The Walking Dead‘s season six finale has a lot of people feeling upset and obsessed at the same time. We all hated how it ended with no payoff and no way to tell who died. Or did it? There’s a lot of people on the internet who want to believe AMC wouldn’t do this to us, and there must be clues hidden Zapruder-style in the final scene that reveal who Negan killed with his baseball bat Lucille.
Up until this point, a lot of people have been trying to decode who died using the hilarious “Eenie Meenie miny moe” method, which tries to make sense of the order Negan points his bat at people and then finishing the nursery rhyme to completion using that pattern. The problem with this method is there’s a point where there’s multiple quick cuts of Lucille pointed at a bunch of random people out of order. So everything becomes guesswork, and we’re no closer to a definitive answer on who dies at the end of the episode.
Then there’s the group of people who are trying to use environmental clues to pinpoint where Negan was standing or whose first person perspective we were seeing when they got the bat. YouTuber BeforeISleepFilms increased the brightness on the entire scene and identified a couple of unique features in front of the person getting Lucille’d. They get hit with the bat, their head goes down and to the left, and we see two rocks.
Cutting back to the wide shot of all our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors kneeling in front of Negan, and you’ll see two similar looking rocks in front of Glenn.
This also matches up with other people who have noted that the person who was Lucille’d doesn’t see the RV behind Negan… and based on where Glenn is in line, he wouldn’t see the RV.
So! A decent amount of evidence that points to Glenn being the one who dies. But before we end, let’s raise some doubts about this. When the POV person gets hit with the bat, their head comes up and based on brightened video in the background, we see only trees. Based on the other shots of this scene, Glenn should have been able to see some of the Saviors and a truck in the background, but he didn’t.
What does this point to? A continuity error? Maybe. Or was the scene shot in a purposefully ambiguous manner so as not to give any legitimate clue as to who died? We learned from Glenn’s previous ‘death’ that the show isn’t above showing us one thing when another is actually happening. This time they may have just filmed a generic death with no meaningful hints so no one can figure out who died before next season’s premiere.
Which makes all this obsessing over the finale footage… a completely useless and foolish endeavor?