My Thoughts on The Walking Dead 6×16: Last Day on Earth
THE OPTIONS (in the order they were kneeling): Glenn, Rosita, Daryl, Michonne, Abraham, Maggie, Rick, Sasha, Aaron, Carl, and Eugene.
First let me just get a few things out of the way. All of these characters are going to grieve, and grieve A LOT, for the character who died, no matter who it was. So when I speak about one or two people grieving for a character if it was that character who died, I mean that those one or two people would grieve more than the other characters, that it would be hardest for them.
At first, I thought that because Negan says, “Anybody moves, anybody says anything, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father,” that it ruled out Rick and Carl. But now I’m not so sure. Because after that, he says “And then we’ll start.” So everyone saying that you can’t feed the eye to a dead person has a point, but because he said, “and then we’ll start,” it seems to me that he’d do this before killing the person. So the line about cutting the boy’s other eye out and feeding it to his father really has no bearing on who he’s killing.
Some might ask, but why would he cut Carl’s eye out and then feed it to Rick right before killing Rick? Maybe to add insult to injury. Maybe Negan wants to show Rick that not only will he kill him, but he’ll make him suffer even more just before killing him.
I don’t think it’s Carl, simply because Negan kind of gestures to his right when talking about cutting the boy’s other eye out. And why would he tell his men to cut Carl’s eye out if Negan is the one killing Carl? Wouldn’t he just cut Carl’s eye out himself?
I’m not saying that it is Rick, I’m just saying we can’t rule him out from that line. And I read an article on Hypable where one person thinks that Rick is the only death that would justify such a long wait for the person to be revealed. And I completely agree with that. Let’s face it, people probably won’t care if it’s Aaron. He’s a good character but he’s not a favorite. And Sasha and Rosita are great characters, too, and it would definitely show how cruel Negan is if he killed a woman in that brutal of a way (but let’s be real, this was a brutal, brutal death no matter who it was). (And “brutal” seems to be my new favorite word, or at least my buzzword for this episode.) And while I like Eugene and Abraham, I don’t think their deaths would justify so long a wait, either.
So if we rule all those out, we’re left with Rick, Carl (which I already ruled out above), Michonne, Maggie, Glenn, and Daryl. Any of those would be horrible deaths. They all have huge numbers of fans. And yes, I can see the reasoning behind ANY of their deaths. And I think there are some completely compelling and awful things that would then happen to the other characters if any of them died. But I feel like Rick would be the most shocking, if they’re going for shock value. (Him or Maggie, actually.)
It reminds me of Gossip Girl. When they revealed Gossip Girl’s identity on the show, I knew that was the only one that would shock viewers. Anyone else and people would have been like, “You made me wait how many seasons for that? I suspected them in season 1!” To me, if The Walking Dead producers are going for shock value, they’d pick Rick (or Maggie, because she’s pregnant). Anyone else and it wouldn’t be that much of a shock.
Now, if they’re simply going for the story line here (which I think, honestly, it’s a bit of both story line and shock value), I could see Michonne or Daryl. And Glenn. But I really doubt it’s going to be Glenn because he almost died already and we had to wait a few episodes to find out that he was still alive. I know Glenn is the one Negan kills in the comic books, but they don’t stick strictly to the comic book story line.
I guess I just really don’t want it to be Glenn because that would mean that Maggie has lost her mom when she was younger, her step mom and step brother to the zombie plague, her other step brother to a zombie horde, her father to a power-hungry maniac, her sister to an accidental(?) gun shot, and now her husband and father of her child to this brutal murder by Negan. And it seems like she’s having complications with her pregnancy, too, so she could also lose the baby. Maggie’s not my favorite but I don’t like it when one character is singled out as someone who just can’t win. And I don’t think there’s anyone on the show who has lost more loved ones than Maggie. Yes, everyone has lost someone, and many of them have lost several people, but Maggie’s just lost too many.
If it’s Daryl, how will that forward the plot? It might make Carol come back, but I think it might make her just as likely to want to stay away. It sure will piss off a lot of viewers, but I don’t see how it will further the plot.
If it’s Michonne, how will that further the plot? Carl and Rick will certainly be hurt the most, but what else will the plot gain? Some revenge by Rick or Carl?
If it’s Maggie, it certainly will be uncomfortable for many viewers. And it will show just how ruthless and horrible Negan is. But as far as we know, Negan doesn’t know that Maggie is pregnant. Maybe if he kills her and then finds out she was pregnant he will have some remorse? And certainly the rest of the group will be in shock and majorly grieving, not only for Maggie, but for her child, and for Glenn. And because they were trying to get her to a doctor when all of this happened.
If it’s Rosita, Abraham will be very upset, and Eugene as well, but it won’t really further the plot.
If it’s Abraham, it’s sad because he just found his happiness with Sasha and they were talking about maybe trying to have a baby. And Rosita, Sasha and Eugene would grieve a lot. But it otherwise doesn’t further the plot.
If it’s Aaron, LGBTQIAP community members (like me) will be upset, and his boyfriend would grieve (is he still alive?), but it would not further the plot.
If it’s Sasha, Abraham would grieve, but it would not further the plot.
If it’s Eugene, Abraham and Rosita would grieve, and Rick now has the plans to make the bullets, but it would not further the plot.
If it’s Rick, not only will there be shock value, but everyone in the group would lose their confidence. The producers said on Talking Dead that this finale was about Rick losing his confidence, and that season 7 was about this character’s death and how that affected all the other characters. Certainly all the other characters kneeling before Negan have lost their confidence during this finale as well. But to lose their fearless leader on top of that? All hope would be lost. So this finale was about Rick losing his confidence, and perhaps season 7 will be about everyone losing Rick, and with him, losing every last shred of their confidence as well. And perhaps the next season will also be about each individual character crumbling, as well as the weakening of the group as a whole.
So who did Negan kill? My best guess: Rick or Maggie. Those two would further the plot the most, AND create the most shock value. Yes, Glenn or Carl would create a lot of shock and further the story line as well, but I just don’t think they’re going to stick with the comic book story line, nor do I think it’s Carl because of Negan’s comment.
So what are your theories? I’d love to hear them all! And I have to also admit that surely the producers enjoy seeing all the theories and all the discussion. Even if that wasn’t their purpose for ending the finale with a cliffhanger, I’m sure it’s a nice bonus for them.