‘The Walking Dead’: If Daryl Dies, We Riot!

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Who’s It Gonna Be?

PREVIOUSLY ON AMC’S THE WALKING DEAD…

The end of season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead saw the newest bad-guy, Negan, beating ‘the holy hell’ out of one of our beloved characters. Season 7 Episode 1 of The Walking Dead is released tomorrow (23.10.16), so it’s nearly time for the victim to be revealed and we can finally be put out of our long-term misery! I’m taking one last one guess at who it could be from all the TWD fan theories, trailers and sneak peeks!

Taking It Like A Champ!

One of the few coherent phrases we hear during the unfortunate head-bashing is Negan saying that the victim is taking the beating ‘like a champ’. I think this rules out a few options of unfortunate victims, as characters such as Maggie and Eugene hardly seem in the right mental state to be ‘taking it like a champ’. Perhaps Carl is the unexpected youngster taking the brutality like a man, although I’d think Rick wouldn’t be so calm if Carl were to be subject to Negan‘s baseball bat, Lucille. It seems as though some of the bigger boys of the group may be the ones gritting their teeth through the pain on this one.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan

Who Was In The Back of The Van?

Throughout the entirety of the last episode, many random pauses in the action showed character viewpoints from the back of a van. As the death at the end was filmed in a POV manner, spot-on cinematography would (arguably) dictate that this POV should come from one of the characters who was previously in the back of the van. This narrows us down to Daryl, Glenn, Michonne or Rosita and in my opinion, it doesn’t look as good for the male members of this quartet!

The Right-Hand Man

A recently released TWD sneak peek showed us Negan and Rick facing-off seemingly moments after the evil deed has been done!


During his taunts to Rick, Negan makes many references to Rick‘s right-hand man. This could be his literal right hand, his hatchet (his weapon of choice) or perhaps one of his closer male allies in the group. For me, this has to refer to Glenn, Daryl or Abraham, all Rick‘s dependable deputies whose deaths would devastate the group.

Who’s Slipped Under The Radar…?

With some of the bigger characters names such as Glenn and Daryl being thrown around as the most likely victims, some names have barely been brought up in the discussion. Aaron, Sasha and Rosita are all pretty mute characters in all of the Negan victim fan theories, and Eugene and Carl seem to have been brushed aside. However, when it comes down to it, no one is safe! We could lose one, two or even three big Walking Dead favourites with one swoop of Negan‘s baseball bat.

My Verdict – If Daryl Dies, We Riot!

I think that a lot of Negan victim fan theories seem to point at Norman Reedus’s character, Daryl Dixon, but I’m not having any of it! Yes, it could be his blanket at the end of the sneak peek clip, it could be his POV camera angle and it could be Rick‘s right-hand man, but I’m not ready to say goodbye to one of the show’s best characters! I think Daryl has far too much left to do before he bows out and I’m joining the outcries of the internet saying that Daryl is not the right man to go!

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Not Daryl, Please Not Daryl!

Therefore, it pains me to say it, but it could be Glenn Rhee on his way out of AMC’s The Walking Dead. It is how it happens in the comics, and I think the outcome of most the theories I have found all culminate in his death. Glenn has been through some tough scrapes and has been one of my favourites throughout, but I just can’t shake the feeling that he’s the one to go! Poor Maggie.

The End is Nigh!

I will 100% be tuning into Fox UK tomorrow night at 9pm to watch the start of The Walking Dead season 7, and hopefully, all of our questions will finally be answered!

You’ll surely have a written response from me after all has been revealed, but until then… have you got any last thoughts on who is Negan‘s unfortunate victim? Is there more than one? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

If not feeling ready enough yet, here’s another look at the SDCC trailer for Season 7 of The Walking Dead:

All GIFs sourced on GIPHY.

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