As Grainger noted, last night’s Walking Dead return was absolutely spectacular, highlighted by a couple of particularly fantastic Daryl Dixon saves. First, the obligatory ***Spoiler Warning: this post discusses events through the current Season 6 episode, so if you’re not caught up, back on out.***
Before I get on with Gimple and Company’s epic trolldom, let me please throw in a shoutout to Norman Reedus’ glorious Daryl Dixon. Swapping out his standard crossbow with an RPG made for two of “No Way Out’s” best moments, and Reedus owned them both, confidently saving most (if not all) his friends’ lives. Thinking back to that delusional time Daryl was trapped near a creek with nothing but a pep-talk from his vision-brother to push him through a near-death experience, it’s impossible not to see how far Daryl has come.
On to the silliness…I don’t know about you, but when we hit the part of the episode where Glenn (Steven Yeun) sends Enid (Katelyn Nacon) to rescue Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and he makes the idiot move of trying to draw the walkers away, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. Not that Glenn isn’t just the sort of dude who would sacrifice himself to save his wife — he absolutely is — but that the writers were again setting up Glenn as a walker wafer actually left me chuckling to myself. Not for one second did I believe Rhee to be in true danger, although admittedly, I wasn’t sure who would get him out of that precarious position. This being the second time the show has teased Glenn’s death, we should certainly expect the third to be the charm.
***Comic Spoiler ahead, swipe to read: As many of you —readers or not — already know, Glenn is fated to die by Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hand, specifically, by his trusty barbed-wire wrapped bat, “Lucille.” End Spoiler***
I’m not sure what to make of their fantabulous trollery, but the best way to have the last laugh on us would be to have Glenn live forever. That said, a couple of cast members recently spoke about reading the Season 6 finale script, and here’s a final ***Possible Spoiler Warning, if you don’t want to read what they said.
Are you gone yet?
So, speaking about how they felt after seeing the as-yet-untitled, Greg Nicotero directed script, Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan gave the following statements:
“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script. It was the first day in the whole six years of working on The Walking Dead that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.” (Lincoln)
“[Hearing] the word ‘finale’ gives me a physical reaction because it’s the hardest day on set that I’ve ever had in my life. I never even imagined that as an actor you could have that experience. It’s one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had. Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let’s put it that way.” (Cohan)
As we know from when Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s casting announcement was made, Negan will first be seen in the Series 6 finale. And, as we know from the ***Comic Spoilers***, swipe ahead to read: When the group meets Negan, the leader of the Saviors, he tells them he’s going to kill one of them in retribution for the Saviors Rick’s group killed, and beats Glenn to death with Lucille.. ***End Comic Spoilers
Unless the writers are going for the long con, and they’ve twice cried wolf just to pull a last minute switcheroo on us — as Grainger speculates — I’d say we’re in for a Glenn-blood soaked finale. While it’s possible Gimple’s amusing trolling extends to very particularly choosing Cohan to share her impressions about the finale, I think his “hard left turn from the comic” comment may still culminate the way the strikes are leading us.
“And if you have read the comics, there are a lot of moments directly out of the book when it comes to the Saviors. And then some really cool expansions of the comic story. And hard left turns from the comic story that do eventually wind up with a lot of very familiar small scenes from the book and big scenes from the book.
Either way, Mr. Gimple, I tip my hat to your pranksterish trolling, and anxiously await that sickening finale.