The season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead is scheduled for this Sunday, October 23rd. Most of us have taken a hiatus from ruminating over who Neegan clubbed to death, but now with fall in our midst and less than a week to go, the jarring Season 6 Finale once again enters our consciousness and we ask ourselves the ultimate question; “Who Is It?”
In deconstructing the Season 6 Finale, I have concluded that it is either Abraham or Aaron who received the mortal blows from Neegan and Lucille. Here is a summery of my reasoning:
None of the female characters could have fallen victim to Lucille because Abraham’s character would not have been able to sit idly by as Sasha, Rosita, Maggie or Michonne was repeatedly battered by Neegan. Abraham would have had a knee-jerk reaction and intervened on behalf of the ladies, without a doubt. In fact, I think he would have had that same knee-jerk reaction had Neegan began beating Daryl, Eugene, or Glen. We know Neegan spared Rick and Carl because he said so in “If anyone moves, take the kid’s other eye out and feed it to his dad.”
The only person I believe Abraham may not have had that reaction to is Aaron. And what was Aaron doing there anyways? He seemed, well, superfluous. Aaron was just a little too gung-ho that day when he insisted on being Rick’s “wing-man”, and Rick really didn’t protest. Couldn’t Aaron have better served his community by staying behind and helping out on the home front of Alexandria? I think Aaron was allowed to join the others as the scapegoat. And sadly, I think we could recover from his loss. Don’t misunderstand me; Aaron is a great guy, and I’ve totally warmed up to his character in season 6. But would we miss him the way we’d miss the other kneeling cast members? I think not. So Aaron is a likely candidate to meet his end via Neegan., along with Abraham who seemed ready to “lay on the grenade.” He and Michonne were really the only two characters strong enough to intervene on behalf of their comrades, and they even postured as if to say, “Fine, take me, I’m ready.” But the show needs a strong woman, and with Carol compromised, Michonne has to remain alive.
Of course, this could all just be wishful thinking on my part, which leads me to wonder, could it still possibly be Glenn? We all know by now that in the comic book version of TWD, Eeny-meeny-miny-mo lands on Glenn, and he is the recipient of multiple head blows from Lucille But my gut just says it’s not him. Wishful thinking, perhaps, but I have to go with my gut. Then there is the slight possibility that instead of Glenn, they sacrifice Maggie, and leave the entire clan so utterly devastated as to not be able to function. I honestly can’t go down that road, so I’ll stop here.
And Daryl Dixon? Like Abraham, Daryl would have reflexively intervened to save any of his friends’ lives. But he was compromised with a gunshot wound to his shoulder and wasn’t his old sturdy self. But could Neegan’s “you are it” have landed on Daryl? I still say no way. The show’s ratings would plummet and TWD’s fan base would drop by at least 50%. I just can’t believe the powers-that-be would let that happen.
So I’ll wait it out ‘till Sunday evening on October 23rd and watch as it’s revealed, and at last we’ll have our answer to “Who is it?” I’m ready. Bring it on.