Hardly a week goes by without someone marshaling up some evidence of a character that has been killed by Negan on The Walking Dead. Most of these theories start on The Spoiling Dead, which AMC actually threatened to sue last month for revealing spoilers. The site caved (because it would lose, and rightfully so) and they have agreed to no longer speculate about who Negan will kill. However, the site is allowed to present evidence of what’s going on behind the scenes and let others draw their own conclusions.
Up until now, information from The Spoiling Dead has supplemented several theories, but what’s interesting is that it’s not all the same victim. There are theories that Daryl dies. A flimsy one that Michonne dies. A fun theory suggesting that it is Aaron. A dumb theory suggests it is Abraham. It could have been Rosita. It could’ve been Eugene. Obviously, Glenn is a popular choice, as well (although one of the reasons it might be Glenn is total BS). Some have even speculated that more than one character dies.
The latest comes from TV Guide, which is “pretty sure” they know who Negan killed. Their theory is that it is Maggie. Why? For the same reasons that some speculated that it might be Glenn: Because Lauren Cohan has posted recent pictures of herself on social media that shows she’s not on The Walking Dead set. Like this one:
In the case of Glenn, he actually wasn’t on set for a stretch because he was in South Korea filming a movie. Of course, that doesn’t really mean anything, because characters on The Walking Dead often go long stretches without appearing in an episode (in fact, Glenn himself went a month last year without being in an episode). That Lauren Cohan was on a beach, however, proves very little, except that she likes the beach. She could have taken the weekend off. She might have had a spell with no scenes.
This season of The Walking Dead, in fact, will cover a lot of ground. There’s Negan’s camp. There’s The Kingdom. There’s the Hilltop Colony, and there’s still Alexandria. Maggie can’t be in all of those places (and since there is medical help on the Hilltop Colony, she’s most likely to be there, where two Hilltop members have been elevated to series regular — Jesus and Gregory). That means that any of the characters could disappear for a week or two or even three.
What has been nice about all these theories, however, is that nobody seems to be congealing around one person. That may mean that we go into the seventh season premiere of The Walking Dead with so many theories that no one will know for certain who is actually going to die until we witness it on our television sets. That is precisely the way it should be.
It will, however, be fun to see who pops up in the seventh season trailer for The Walking Dead when it premieres at Comic-Con in two weeks. At least then, we can rule out a few people.
The Walking Dead returns in October.