After six long, agonizing months, The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere has finally come, and we now know you met their end at Negan’s baseball bat.
Well, the day has finally arrived. After six agonizing months, we’ve finally learned who Negan killed at the end of The Walking Dead Season 6 finale. And then some. So what went down in the Season 7 premiere? And how well did it go down? Let’s recap!
WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON!!!
The Beginning We’ve Already Seen
As I predicted, the episode began with the clip shown at New York Comic Con last month and released online shortly thereafter. The scene is after the kill we saw at the tail end of Season 6, but the identity of the victim is not revealed — yet. A shaken but defiant Rick tells Negan that he is going to kill him. Not today, not tomorrow, but he will kill Negan.
Of course, that doesn’t sit well with Negan. The entire point of this exercise was to break Rick’s will, and that clearly hasn’t happened. So Negan takes Rick’s ax and drags him into the RV. Cue the opening credits.
Inside the RV, Negan gives Rick the opportunity to kill him with the ax before revealing that he has a (massive) assault rifle. Instead, Negan drives the RV into a horde of walkers and tosses the ax onto the roof. Negan tells Rick that he, his people, and the ax all belong to him, and then commands Rick to retrieve his ax. He also beckons Rick to think about what has just happened, what could’ve happened, and what might still happen. Then he tosses Rick empty-handed out into the horde.
Rick fights his way through the walkers and manages to climb onto the roof of the RV. As he does so, images of all of his group members flash through his mind. It’s a goofy way of letting the producers stretch out this cliffhanger reveal even longer.
The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For
Finally, after another commercial break, we get to see what happened back at the line up. The unfortunate victim of Negan’s “eenie-meenie-miney-moe” game ended up being Abraham. And good old Abraham does indeed “take it like a champ.” He’s standing taller than the rest to begin with, almost daring Negan to pick him. After the first brutal blow from Negan’s bat, Abraham manages to blurt out “suck my nuts” before Negan turns his skull into Jell-O.
Realizing that Rosita had feelings for Abraham, Negan taunts her. He puts the bloody bat in her face and tells her to look. Daryl has finally had enough and jumps up to punch Negan in the face. Dwight begs Negan to let him kill Daryl right then and there, but Negan tells him, “No, you don’t kill that. Not until you try.”
Instead, out of nowhere, Negan swings Lucille the baseball bat into Glenn’s head. Its easily the most gruesome thing The Walking Dead has ever shown. (And it’s nearly shot-for-shot from the comic book.) Glenn’s skull is visible split in two and one of his eyes has literally popped out. He manages to sputter, “Maggie…I will find you.” Then Negan destroys his skull like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life.
The Destruction of Rick Grimes
The rest of the episode sort of flies by at that point. Negan nudges Rick onward with his assault rifle, and Rick returns to the RV with the ax. They drive back to the rest of the group and Negan orders Rick to chop off Carl’s arm. If he refuses, Negan’s men will kill everyone else there, then invade Alexandria and kill everyone there, as well.
At last, Rick raises his arm to make the ax blow, but Negan stops him. There’s no need for Rick to actually go through with it — the fact that he was willing to do so proves that Rick is broken.
Negan and his men leave, promising to return in one month for their first offering. They take Daryl with them as a prisoner. Maggie insists on continuing on to the Hilltop alone, but Sasha goes with her. Rick and the others collect Abraham and Glenn’s bodies and return to Alexandria. As Rick drives away in the RV, he spots a lone walker come to feast on Glenn and Abraham’s brains.
At Least That’s Over Now
All in all, I’ve got to say, the whole thing was something of a let down. Yes, the deaths were somewhat shocking, but after six months of fan deliberation, it was also kind of expected. Was the gore too much? I don’t know. I think in a way, it needed to be. The point was for Negan to be proven as the worst possible villain we’ve ever seen. If it hadn’t been so graphic, I don’t think we or Rick’s people would have learned that lesson.