We still don’t know who died in the terrifying (and for many fans, frustrating) cliffhanger ending of the season 6 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead when new main villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) bashed an unidentified character with his barbed wire baseball bat “lucille”. But we do know, at least, who survived. Now, for the benefit of readers glancing at this on the main page, I won’t say who it is in this paragraph but you can watch for yourself in the clip above, released right after the conclusion of the show’s panel this afternoon at New York Comic-Con. Enjoy – for a given value of enjoyment that includes the threat of looming, hideous disfigurement.
Of course, it goes without saying from this point forward there are spoilers. Continue at your own risk.
Readers of the comic series on which the show is based might have picked up on something significant in this scene. In the comics, Rick Grimes meets with one of his personal worst setbacks early on when he’s captured by The Governor, who lops off one of his hands. The series never included that when it reached The Governor arc, mainly because it would have been a pain to have to VFX actor Andrew Lincoln’s hand away for the rest of the series. But if this scene is telling us what I think it’s telling us, it looks like they’ve decided to go for it. Why else would Negan drag a defiant, and perhaps suicidally angry Rick into the nearby house after tucking an axe into his belt?
Oh, also, Rick. Rick definitely didn’t get his head smashed in by Negan’s bat. Though he was apparently kneeling next to whomever did. Make your guesses in comments!
The content in the clip above was the biggest reveal from today’s panel, attended by Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Scott Gimple, along with cast members Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lennie Jones, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohen, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green and Austin Nichols. Moderated by Chris Hardwick – who, by the way, told the audience today is the 13th anniversary of his decision to stop drinking. Good job! – it was business as usual for a discussion led by the Nerdist founder. Lots of funny stories, plenty of discussion of where the actors think their characters are headed, and even a couple of heartwarming moments, like when Lauren Cohen broke down in tears when the milestone of the show’s 100th episode came up.
It also started with a bang – after a 30-minute delay anyway – when Norman Reedus read a letter penned by Andrew Lincoln, who wasn’t able to attend. “I am inside his mind I am truly sorry not to be with you all today,” the letter said. But to make up for it, Normsky has promised” to read, said Lincoln, every word in the letter.
“I want to apologize to Andrew Lincoln for all the pain and humiliation all these years,” it continued. “The chicken in his trailer… the ongoing glitter war was quite simply unprofessional. I admire him deeply, I secretly wish I was him, and when he’s not here I miss him.” The letter continued with the reveal that copies had been given to other attendees to ensure Reedus read the whole thing, and ended with the command that whomever could answer a question – how many squirrels did Daryl throw at Rick in season one, after finding out Rick had chained Daryl’s brother to a rooftop – would get an item of Reedus’ clothing.
The answer is three, by the way, and the winning audience member got to walk away with Reedus’ hat.
Last but not least, the producers of the show assured fans that they would learn who died in the first moments of the season premiere. Judging from the clip above, that seems accurate.