While AMC’s The Walking Dead episodes inevitably become water cooler talk, the show’s mid and season finales really erupt on social media, evoke memes, and leave viewers traumatized and shaking in their corners for days. But if sneak peeks, the rumor mill, and some of the feelings from the cast after reading the script are accurate, we might be in for a bumpy ride Sunday. What’s so shocking about these episodes isn’t always the blood, gore and death; that’s become old hat. It’s the moments we didn’t see coming. The right turn when we were all looking left. So to help you get a jump on your meme creation, here are some of the things we’re watching for in this season’s finale.
The Arrival of Negan
Since it was announced that AMC had cast Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, fans’ hearts have been all a-flutter about when he and his lovely bat Lucille would make their appearance. If a leaked trailer from overseas is correct, it looks like Sunday will be it. Morgan has the chops to play Negan. Aside from a rather robust film career, he has a formidable comic book movie resume, including Watchmen, Jonah Hex, The Losers, and even Batman v. Superman – though from recent reviews he might not want to keep that one on there – so we think he can handle the homicidal leader of the saviors.
Why Negan Is So Important
For those who are unaware of the comics the show is based on or haven’t had the chance to read them, the introduction of the character Negan is one of the most impactful events in the comic. Think of it this way; Batman had Riddler, Superman has Darkseid, Bizarro, and Doomsday, but then there’s Lex Luthor. Rick had zombies, Shane, The Governor, and then there’s Negan. That’s how impactful his introduction is. He and his companion Lucille – a Louisville slugger wrapped in barbed wire – are introduced in issue 100 of the comic series, when after many run-ins with Rick’s group, they finally meet face-to-face. That meeting led to the violent and bloody death of one of the survivors at the hands of Negan and Lucille. We won’t give away who it was for the sake of those who haven’t read the books, but the producers have been juggling things from the actual comic series, so it’s really a crap-shoot as to who gets it.
What happened to Daryl?
At the end of the last episode, the group consisting of Michonne, Glenn, Rosita, and Daryl have all been caught trying to find the group of saviors that killed Denise. And Dwight, one of the saviors that Daryl let go in an earlier episode, then let get away after ordering the death of Denise, appears to shoot Daryl. If you’re getting a peculiar tingling sensation in your spine, it’s your annoyance response peaked by The Walking Dead writers using this crap again like they did teasing the death of Glenn, which he seemed to have cheated. So is he dead, or isn’t he? Daryl isn’t really a character in the book. No one is ever really safe in the zombie apocalypse. But, killing off Daryl would piss off a lot of people. If I were a betting man, I say he lives.
What’s wrong with Carol?
This new softer, gentler Carol who has now started to act a little like the two girls who adopted her as their mother back at the prison, is starting to irk my nerves. The whining, the bursting into sobs, and then ultimately the reluctant killing is becoming old— fast. Why make this wonderful character a miserable, whining, shell of herself? If this keeps up, I see a trip to the flowers for Carol.
Where in the world is Morgan? Do we really care? Moving on.
Now, this is always the important part in the show. Battles, be it with humans or zombies, serve two very important roles in The Walking Dead. First, it culls the group. Right now, there are way too many people in the group. In the zombie apocalypse, it’s like living in The Happening. The smaller your group, the less chance you have to end up dead. Every time, the group has expanded and stayed large, an attack came to trim the fat. And with a cast of characters between Alexandria and now the newbies at Hilltop, it’s getting a little hard to keep up on everyone’s story. Time to get rid of some of these people. Second, deaths move the story along. This time, the catalyst seems to be Negan. Negan’s introduction in book 100 came with him beating someone important to death. The odds are on Glenn and Abraham, but I wouldn’t rule out anyone. I would say, be prepared.
Now, you’re all ready for the season finale—and the memes.
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"The Walking Dead" Before & After (PHOTOS)
1. Rick Grimes plays a small-town sheriff who wakes from a coma to an undead apocalypse.1 of 18
2. Andrew Lincoln recently earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series at the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards for his role as Rick Grimes.2 of 18
3. Daryl Dixon is an adept survivalist and Merle Dixon’s little brother.3 of 18
4. Norman Reedus is also an accomplished photographer, as well as a burgeoning director, having directed three short films.4 of 18
5. Sasha is Tyreese's scrappy no-nonsense younger sister, she might be the only person able to help Tyreese understand what the others have endured. Her practical approach to survival is challenged by the nature of their new threats and by the relationships that are developing.5 of 18
6. Sonequa Martin-Green is known for her roles in "Once Upon a Time," "The Good Wife," "NYC 22" and "Army Wives." Her television credits also include "Gossip Girl" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."6 of 18
7. Tyreese is Sasha's brother. He feels lucky to be alive. Will he be able to balance the loss the group has endured with his new relationship with Woodbury survivor Karen?7 of 18
8. An accomplished television, film and stage actor, Chad L. Coleman received critical acclaim for his work on HBO's Peabody Award-winning drama series "The Wire."8 of 18
9. Michonne is a quiet but fierce warrior who saves Andrea from walkers with her katana blade after the battle at Hershel's farm.9 of 18
10. As Michonne, Danai Gurira spends the winter with Andrea, fending for themselves as a close-knit team.10 of 18
11. Beth Greene is Hershel's daughter and Maggie's sister. She was living with her dad, sister and boyfriend Jimmy at Hershel's farm when Rick's group arrived.11 of 18
12. Emily Kinney plays Beth Greene on screen but off screen, she is a singer/songwriter, recently releasing a five song EP.12 of 18
13. Carol Peletier, her husband Ed and their daughter Sophia meet Shane, Lori and Carl on the road to Atlanta. Taking pity on them, Carol offers to share her husband's rations until he chastises her for compromising their "operational security."13 of 18
14. Carol Peletier is played by Melissa McBride, who has worked behind the camera as a commercial casting director.14 of 18
15. Maggie Greene lived with her father Hershel and her sister Beth in a secluded farmhouse. When Rick shows up on their porch one day with a gravely-injured Carl, Maggie is tasked with finding Lori to relate what's happened.15 of 18
16. Maggie Greene is played by the U.K. raised Lauren Cohan, who studied Drama and English Literature in college.16 of 18
17. At the outset of the apocalypse, Carl flees his small town with his mom, Lori, and his dad's best friend Shane, who soon becomes a surrogate father to the boy.17 of 18
18. An Atlanta native, Chandler Riggs began acting at age 4, which probably adds to his performance as Carl Grimes.18 of 18
Who Finally Gets It On “The Walking Dead” Season 6 Finale? Our Predictions was originally published on globalgrind.com