First up is the possibly accidental/possibly purposeful reference to Negan’s standout moment in the comics, when the main Saviors guy says “just popping one of you right off the bat.” At this point, almost everyone knows that Negan immediately makes his warlord-ship known to the survivors by bashing in someone’s head with his beloved bat Lucille. Considering how the first half of Season 6 played out, it’s not entirely clear who will bear the brunt of Negan’s swing, but this moment might hint that it’ll be one of these three characters. Daryl’s fate is always the subject of worry across the Internet, so let the premature petitioning begin.
But that will only happen after Negan actually shows up in the season finale. We’ve got a more immediate threat here, as Savior Dude seems perfectly content with leaving one body behind to make a statement to the other two. Sasha believes she’s going to do some reasoning with him, but Abraham understands that these people don’t work that way. So while this clip perhaps teases that Sasha will speak up and earn herself a bullet, I’m far more nervous that the guy will make some kind of pervy comment about why he wants to save women, to be followed up by gunning Abraham down. I don’t want him to go down like that, all spiffy in a uniform.
Of course, it’s possible no one will die. But come on. This is The Walking Dead.
Another turn of phrase is worth noting here, too. When Sasha utters that she’s “talking to the man,” Savior Dude says that she is not. Now, he might have just been brushing her off and saying that they weren’t really having a conversation because he was the one with the weapons and in charge. But I like to think that he is so loyal to Negan that Savior Dude is actually pointing out he isn’t “the man” in a world where Negan is running things. Which would be a good way to show just how organized an army the antagonist has amassed.
Get ready to give up all your guns and napkins when The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, February 14. To see when everything else is premiering over the next few months, check out our midseason TV schedule.