SpoilersWe all roughly know what’s going to happen sometime near the end of this season of The Walking Dead, and we all know that a character named Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will be involved. In the comics, when Negan is introduced, he takes a baseball bat wrapped in barbed-wire that he calls Lucille and he smashes in the head of Glenn Rhee.
We’ve seen that even being foreshadowed several times over the course of the last couple of seasons, including the most recent episode, “Not Tomorrow Yet,” which contained gruesome pictures of Lucille’s victims. Glenn’s death in the comics is so widely known that, last year, Robert Kirkman joked that the scene in comics would happen exactly the same way in the series.
However, two quotes from the last few months, in particular, have suggested that the series will deviate from the comics when it comes to Negan’s first kill. First, Scott Gimple said that when it comes to the Saviors and Negan’s arrival, that we should expect some “hard left turns” as compared to the comic book. Second was the fact that Andrew Lincoln “felt sick to [his] stomach when [he] read the script,” and Lauren Cohan — who plays Maggie — saying that it “took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale.”
What could be so bad that Lincoln and Cohan, in particular, felt ill after reading the script? Glenn’s death by Lucille is unlikely to provoke that response because everyone had already known about that for a few years. But what if the “hard left turn” wasn’t a departure from killing Glenn, but a departure from the manner in which Glenn is killed?