Those who follow regular The Walking Dead coverage know that the off-season is often full of hype about the upcoming season. Barely a week goes by without Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman or one of the other many cast and crew members of the series proclaiming that the next season is the best so far, or the most intense. Or that it will make the planet explode.
This off-season has been a little different because so much of the focus has been on one scene: Negan’s kill. When it comes to The Walking Dead, it’s all anyone can talk about, and that was by design on the part of The Walking Dead’s production team. The show, of course, has taken pains to hide the reveal, filming episodes out of order and filming multiple versions of the kill scene. AMC has even threatened legal action against spoiler groups. So far, the identity of Negan’s victim has been kept under wraps, if you ignore the baseless rumors. However, the obsession with the victim of Negan’s baseball bat, Lucille, has been so overwhelming that very little attention is being paid to what comes after.