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All signs point to this original Walking Dead character dying when season six returns

**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**

Published 01/12/2015 | 08:26

Here's Daryl, flawlessly slaying in a poncho.
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Left, is Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan. Right, is the comic version of Negan with his bat, named Lucille. Lucille is wrapped in barbed wire and zombie guts for extra measure.

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Do not read if you haven't seen the season six midseason finale Start to Finish, or read predictions based on the comic series.

You have been warned...

"So many people die," The Walking Dead writer and creator Robert Kirkman says of episode nine.

After the lacklustre midseason finale aired, conspicuously missing any major character deaths (RIP Deanna) or any real drama, something's gotta give when the show returns in February.

And all signs point to that something being Daryl Dixon.

After that misdirect over Glenn's dumpster "death", the show needs another shocking exodus to bring it back to life. On The Talking Dead, the prologue clip for episode nine teased the introduction of Negan and his gang, the Saviors, and as fans of the comic know, Glenn meets his maker in their first introduction.

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Left, is Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan. Right, is the comic version of Negan with his bat, named Lucille. Lucille is wrapped in barbed wire and zombie guts for extra measure.

But with Glenn presumably safe, that leaves only a handful of other potential options.

As much as they have broken our hearts over the years, I can't see producers dragging out Glenn's fake death only to kill him two episodes later in the same fate as his comic book character. I can, however, see them deviating once again from the comics, as they have time and time again - e.g., in the comics, Carol is long dead, but Sophia is alive; Andrea is still alive, and oh, Daryl doesn't even exist in the original version.

He was created specifically for the show.

Even more unnerving is Andrew Lincoln telling the Huffington Post earlier this year that he "dropped his script" after reading episode nine. "I think nine is the most crazy episode we've had. I dropped my script when I read it. I was just like, 'Noooo, we're doing that.'

When Rick Grimes lets out an over pronounced "nooo," we know we're in trouble. Remember that time he bit a man's jugular when he threatened Carl? No, the show is not afraid to "go there" when it comes to spectacular deaths.

 

With Glenn safe and Rick resuming his role as the only truly fit leader of Alexandria, it only leaves two original leads left to die. Carol, who Gimple once said is the only character on the show he couldn't kill. "Killing her...we can't do that."

No, we can't, Scott. Similarly, fans have said, "If Daryl dies, we riot." Quite frankly, it's looking like we riot at dawn (on February 15, when The Walking Dead returns to our screens).

Here's a picture of Daryl, flawlessly slaying in a poncho, to make you feel better:

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Side notes after the midseason finale:

  • Is Sam going to ruin it for everybody? Carl killed his own undead mother when he was Sam's age and this kid can't even remember to put his cookies in the bin to avoid ants? And him screaming in the middle of a zombie horde at the end? Ugh, kid, keep it together.
  • Father Gabriel finally stepping up to the plate likely means his death is just around the corner. "No matter what happens, I won't turn around", he says to Rick. You can turn around right into a zombie's face Gabe, because frankly, the show has too many characters right now and no one likes you.

  • Was that really the big Maggie/Glenn reunion we waited for? Yes, they're both alive, which is more than Deanna can say; but it's got nothing on that epic season four moment in the tunnel. I did breathe a sigh of relief when I saw Maggie make it safely to the top of that scaffolding in a nice throwback to Glenn waking up after the prison was ruined in season four. But they're better be something better on the other side of that fence in February.
  • Is anyone else sick of Morgan's pacifism? It's nice in theory, sure, but Aikido isn't exactly the most practical lifestyle choice in a world where strange men (who apparently can't find the time to brush their teeth) break into your community to kill you in a bid to "free" you. Oh, and then takes the only doctor hostage.
     
  • Is this the first time The Walking Dead will have three ongoing threats? Number one is obviously the ever present threat of zombies. Two are the Wolves, who, after teasing their presence as far back as season five, surely they haven't disappeared from the scene after that little tete a tete with the Alexandrians in episode two? Finally, three, are the soon to be introduced Saviours, led by Negan, who makes the Governor look like the kind of man your mother would love to see you settle down with. He's  considered one of the most brutal villains in the comic's history, hence why fans are on the edge of their seat waiting to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan bring him to life on screen.

The Walking Dead returns in mid February. 

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