The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman May Have Just Yelled Out A Huge Spoiler

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Lets get this out of the way right up front, there are SPOILERS for The Walking Dead beyond this point. It won’t to terribly shocking to those of you current on the comic books, but if you’re not current, what you read here could very well ruin your day. No joke. You’ve been warned.

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The other night, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman stopped by Comedy Central’s @Midnight show. This makes sense, host Chris Hardwick also hosts the weekly wrap up show Talking Dead on AMC, so a couple of the cast and crew members, including Kirkman, Lauren Cohan (Maggie), and Josh McDermitt (Eugene) showed up and dropped a huge spoiler, maybe.

During a segment where they yelled out predictably funny “fake spoilers,” Kirkman blurted out this:

Eventually a character named Negan is introduced, and he’s going to bash in Glenn’s brains with a baseball bat called Lucille.

Here’s the thing, though this part of the show is about faux spoilers—my favorite is that Beth comes back as a dog who solves crimes—fans of the comics know that this is a very real, very traumatic reality. You know, reality in the world of a fictional comic book full of zombies.

THe Walking DeadNeegan is a very bad man with a penchant for killing folks with a barbed wire covered baseball bat named Lucille, and Glenn does meet his end in this particularly gruesome manner. While Maggie watches no less. We know he’s on his way eventually, and every time something cryptic and gruesome and unexplained happens, fans immediately start thinking, “Maybe it’s Negan,” like with those armless torsos from the last episode, “What Happened and What’s Going On.” That could very well be his handy work.

Watching Cohan and McDermitt’s reactions, they obviously didn’t expect Kirkman to yell that out. McDermitt just laughs his ass off, while Cohan looks shocked, though recovers quickly, and the audience response is a mix of shock and awe and people who have already read the comics.

Kirkman, showrunner Scott Gimple, and The Walking Dead usually play things pretty close to the vest as far as the plot is concerned, so you have to wonder why he just yelled this out on national TV. Does he figure enough people know that this is coming that it’s already out there so why hide it? Fans have been waiting for this for a while. Because this was a fake spoilers section, does this mean things will go down differently? We did hear a rumor from set a while back that Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, was finished and had an emotional goodbye, and some interpreted that to mean that his character dies.

There are a million ways this could play out. While the series follows the same rough pattern as the comics, they’ve never been afraid to veer off and depart from the source material. There are characters that are still alive in the books that are dead on screen, and perhaps this is another point where they take a different route. We don’t know how this will all play out, but now we’re even more interested to see how they handle things with Negan.


  1. Mike says:

    I don’t know if people understand comedy? Yelled/Blurted is the wrong adjective used. Kirkman intentionally revealed this as a “faux” spoiler because you know it’s a comedy show. I don’t need to explain the layers of comedic genius. But reading the post and the fact it’s detailed out with images etc really missed the hilariousness of the joke and in my opinion is one of those “I read the comics so I know more” type of things. Also by doing this post it actually reveals the spoiler. If no one acknowledged it, rather just laughed because if you know it was real then hey all is well. I think Josh McDermitt reaction to the bit was perfect.

  2. Aly85 says:

    um that’s in the comics he’s just telling a spoiler from the comic to mess with people

  3. Jack says:

    So how is something already published a spoiler?

  4. Jamsplodge says:

    Andrea is still alive in the comics so the adaptation is not 100%. I’m holding out hope that Glenn makes it. It’s been kind of sad to see his and Maggie’s relationship on the show knowing full well what is to become of him.

  5. Ozpoppy says:

    This is a running gag for him. In the 8/2011 issue #88 letters page when a fan asks “Are there any characters you regret killing off?” he replied “I regret killing every character. I wish I could write more of Tyreese, Donna, Allen, Carol, Alice, Axel, The Governor, Martinez, Morgan, Lori, Dale, Glenn, Dexter, Shane and all the rest…” with Glenn as the standout NOT DEAD YET name. Two issues later, a letter explicitly calls him out on this “spoiler” asking if this was a mistake or an actual spoiler, and while they duck a straight answer, they follow the next letter mentioning
    “bigger events in issue #100”. In the letters page of #102, just after we get to read Steven Yuan’s letter regarding his opinion of Kirkman’s treatment of his character, a reader chides Kirkman on having “ruined” the impact of #100 12 issues prior, he said “… I didn’t slip that in on accident… I did that on purpose, as kind of a joke. And you may have suspected that was a spoiler, but you didn’t know it was until it actually WAS.” and “would be a fun little tease for the few readers who actually pour though these letters columns. I’m sorry you weren’t amused.”