The day has finally come. The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere and six months of mystery, guessing, and gasping at the thought is over. We know who Negan killed.
Major spoilers for The Walking Dead's Season 7 premiere follow.
In a twisted, possibly darkest episode of The Walking Dead, Negan brought his bat down on not one but two members of Rick's group.
The vicious game of eeny-meeny-miney-moe ended up with Abraham Ford being, "it." Abe perched himself up proudly just as Negan delivered the first blow to his head with Lucille. Before dying, Abe managed to squeeze in one last Abe-ism and insult Negan, prompting the "Taking it like a champ!" line first delivered in the Season 6 finale. From here, Negan turns Abraham's head to mush on the ground.
It could have been over and done with there but Daryl Dixon was not interested in wathcing Rosita be subjected to her ex-boyfriend's blood on a bat. The already-injured Daryl makes a move on Negan but is quickly handled by Dwight and others.
The first one was free. This one wasn't.
Negan marched over to Daryl and raised Lucille over his head but instead of cracking Daryl's skull, he unleashed his swings on Glenn's skull. The moments from Robert Kirkman's comics were realized as Glenn called out for his wife Maggie in his final moments and Negan mocked his eye popping out of his skull before finishing him off.
Speaking to Glenn actor Steven Yeun at New York Comic Con, the actor revealed just how sad it is to say goodbye to cast members. "It's always a bummer," Yeun said.
As for how the victims were selected, the choice was made a long time ago, according to executive producer Greg Nicotero.
"That decision was made last year before we ever even got into the finale," Nicotero said. "That story, that was all sort of broken within the writers room. If you look back at the history of our show, the death of every single character has provided us with an opportunity to change the direction of the show. Even as far back as Shane and Lori and Hershel and Tyreese and Beth. The show is inherently different after each one of those people was killed. In this instance, the introduction of Negan and the death of this person, it really does provide us with a pretty substantial course change because that's really what the season was leading up to last year."
Daryl Dixon actor, Norman Reedus, wasn't too thrilled about the losses.
"It's hard, always, to say goodbye to people on the show," Reedus said. "Some characters it's harder to say goodbye to than others. Both of those characters are so important to the show and they're very well respected with the other actors and they're all good friends of ours. It's always hard but, when it's certain characters, it's really hard."
No more Abraham. No more Glenn.
Following the premiere of The Walking Dead's seventh season, ComicBook.com will be live with Dwight actor Austin Amelio for a recap of the brutal episode and a look into the future of the series on After the Dead.
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