The apocalypse is back in the seventh season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but the eternal question — who will die? — looms large over Alexandria. Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) proved back in October that nobody is safe from Lucille or his bloodthirsty Saviors as he viciously beat the life out of Abraham and Glenn. But in the Season 7B return episode, “Rock in the Road,” Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors have begun preparations for all-out war. But war is bloody, and war is costly.
Who among those left alive in The Walking Dead could stand to meet their always-untimely death? Here are a few wild guesses.
After taking up chunks of Season 6 with explorations into her backstory, Enid (Katelyn Nacon) is a character the Walking Dead audience either loves or hates in Season 7. She’s got a thing going on with Carl, but in a show like The Walking Dead, that could just seal your fate. And since she’s not based on any one character from the comic, she’s not tethered to specific storylines which only makes her vulnerable to die at any moment. But if there’s anything Enid’s proved in the last year and a half, it’s that she’s a lot more resilient than you think.
In the comic, Gregory (Xander Berkeley) was removed and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) took over his position as leader of the Hilltop colony. But in the TV series, there’s less room for a character like Gregory to exist. Spineless and afraid of confrontation with the Saviors, Gregory is easy meat for Negan or someone to pick-off and get out of the way. While the cruel, unfair cosmos just might let Gregory live to see the other side of the war, it’s also unlikely he could stomach the war itself.
Rosita (Christian Serratos) showed some ‘tude towards Sasha (Sonequa Martin) in the mid season premiere, sewing a seed of tension between the two that will last until one of them dies … probably. While Sasha could very well bite it too, Rosita’s comics counterpart met her fate killed by Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers who terrorizes the survivors after Negan. Alpha is responsible for quite a few devastating deaths in the comic, so perhaps Rosita’s death will be saved for that dreadful day.
Another victim of Alpha’s later in the comic, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) doesn’t look like a character that really belongs in The Walking Dead. A little too grandiose for the “realistic” zombie series, Ezekiel comes off like an eccentric, and eccentrics don’t really last long in the show. While Ezekiel is killed by Alpha in the comic, perhaps the war with Negan will do him in much quicker.
Ezekiel’s tiger, Shiva
You know this one has to happen.
Negan’s possible death in The Walking Dead isn’t based on the merit of his character. Rather, it’s on Jeffrey Dean Morgan. While only Morgan and his agents know how many seasons he’s contractually obligated for, it’s curious whether or not Morgan will stick around long after the novelty of his character has worn off.
In Robert Kirkman’s comic, Negan is kept prisoner after the war until the arrival of Alpha, who is all but guaranteed to be a Season 8 villain, whom Negan kills. While that seems like it secures Negan for at least another season, The Walking Dead has affirmatively shown it can tell its own stories and not accurately adapt what happened in the original comics. So perhaps no one is truly safe. (Except Daryl.)
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.