SPOILER ALERT: Read on only after you have already watched the beginning of The Walking Dead season 7 premiere, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.”
Six months later, we finally got our answer.
The Walking Dead ended season 6 with new big bad Negan bashing in the face of one of the Alexandrians, only we didn’t know who was on the receiving end of that baseball bat to the face. We do now. Abraham Ford paid the ultimate price, being bludgeoned to death by Negan and Lucille.
For fans who breathed a sigh of relief that it was not Glenn, who suffered the fate in issue 100 of the comic book on which the show is based, that sense of comfort was short-lived. After Daryl went up and hit Negan, because Negan was tormenting Rosita with Abraham’s remains on his bat, Negan took another victim as retribution, and that victim was Glenn.
The double deathblow was a savvy creative move by producers, paying faithful tribute to the epic comic event while also adding a new terrifying twist. (Things almost got even worse, if you can imagine that, as Negan came close to making Rick cut off his own son’s arm. There was also a whole thing involving an axe.)
It also marks the end of the road for Steven Yeun, who played Glenn, on the show. Yeun was one of the original six actors — along with Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, and Lennie James (who left and then came back) — that had been on the show since season 1. His character now joins Shane, Dale, Lori, Andrea, and other originals in the afterlife.
Michael Cudlitz, who played Abraham, joined The Walking Dead halfway through season 4 and immediately became a fan favorite due to his character’s unique facial hair and tension-breaking one-liners. (R.I.P. Dolphin Smooth.)
Abraham and Glenn became Negan’s first victims from Alexandria, but are sure to not be the last. Weigh in with your feelings on the cliffhanger resolution below, and for more Walking Dead coverage, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
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