SPOILER ALERT: This post contains mega spoilers for both The Walking Dead TV show and comics. Seriously – major spoilers. You’ve been warned.
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Alright – here it goes. Last night’s Walking Dead season 6 finale was only the most anticipated episode of television history (to many people). As you probably know, the AMC series is based off of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comics, and season 6 has been teasing the introduction of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – the greatest villain the Grimes gang will ever face. Last night’s episode ended with the cruelest of cliffhangers: a beloved character is about to meet their demise at the hands of Negan.
I’ve never been one to read spoilers, but after last night’s heart pumping silent credits, I jumped online immediately. Here are 3 significant plot points from the comics that have yet to happen in the television series:
Glenn’s Gory Death
Last night’s episode ended with an infuriating cliffhanger. Following the scene closely from the comics, Negan had the Grimes gang kneel down and told them someone had to be beaten to death, only to leave it up to chance with a cruel, blood pressure inducing, game of eeny-meeny-miney-moe. The episode ended from the POV of Negan’s victim, leaving viewers to wonder until OCTOBER.
According to the comics, that victim is the beloved Glenn Rhee. The death of Glenn by Negan’s iconic barbed wire baseball bat that he so affectionately refers to as Lucille, is a turning point in the comics. It’s when readers finally meet Negan and he more than lives up to his callous reputation. The gang learns that no one is safe and Negan and his group, The Saviors, are a much bigger problem than they had anticipated.
There have been many discrepancies between the comics and the show so far – let’s hope this is one of them.
Carl & Negan’s Bond
As if we could hate Carl anymore. In the comics, Carl starts to hunt Negan and fails. Rather than retaliating, Negan sees himself in Carl and decides to take him under his wing. While Carl still wants to end Negan, and he knows it, Negan admires Carl’s bravery.
We’ve been watching the deterioration and change in Carl and Rick’s relationship in the TV series, but is it enough to send Carl to the dark side?
Maggie’s Rise to Power in the Hilltop Colony
If AMC decides to bring Kirkman’s original story to the screen and kill Glenn in that pivotal moment, we’re left to wonder what will happen to his pregnant wife Maggie. According to the comics, Maggie and Sophia (yes, Carol’s zombie daughter who wandered out of the barn in the second season) leave Alexandria to find a better life in Hilltop (the community that the Grimes gang killed The Saviors for). Hilltop, Alexandria, and another community in the comics called the Kingdom, eventually devise a plan to fight The Saviors. Eventually Hilltop’s leader Gregory shows his cowardly side and Maggie steps in as the new leader of the Hilltop Colony.
Well, until season 7 premieres in October, we’re only left to speculate. Knowing The Walking Dead, we might have to sit through some 90-minute saga about Carol and Morgan before we get any answers.
Until then, let us know where you think the writers of AMC’s Walking Dead should take it in the comments.
(All photos from The Walking Dead comics)