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.
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.
Neegan 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.