Obvious Comic-Book Spoilers
Based on the opening sequence of tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Not Tomorrow Yet,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. Carol made cookies from acorns and beets, flirted with Tobin, and had an intense conversation with Morgan, where it is revealed that she didn’t rat on him for housing the Wolf. The cookies and the jaunty Parsonsfield song, “Weeds or Wildflowers” suggested a Carol and Morgan episode, or at least one that took place mostly in Alexandria.
However, we also know that Negan’s introduction to the series is imminent, and anyone who knows anything about The Walking Dead knows that Negan’s arrival will bring with it a major character death. It’s Glenn in the comics, but Scott Gimple has led us to believe it may be someone else in the television series.
We don’t know exactly when Negan will arrive, however, nor do we know who he will kill, and the series has taken enough departures from the comics lately that what’s coming and when is just as much a mystery to the comics readers as anyone else. However, everything that’s happening on the show right now is being colored by Negan’s introduction. Michonne sleeps with Rick, and we worry that Negan may kill Michonne. Abraham gets caught up in a love triangle with Sasha and Rosita, and we worry about him. Carol kisses Tobin, and suddenly, we’re afraid for her, because we understand how television works. Writers want to build sympathy and affection for a character before they kill that character off, because the more we love them, the more it’s going to hurt.