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Who Negan Killed. And Why It Has to Be Glenn.


“You can breathe. You can blink. You can cry. Hell, you’re all gonna be doin’ that.” With those words season 6 of The Walking Dead came to a violent close. Seeing the bat come down from the unfortunate soul’s point of view was a decision that intrigued some (like me) but infuriated most. But regardless, it had us all talking. We’re still two months away from finding who got the business end of Lucille, and the speculation is running wild about who Negan’s victim was.


As fans of  AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama are known to be rather passionate, everyone seems to have an opinion as to who it was. I’ve heard from some disgruntled fans that feel like it was some minor character like Aaron (sorry Ross Marquand, I love your work, but Aaron could disappear from the show and I don’t think most people would notice). Others believe it will be fan favorite Daryl or our favorite wordsmith Abraham. I’ve also heard from some that think it’s sickly mother-to-be Maggie. But there are others, like myself, that believe it’s Glenn. I would go as far as to say that I would all but guarantee that it’s Glenn.


Why the certainty? Several reasons.

The easiest and most obvious answer: he’s the one that dies here in the comics. Yes, I know that Scott Gimple and company play pretty loose with the story from the comic books on a regular basis. However, from the end of season 5 throughout season 6, the stories have lined up very closely. Pete’s demise, the herd breaking through the walls at Alexandria, Carl losing his eye, and Jessie’s death are all events straight from the comic with very little deviation. Of course that means nothing when it comes to this situation, at least on its own.


When you pair that with the reprecussions of Glenn’s death in the comics, it really seals that is needs to be him. This is a moment in the comic that launches the story forward. Everyone is affected. Glenn getting bludgeoned to death wasn’t just for shock value (though there was plenty of it). It was a milestone in the series. It fed so many other threads…created so many plot lines…changed so many relationships. Not to mention it established Negan as THE big bad.



Think about it from the show’s perspective. If Glenn dies, Rick has lost his oldest friend in the apocalypse, and the man that helped reunite him with his wife and son. Maggie loses her husband and the father of her unborn child. Also how will Maggie’s relationship with Rick change knowing that is was his hubris that led them to this point? Also will she blame herself for negotiating the deal with Gregory to take out the Saviors? Daryl loses a close friend, and some one that helped him overcome his own prejudices. Abraham would see up close what can happen in an instant in that world to someone you care about…after just starting to consider wanting to start a family with Sasha. Would he want to leave her in the same situation that Maggie would be in? The group as a whole would also lose their moral compass yet again (RIP Dale and Hershel). That’s heavy stuff. And much better story arcs than just about anyone else’s death could provide.




Now let’s look at this from a technical standpoint. Very seldom on the show have we ever seen things from a particular character’s point of view. Yet, the finale opened with, and after every commercial break, returned to what turned out to be a character’s vantage point inside the van where Glenn, Daryl, Rosita, and Sasha were being held. If you look closely the view is from the very back of the van. Meaning it would have to be the person that gets out last. That would be Glenn. So if we hold to the idea that the POV shots were consistent throughout the episode, then Glenn’s view opened and closed it. It has to be Glenn.


I love Glenn. As a fan, I don’t want it to be him. I would hate to see him go. But I just feel like all evidence points to his violent and bloody end. Am I right? We’ll find out in October.


In Defense of The Walking Dead Finale


I know that this may seem a bit late to the party, but I wanted to let heads cool on the situation before commenting. After the final seconds of Season 6 of The Walking Dead (for my money, the best season of the series so far), the fan outrage was at DEFCON 1-level insane. Watching the debuting big bad Negan pick one of Rick’s group at random to kill, only to have it turn to a first person view of the victim as he’s about to deal out the bludgeoning sent fans into a fury. How dare they not show us who died! How dare they leave us hanging!


But was it really that bad or even the wrong decision? I personally don’t think it was. Now before you start losing your collective sh*t all over again, hear me out. Do I wish that we knew who got acquainted with Lucille? Absolutely I do. But I also understand that the producers of The Walking Dead aren’t being paid to offer us instant gratification. Their job is to build a product that people want to consume (zombie pun intended) and come back to watch next time. And that’s what they’ve given us for the last 6 years. Have there been hiccups along the way? Sure. Large chunks of the first half of Season 2 and the back half of Season 3 are testaments to that. But overall they have delivered us what I still consider the best show on television. I fully believe that what they gave us in the Season 6 finale is in-line with that.


The build-up to Negan’s appearance was incredibly well done. The tension of Rick’s group being outwitted turn after turn was something we’ve never seen on TWD. Our merry band of survivors have been shown to work like a well-oiled machine and are great strategists. But not this time. With every blocked route, you could feel the noose getting tighter around their necks. And just when they thought that they had their spot to slip out, the rug gets pulled out from under them and it is revealed that all they’ve done is play right into the Saviors’ hands. The demoralizing of Rick was apparent.


And that, to me, is why this scene worked so well. Negan self-aggrandizing and threatening was truly something magical to behold. Jeffrey Dean Morgan played his part to perfection. I felt like I was seeing the Negan of the comics come to life. His performance alone would have made this episode special, but it wasn’t just about him. Nor was this episode about who Negan killed. It was about the fact that he was going to kill someone, and there was nothing Rick could do about it. It was about seeing Rick break. His kingdom crumbling before his very eyes at the hands of someone more cunning, more powerful, and certainly more dangerous. It was brilliant television. Let that be the lasting memory of that episode instead of the lack of confirmation on who’s head was bashed in by Negan.



Now again, I totally wish we had seen who it was. And I have a pretty strong belief that I know who it is…but that is a topic for another day. But the makers of the show didn’t give us that. They wanted us to think about it for the next six months. They wanted us to talk about it for the next six months. They wanted us to debate it for the next six months. And you know what? They got exactly what they wanted. We were Rick to their Negan. We were their puppets and they were pulling our strings. But I for one am not upset by that at all.





The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer

Well folks, after a week in Haiti, I’m back! And with Comic Con having taken place this week, there is much to discuss. I’ll try to tackle one thing at a time. First up:

The long-awaited trailer for the highly anticipated Season 5 of The Walking Dead is finally here. I’ve watched it several times now trying to piece things together. This of course is a fool’s errand, as there’s no context of a timeline for any of the clips shown. But the one thing I can definitely say about it: it looks action-packed, but they gave us WAY too much here. I don’t feel any sense of anxiousness over the plight of Rick & Company since it’s quite apparent that they get out of Terminus, and meet back up with Carol, Tyrese, and Judith. Way to take the suspense out of the season premiere AMC…

Well Played Kirkman…Well Played…


Season 4 of The Walking Dead is in the books, and I can’t be the only one who left last night’s episode with a feeling of disappointment. I thought it was a good episode as a whole…and admittedly better than last season’s finale, but comic series creator and show executive producer Robert Kirkman had built up the finale to be the most brutal, violent, and ambitious episode of the series. While the sequence with Joe and his group of marauders was undoubtedly brutal and violent, and probably a little shocking to viewers that aren’t also fans of the comic, the rest of the episode failed to meet those lofty expectations.

While part of me was happy to see Hershel again in the flashbacks, I had closure with his character. I was at peace with his being gone because of how much he had impacted the lives of those around him. In essence, Hershel lived on in the souls of those still alive. But to see him again just reminded me once more that he’s gone.


We got to dig a little further into the past of Michonne, which was nice. Her character is so much deeper than just the BA black woman with a kitana, so I’m always happy when they give us a glimpse into her tortured psyche. They also continued to strengthen the bond between Michonne and Carl. I can’t really tell if he views her as an older sister or as a surrogate mother. Either way, I enjoy the pairing. It was also incredibly harrowing to see that Carl is starting to question his morality. It appears that some of Carl’s childish mistakes, like shooting that unarmed kid from Woodbury, are weighing on him a lot more than we thought. I would say that the fact that they are bothering him proves he’s not a monster, but I totally understand the terrible guilt he feels.

We were also teased with the “…Who Will Survive?” posters. With no major characters dying in this episode, the answer is: apparently EVERYONE!


With all of that said, this didn’t feel like a season finale to me. But aside from Season 2, has any season ending episode of The Walking Dead felt like a finale? The “cliffhanger” that Kirkman stated would make the wait until season 5 practically unbearable, was just Rick and company finding out that Terminus isn’t what they thought it was and ending the season locked in a train car. But with the entire group minus Tyreese and Carol being reunited, and Rick’s proclamation that their captors are going to “feel pretty stupid when they realize that they just screwed with the wrong people”, they left the season with the idea that the inhabitants of Terminus are in danger from Rick’s group instead of the other way around. Not really much of a cliffhanger.

Obviously, Robert Kirkman’s job is to sell his product and build a buzz around it. He did just that. But unbeknownst to all of us was that we were being played. And we all fell for it. He tricked us all, and the ratings I’m sure will display just that. So Kirkman, I leave you with the immortal words of Michael Scott, “Fool me once, strike one. But fool me twice…strike three.”





The Walking Dead


Anyone that has talked to me for more than 5 minutes could probably tell you that AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead is my favorite show on television. I’m also a pretty big fan of the Image comic book series that the show is based on as well. And while the two have several things in common, there are also some huge differences. Some people that are still alive in the comic are dead on the show, and vice versa. Terrible things that happen to characters in the comic happen to different ones on the show. Heck, there are characters from one medium that don’t even exist in the other. There are differences from each that I prefer over it’s counterpart.

Advantage: Comic –


I love the pacing of the comic a bit more than the show. The book has found a really good balance of character development and action, without getting too heavy on one or the other. Due to not having to pay talent to play them and the lengthened timeline of comics, you get a larger cast of primary characters with fewer “redshirts.” The comic doesn’t have to deal with the FCC, so it doesn’t have the censorship boundaries that the show must contend with. While I’m not saying that I necessarily enjoy graphic violence and language, I understand that it’s part of the zombie genre, so the comic taps into that more than the television series.

I’ve enjoyed the presentation of several of the characters more in the comics as well. While I absolutely hated Andrea on the show (let’s be honest, who didn’t?), I love her character in the comic. Her constant undermining of Rick’s authority and siding with Shane is absent in the books, and she is considered an invaluable team member due to her sharpshooting skills…particularly during Woodbury’s raids on the prison. Speaking of Woodbury, I thoroughly enjoyed David Morrissey’s portrayal of The Governor on the show, but he couldn’t compare to the psychopath of the comic series. Seeing a villain really act like a villain helps the audience to view him as an enemy. On the show, The Governor’s villainy is a bit more subtle, which admittedly works a little better for television, but when you compare the two, I’ll take the comic. The comic also does a much better job of giving Michonne a reason to really hate The Governor.

Advantage: Television –


While I like the comic’s pacing, I prefer the show’s attention to interpersonal conflict…not just from outside the group, but also from within. Shane’s downward spiral, in particular, added an extra layer of drama that was missing in the comic. Rick still has both of his hands on the show, which is a big plus. The show has given us a few great characters that don’t exist in the comic, like T-Dog, Merle, and Milton. The show has turned Maggie into a complete beast and one of my favorite characters, while I’ve always found her comic counterpart rather bland. Last but certainly not least, there’s only three words needed to describe the biggest advantage the television series has over the comic book: Daryl freaking Dixon…