In just one more day, legions of Walking Dead fans will sit down for the ninety-minute Season Five finale and the rumor mill is still in full swing as the big question on everyone’s mind is, who will die in Sunday night’s Walking Dead episode titled “Conquer”?
To go on line and look at the current speculation, most of the commentary centers around either Daryl or Glenn being killed off this coming Sunday evening. This article will focus on not only many of the hints gleamed from both the show and related comments by some of the actors, while also reporting on comments by SciFi Pulse’s very own ‘Walking Dead Source’.
Our show insider has indicated the coming scope and ongoing premise for the upcoming sixth season as well as an Informed Speculation as to just who will die in the much anticipated and last episode of season five.
As we are talking about which major character will be killed off, there are easily a few quotes from stars of Robert Kirkman’s hit AMC zombie drama such as Michael Cuditz (Abraham), Norman Reedus (Daryl), and Andrew Lincoln (Rick) that can be pointed to for good hints as to who may die along with the possible direction of The Walking dead’s upcoming season six.
Here is what Michael Cudlitz recently told Yahoo! TV;
“It’s going to piss you off. There will be tears, but also, once again, like the writers have been doing pretty consistently, it tees up a new beginning in a very, very different way.”
Likewise, Norman Reedus recently said the following while being interviewed on Entertainment Tonight, when a fan asked him what could be expected from the season finale, to which he said;
“Wow, bring your Kleenex, and you’ll be screaming at your television.”
Now this alone screams out to anyone who has been watching this show from the beginning that plain and simple; someone is going to die and only the death of a major character would make a fan of the show pissed off so much that they would be in tears and scream at the television while tearing up their box of kleenex.
Just recently Andrew Lincoln also told The Hollywood Reporter the following about the last part of season five as it relates to the next potential villain in the series, named ‘Nagan’, as well as the direction of the upcoming season six;
“There are astonishingly brilliant and thrilling characters that I am convinced we would be idiots not to meet in our journey; I would be very surprised if we don’t see Negan on the horizon in the not-too-distant future.
“What struck me, that I’ve always been excited about, is we’re coming into the sixth season of this show … and it’s the medieval part of The Walking Dead comic, where you realize that there are these isolated communities but don’t really know other ones exist. But they’re all building and forming themselves with their own image. And then there’s a clash of those communities. That, to me, is really interesting and when it gets really exciting with all the action. It turns into this insane, near-apocalyptic landscape that we’ve never seen before. That is almost a reimagining and a restart for society and humanity. And that is such a rich thing to tell.”
Now if we look at both Lincoln’s words above along with Cudlitz’s qoute, “. . . it tees up a new beginning in a very, very different way.” this lends credence to SciFi Pulse’s ‘Walking Dead Source’, who indicates that;
“The ‘W’s’ on all of the many zombie foreheads is the reason for the upcoming season 6, so it’s pretty important…”
Now the first question for us to ask is simply, ‘What does the ‘W’ stand for on all of the zombie heads?” which we have been seeing since Rick and his band of survivors got Noah to his home in the season five episode entitled, “What Happened and What’s Going On“.
In that episode there were several clues to be taken to heart with respect to what the ‘W’ means on the foreheads of many zombies since we initially began seeing this mark. First, let’s be clear that Noah’s walled town was not overrun by walkers, but rather from a marauding band of nasty humans who were responsible for breaking through the community’s walls.
It is this band of marauding humans that are referred to by the ‘W’ and likewise, graffiti can be seen on a brick wall in the above mentioned episode in back of Michonne which says;
“Wolves not far!”
Now in The Walking Dead comic universe, this group is called ‘The Saviors’ and is led by a very mean son of a bitch called ‘Negan’, which we see Andrew Lincoln specifically address in his comments above. Now changing the name of Negan’s group from Saviors to Wolves easily seems like the kinds of changes that we see from the comics to the show.
The reasons it seems likely that we will see Negan and the Wolves in this Sunday’s last episode of The Walking Dead is two-fold. In the first instance, we can clearly point to Lincoln telling The Hollywood Reporter, “. . . I would be very surprised if we don’t see Negan on the horizon in the not-too-distant future.” Clearly, that interview was not only recent but the scope of that portion of the piece was the current fifth season, so “not-too-distant future” would surely seem to be this Sunday night as there are no remaining episodes in season five.
Secondly, when Rick and his group arrive in Richmond to deliver Noah back home, we clearly see the murdered remains of his Mother on the floor of her living room and the killing blow which murdered her was clearly a blunt object to the head in the shape of a baseball bat-like indentation. This is a huge clue as Negan’s weapon of choice just happens to be a wooden bat, which is tied up in barbed wire, which he affectionately calls ‘Lucielle’.
Interestingly, it would seem a very good bet that Madmen actor, Jon Hamm may very well be the actor who will be portraying the barbaric ‘Negan.’
Likewise in this very same episode we see Glenn pick up a baseball bat and carry it with him for a portion of the episode. For those Walking Dead fans of the comic series as well as the AMC television series, this was a huge and potentially very telling act as Glenn is indeed murdered by Negan in a very brutal and senseless manner with his signature baseball bat.
So seeing Glenn hold a baseball bat on the cusp of reaching the safe zone within the Alexandria community, which is also just prior to his death in the comic series, seemed quite prophetic and was either a harbinger of things to come or a red herring to throw off all of those speculating and rabid Walking dead fans. But I honestly do not think so!
Likewise, although admittedly to a lesser extent, a close look at The Walking Dead Season five B poster seems to include two smoke stacks that are in fact quite reminiscent of those belonging to ‘the Sanctuary,’ which is home to the Saviors in the comics. While this is obviously in no way a smoking gun, it is a fun clue that would seem to have been purposely placed there as it is indeed quite obscure, yet subtle enough from perspective of an otherwise purposefully placed design element that would serve no other purpose. In essence, why include it in the poster if it did not serve a function or purpose!?
So, with all of this being said as to the introduction of the Wolves and Negan into The Walking Dead storyline, it seems clear that next season’s major focus will center in large part around the “W”olves. The most likely scenario will be some version of the all-out war as seen in a large story arc of The Walking Dead comic series. This would seem to be what Andrew Lincoln referred to as, ‘isolated communities but don’t really know other ones exist’ and the ways in which they will relate to Negan’s and his Wolves attempting to assert control over these communities in a post-apocalyptic human war amongst the living dead, which may have a large impact on the “reimagining and a restart for society and humanity.” which Lincoln was referring to in The Hollywood Reporter article referred to above.
So in fact, SciFi Pulse’s ‘Walking Dead Source’ thoughts on the ‘W’ on zombie foreheads being the primary reason for the upcoming sixth season, would seem to be on point and it seems quite likely that some of the Wolves, if not Negan himself, will be introduced in the last episode of season five, so as to Segway into season six.
Now let’s turn our attention to just who will die in Sunday night’s Walking Dead episode, ‘Conquer’ and here is what the official AMC synopsis is for the ninety-minute finale says:
‘The Walking Dead’s season five finale will be an extended 90-minute episode airing March 29 at 9 p.m., AMC announced Wednesday. In the finale, Daryl finds himself in trouble while out on the run. Meanwhile, in Alexandria, Rick and his group continue to feel like outsiders as danger lurks near the gates.’
The very last portion of the synopsis is the most telling, “. . . as danger lurks near the gates.”, as this danger is most likely the introduction of next season’s violent villains, the Wolves and their very twisted leader, Negan, which again lends credence to Lincoln’s statement, “I would be very surprised if we don’t see Negan on the horizon in the not-too-distant future.”
Now with respect to which beloved main character will die, the obvious choice is clearly Glenn Rhee simply because of all of the clues mentioned above, as well as the fact that this is exactly where Glenn meets his brutal death at the hands of Negan in the comic series.
However it would seem to make practical sense that the producers of The Walking Dead would also change this as has been the usual case when translating the comic into the television show? But it would also seem plausible that Glenn’s death was such an important part and milestone of the comic series and simply needs to be honored as such.
Scott Gimple, who is The Walking Dead’s Executive Producer and showrunner had this to say about the show and its relationship to the comics at the most recent San Diego Comic-Con Walking Dead panel;
“There’s gonna be, ‘oh yeah, exactly like the comic.’ There’s gonna be stuff that there’s no way that you could possibly guess because it isn’t from the comic at all. But even in that story, there’s a couple moments from the comic that we missed, that are from like a year and a half ago in the timeline. So, real Walking Dead comics nerds, they’re not going to know which way the comic stories are coming. We hope to drive them insane. That is our goal.”
Clearly, Gimple is in fact taking things straight from the comic and he also said this in an Entertainment Weekly article;
“I mean, frankly, there’s just so much stuff in the books that I’m excited about getting to, just big moments. I’m just very, very desperate to get to certain moments like this, because I can’t wait to see them shot or come to life.”
If any moment in the comic deserved to be properly depicted in the AMC show, Glenn’s death would definitely qualify.
Likewise, at the same above mentioned San Diego Comic-Con panel, Andrew Lincoln also said the following about Steven Yuen (Glenn);
“Steven’s work in the back 8 has been magnificent. I really think he’s the hero of this back 8.”
In that very same panel, Yuen let the following slip about an upcoming episode, ” . . . really test them and see what they’re capable of, what they’re not capable of, and what they choose not to be.” to witch Gimple interrupted with, “careful…”
So these statements also seem to be quite telling in that they seem to point to factors which could easily inform and speak to the possibility of Glenn death. In the first instance Lincoln refers to Glenn as the hero of the back 8 episodes of season five and while Glenn has been a great presence in the last seven episodes of season five, I have not really seen him be a hero per se.
Likewise we see Yuen speak about the choices some of the show’s characters must make and it seems very possible to me that Glenn could die a Hero’s death by deciding to be the moral person he knows he must be even in the face of certain death. And this might just have something to do with Glenn’s death, which may be why Gimple told Yuen to be “careful.”
So, it is at this point that I must once again point to SciFi Pulse’s very own ‘Walking Dead Source’, who was admittedly quite tight lipped when she heard a SciFi Pulse’s editor’s take on Glenn meeting his death at the hands of Negan. Our source would only say that the editor in question knew more than she and that the show’s producers are quite secretive about future episodes. Not wanting to push in any way and as the editor was having a friendly conversation it simply continued, but it is what happened next that seems most telling with respect to Glen’s proposed death.
On the next day, the SciFi Pulse editor in question received an email from the ‘Walking Dead Source’, which had no words or commentary in it whatsoever and had only a web link embedded within it, which predicted that Glenn would meet his death at the end of season five.
While SciFi Pulse’s ‘Walking Dead Source’ did not come out and tell SciFi Pulse directly that Glenn would be dying, the email after our conversation with nothing but a link to a story about Gelnn’s death, simply seemed to us as silent confirmation that in fact Glenn Rhee will be the much loved main character who will be brutally killed, potentially by Negan, during this Sunday’s season five finale entitled, ‘Conquer’.
When you then think about why someone would be pissed off so much that they would be in need of Kleenex and in tears while screaming at the television, Glenn’s death would clearly have this effect on most fans of the show, which I predict will be in an after credits scene, so prepare yourself fellow Walking Dead fans.
Tomorrow night, March 29th, 2015, SciFi Pulse offers and states that because of our insider Walking Dead Source’s Informed Speculation, that Glenn Rhee will in fact meet his death, hopefully in a scene which will remain true to the comic version of Walking Dead issue #100.
As a side note, there is a VERY good and detailed seemingly insider informed synopsis of Sunday night’s last episode of The Walking Dead can be found on The Spoiling Dead Fan’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SpoilingDeadFans/posts/470434899778320:0
The good news seems to be that we will be seeing some very good contributions by a series fan-favorite character, Morgan Jones, as played by Lennie James. Likewise, fans of The Walking Dead will also be treated to a trailer for the much anticipated AMC spin-off series to The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, during the 90 minute season five finale episode.