Wow. We’re not big baseball fans, but we believe this is what’s known as a double header.
Sorry, we’re still in shock! We don’t know what we’re saying!
For months, The Walking Dead fans have speculated on just who would die at the hands and barb-wired bat of new villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the season 7 premiere.
It was coming for six months — and the show STILL managed to shock fans.
How? With extra innings, that’s how…
The episode opened in the moments immediately following the carnage, with Negan taking Rick (Andrew Lincoln) on a little journey to show him who’s boss.
Thankfully, Rick flashed back to the anticipated scene, giving fans the opportunity/horror to see it for themselves.
The eenie meenie miney moe landed on…
The flat-top military man’s immortal last words before taking one for the team?
“Suck my nuts.”
Badass to the bloody end.
But as sad as it was to see Michael Cudlitz go, the worst was yet to come.
Daryl (Norman Reedus), unable to control his rage at the murder of his friend, lashed out and punched Negan. The killer’s gang of Saviors quickly grabbed him — as did the showrunner’s hands, who swiftly delivered him from death into the safety of fan-favorite-ville.
Rather than kill Daryl in retaliation, Negan chose another victim from the group at random. This time it was…
The post-apocalypse’s best boyfriend and survivor from all the way back in episode one died an even more brutal death.
Negan’s first strike caved in his skull and popped out his eye, leaving him alive just long enough to tell Maggie (Lauren Cohan) he’d find her.
No wonder fans were in such shock!
On the after show, Talking Dead, actor Steven Yeun addressed his character’s fate, which turned out to be the same as that of the comic, saying:
“Personally for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert [Kirkman] wrote such a messed up but at the same time incredible way to take something away ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ to make a story as impactful as it is. You read that comic, you kind of don’t want that to go to anyone else. It’s such an iconic moment and I think I even said, ├óΓé¼╦£Don’t give that to anybody else.’ It’s such a gnarly thing to say but sincerely, living that out was very wild but at the same time, that moment happening and being realized on television in a different medium and to do it in the way that we did it I think is brave and at the same time super affecting. And for me, that was the motivation to be like, ├óΓé¼╦£Yeah, that sounds great.'”
The worst part of being killed off was apparently keeping the secret, which got worse over time. Steven explained:
“Going into it, there was excitement in the sense of when you know something someone else doesn’t know, you’re like, ├óΓé¼╦£Yeah, I know stuff. It’s cool.’ Then after a while you’re like, ‘I don’t like knowing this by myself.’ And then you just dive into a hole after a while because you’re not allowed to say anything. But I’m very lucky to have my castmates and my friends here to bounce my feelings off of or however I’m processing things… It was fun to lie to people for a minute. But after a while you just can’t lie anymore so I just stopped talking to people.”
So sad to see him go.
BTW, Rick did finally kneel before Negan — when faced with having to chop off his own son’s hand!
And that obsequiousness saved the rest of the group, who now apparently work for their greatest villain.
Are YOU OK after watching all that??
[Image via AMC.]