Warning: Spoilers Ahead for The Walking Dead Season Seven!
So, heading into the midseason finale, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding the current storylines in The Walking Dead. People are wondering what Michonne is getting into, where Jesus has gone, if Negan will hurt Rick’s family, and who in the hell could’ve given Daryl that note.
One thing that fans seem to have figured out however, is the inevitable fate of Spencer.
Spencer has been getting a little big for his britches over the last couple of weeks, and he’s doing whatever he can to knock Rick out of a leadership position. In the last episode in ASZ - ‘Go Getters’ - Spencer was seen challenging Rick face to face. Last week, Spencer had a similar conversation with Father Gabriel in the car. While on a supply run, the man told the priest that he hated Rick, and that he shouldn't be allowed to lead anymore.
Unfortunaely for Spencer, this storyline is a carbon copy of one that occurred at a similar time in the comics.
What happened in the books - and what's likely to happen this week - is that Spencer finally decides to do something about his hatred for Rick. Instead of whining about it, the guy actually presents a solution to Negan. Before Rick gets back to Alexandria, Spencer tells the villain that they could work together. He would sell out Rick, take control of Alexandria, and be a loyal partner to Negan.
While some might think Negan would be into this idea, he likes Rick more than you give him credit for. Negan tells Spencer that he can't lead because he has no guts, but changes his mind when he slits the man's stomach open and proves that he does, in fact, have guts.
The show has laid the ground work for this story, and it's likely to come to fruitition in this episode. It makes sense in terms of story arc, and goes a long way in terms of adding to the shock factor surrounding Negan's actions. This keeps the villain from being predictable.
ComicBook.com's Walking Dead Insider Brandon Davis also thinks now is a good time for Spencer to go. Not only does he think it fits Negan's character, but that Spencer has outlived his worth at this point.
"The writing has been on the wall all season long for Spencer. The moment he started to question Rick's leadership, we knew his comic book death would be realized on television. The kid shows no loyalty to anybody and wants what is best for himself. Negan will shut that down as he does all things that break his rules."
When tonight's episode ends, don't expect Spencer to still be standing.
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