By now we all know that Glenn and Abraham were the victims of Negan’s wrath on The Walking Dead premiere, but it appears producers did have an alternate fate filmed.
As viewers everywhere know, we finally learned who Negan killed on Sunday’s premiere of The Walking Dead. It was Abraham that lost Negan’s game of “eeny-meeny-miny-moe.” But then Daryl stood up and punched Negan in the face. In a surprise move, Negan then punished the group by killing Glenn, as well.
It was a scene stripped right out of The Walking Dead comic book, right down to Glenn’s popped eyeball. Throughout the episode, Rick reflects on what happened. He even imagines the others in the group taking blows from Negan’s bat, Lucille.
An Alternate Killing
As it turns out, it very well could have been someone else that died. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Producers always planned for Glenn and Abraham to die. But there is footage that shows at least one other cast member dying instead.
On Sunday, with just hours to go before the highly-anticipated premiere, a curious video emerged online. Hosted on YouTube, the clip originally showed up on Reddit. It’s a blurry mess of a video, with a weird bar covering part of the footage. The audio is easy to understand, though.
Glenn Takes a Hit, But Isn’t the Victim
In the video, we see a Glenn on his knees as he cries out, “No, no, no, Negan!” One of the Saviors then knocks Glenn out cold with what looks like the butt of an assault rifle. Negan continues the dialogue we heard at the end of the Season 6 finale. “If anybody moves, if anybody says anything, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father.” He continues on and then swings Lucille mercilessly.
It’s not Abraham that takes the blow, however. It’s Maggie! Negan says the same next line. “Oh, look at that! Takin’ it like a champ!” Maggie looks up at him defiantly and spits out a mouthful of blood. Negan swings again and the clip ends.
As you can imagine, there were quick a few surprised viewers (myself included) who then tuned in to see Abraham, not Maggie take that brutal assault.
The Story Behind the Leak
So where did this video come from? Well, producers had said months ago that they filmed Negan killing every single member of Rick’s group. It was done to keep the real victim’s identity secret. At the time, it seemed they might have been joking. As this footage shows, they clearly weren’t.
So how did it leak online? Some have suggested that AMC could have purposely put it out. Those who seek out those kinds of leaks would then be fooled. It’s entirely possible they did. Still, the low quality of the leak suggests it was done covertly. The question then becomes whether or not the person who uploaded it knew it was a fake-out or not.
Many fans had speculated that both Maggie and Glenn would be killed in the season premiere. They were right to think the producers would follow the comic book and have Negan kill Glenn. They were also correct in thinking a second killing would take place to throw us off our toes. Fortunately, producers had more sense than to show a pregnant woman being brutally murdered on national television.