“The Walking Dead” ended its sixth season with a bang — or a thud, rather — with the introduction of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire he calls Lucille. The season finale came to a close with Negan smashing the bat down on somebody’s head, beating them to death — but who?
In an attempt to be tricky with its deaths, the show has again toyed with fans — we’ve lost count on how many times that’s happened this season — and left things murky for the long break until Season 7 premieres. Strangely, not putting a face to whoever was killed takes away a lot of the episode’s impact.
In a season where both Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) were the subject of fake deaths meant to fool fans, now was the time to put an actual face on loss for “The Walking Dead.” Instead, you’ll have to wait months to find out exactly who had their skull caved in.
Luckily, there are some conclusions to draw. It’s reasonable to say at least four people from the group you know and love are safe from Lucille at this point.
First and foremost, Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) aren’t currently being held by the Saviors. They’re off on their own adventure, keeping them free and clear of Negan for the time being. While it certainly seemed earlier in Season 6 like Carol was being prepared to be led to slaughter, she survives yet again — she’s Teflon, what else would you expect?
Now, when it comes to the group Negan is holding hostage, he says something rather interesting upon finding his target. “If anybody moves, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father,” he declares. That seemingly saves Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs).
What you may have missed is that it clears somebody else, though. When Negan mentions Carl, he motions to the right, meaning he was to Carl’s left. Given how the group is lined up, that removes Eugene (Josh McDermitt) from the list of possibilities.
Unfortunately, that’s really the only physical tell Negan gives away. But there are two more names you can add the the list as possibly safe — though they are not quite as set in stone as the others.
Were Negan taking another swing at Maggie (Lauren Cohan), chances are Glenn would have cried out again. He’ll do anything to protect his wife and the mother of his child — even if that means taking the hit for her. Likewise, she may be willing to do the same for him. There’s no two people closer and more in love in this crazy zombie-infested world than Glenn and Maggie.
Meanwhile, the dialogue in these final moments are almost word-for-word taken from the graphic novels — save for a slew of F-bombs from Negan. The only thing missing is Glenn’s final plea of “Please. Please don’t,” right before Negan ends his life.
While that omitted line may not seem like a massive change, it could easily point to him not being at the other end of Lucille.
Again, Maggie and Glenn clearly are not as safe as the previously mentioned five survivors, but they definitely seem better off in this scenario than people like Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl, just to name a few.
As for who actually does meet their maker thanks to Negan sending everyone to “Pee Pee Pants City” — which is really a line that works better in comics than on a TV show — you’ll have to wait until Season 7 to find out.