Speculation About Which “The Walking Dead” Character Bit the Dust at the End of Season Six

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Like many fans of “The Walking Dead,” I was left perturbed by a season six finale that left the identity of the major character killed off in the final scene uncertain. I nonetheless cannot resist speculation about who bit the dust at the end of “Last Day on Earth.”

For the purposes of this discussion, I will break down the eleven characters who were made to kneel down before Negan into three groups. One consists of those for whom it can be said it is almost a certainty that they will number among the living when the series resumes next season. I will call it “Group 1.” “Group 3” numbers characters who would appear to have the greatest chance of being the one who lost the ultimate game of “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe.” In the second group are those who fall somewhere in between.

Group 1

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As I mentioned in another post on the program, Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, has always been the heart of the show. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is “The Walking Dead’s” most popular character. Although I have never found the character of Carl Grimes, portrayed by Chandler Riggs, to be of  particular interest, I have always assumed that those behind the series consider the father/son dynamic between Rick and Carl to be too valuable in terms of future storytelling possibilities to give up. I think it is safe to assume the season six finale did not mean the last day on earth for Rick, Daryl or Carl.

Group 2

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With Maggie Greene, played Lauren Cohan, becoming pregnant and assuming leadership of the core group of survivors, the show seems to have big plans for her, Glenn Rhee, (Steven Yeun) and their baby. I could not see either Glenn or Maggie having been chosen by Negan.

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It was only this season that Sgt. Abraham Ford, portrayed by Michael Cudlitz, went from being nothing more than an anti-military stereotype to a believable figure. I would be shocked if he were gone after all the recent development the audience saw in Ford’s character. His romance with Sasha Williams, played by Sonequa Martin,  has just gotten off the ground. She is probably safe since “The Walking Dead” has to be aware the viewers will want to see where it goes.

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Michonne (Danai Gurira) is a popular character and has an undeniable cool factor about her. Her relationship with Rick, which sprang up completely out of the blue and so was a bit cheesy, is also new to the series and so as of yet unexplored. I doubt Michonne is going anywhere.

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Dr. Eugene Porter, portrayed by Josh McDermitt, is a character who just came into his own this season. He has become one of the more interesting characters on the show. It would be silly to kill him off now.

Group 3

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Aaron, played by Ross Marquand, has been, for all intents and purposes, invisible this season. Fans of the show have not been given even the slightest hint of what could be in store for him in the show’s future. His murder would be the least upsetting to the fans. However, because he is one of the three homosexual characters on the show, he could be safe. More on this later.

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Rosita Espinosa, (Christian Serratos), had not much of a role to play in this season. Now that she has been dumped by Sgt. Ford, she, like Aaron, could be killed off without any interruption to the direction “The Walking Dead” seems to be heading. Serratos has performed well in her role and is a rare beauty. Male viewers would certainly miss the site of her fighting zombies in tight jeans. Nonetheless, Rosita is the best bet to have met Negan’s, “Lucille” up, close and personal.

The Politics of “The Walking Dead”

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There are not many shows that have worked as hard to earn what I called in another post on this blog “politically correct merit badges” than “The Walking Dead.” It is for this reason one cannot discount the possible influence of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) on the decision the show made about which of the eleven major characters to kill off.

Some who read this will think I am going for satire when I state that some see racism, sexism and homophobia in the particular characters that are killed off on television shows. I am not. The fact of the matter is that the actual statements and actions of Social Justice Warriors have gotten so bizarre that satirizing them is no longer possible. No satirist could think of anything more absurd than the SJW reality we face in 2016.

No peer review research study has ever been published to backup the claim that women, minorities and homosexuals are killed off at a disproportional rate on television. No matter. The Left has always been motivated more by their hearts and emotions than their brains and facts. It does no good to point out that the television industry is dominated by Leftist who worship at the alter of political correctness. The same goes for the fact that dumb, ignorant, clownish TV characters as well as television villains are almost solely white males.

If those behind “The Walking Dead” wished to appease the SJWs, the character whacked by Negan will have to have been a white male. If this is the case, it will be either Abraham or Eugene. One critic astutely noticed that during the season finale, the person who is killed straightens up just before the deadly blows begin to rain down. Since we see Abraham straighten up when Negan stands in front of him earlier in the episode, the critic concluded that the show depicted Abraham’s last day on earth. However, this entire season, or at least a large part of it, has been about  Eugene finally standing up and walking tall. He might have been him who “stood” tall one last time.  I will be disappointed if either one of these characters is the one who had his number called.

The fall TV season will be a long time coming. We will just have to wait to see if any of us who made guesses about the identity of the murdered character were right. At least we have new installments of “Fear the Walking Dead” to watch.

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The American Left’s Belief that Ideas are Dangerous is Very Scary

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The belief that ideas themselves are dangerous is a theme in American politics which has been growing in importance for some time. It is a cherished ideal of the American Left. It is also a belief all reasonable people should find very scary.

“Angry Republicans”

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For the last seven and a half years the Left has pushed a narrative of angry Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama and have been saying and writing “dangerous” things (“hate speech”) and espousing “dangerous” political ideas. Implied in the narrative is the notion that if Hillary Clinton does not win the next election we will instead have a Republican president who is a racists, sexist, homophobe who wants the homeless and poor people in general to suffer while dying a slow death.

The Thought Police

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The concept that ideas can be dangerous is actually very scary. One example are “hate crimes.” If a person murders someone for money they receive a certain amount of jail time. In some states, someone who is convicted of the exact same murder will receive many additional years of prison if they were motivated to commit the crime by hatred of a particular group of people. This means that individuals are being kept behind bars for what goes on inside their heads. The thought police have arrived and are prosecuting people for thought crimes.

The insanity of thought crimes can be easily seen in the example of a case that worked its way through the justice system not long ago. A man was arrested for a series of muggings of gay men. He admitted that he was singling out homosexuals and was charged with hate crimes. However, he said he only robbed gays because he assumed there was less chance they would fight back. Should he have been charged with a hate crime even though he did not act out of a hatred of homosexuals?

Attacks on Free Speech

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The notion that ideas can be dangerous also plays out in the Left’s attacks against free speech. The Left justifies speech codes that restrict free speech on university campuses because of this notion. The same can be said for efforts that have been made to bar Conservative speakers from addressing college students and shouting down those that have made it on campus and tried to speak.

Donald Trump

bigger3.jpgIn the last several months Leftist have made a concerted effort to, in their own words, “shut down” Donald trump’s campaign events. They wish to deny Trump the right to speak and his audience the chance to hear him. The protestors argue that it is dangerous to allow Trump to speak and his audience to listen.

Another manifestation of this twisted logic is the Left’s belief that people who dare to do things such as speak out in opposition to gay marriage should not just be fired from their jobs but be blacklisted and never be able to work again. Many examples of people which this has happen to could be cited.

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I wish I could be optimistic and suggest that one day the American Left will realize that believing Conservative beliefs are dangerous is just as bad as the McCarthyism and blacklists of the 1950s. I would be lying if I wrote this. One day the question may be asked: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a Conservative.”

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Enter Negan: Thoughts on “The Walking Dead” Season 6, Episode 16: “Last Day on Earth”

In my review of last week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” I predicted, based upon all the media hype, that the 16th installment of season 6 of “The Walking Dead” (“Last Day on Earth”), “will be one for the history books.” I was wrong, but it was still enjoyable television.

The Saviors’ Organization Makes them Especially Scary

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The first sound we hear when the installment begins is the whistle of the Saviors. It was eerie when we first heard it earlier in the season. Each time the sound met our ears during the season finale it was even more so. One of the two functions the whistle serves is communication. We first became aware of the advanced level of communication used by the Saviors when we heard their radio traffic in the thirteenth episode of this season, “The Same Boat.” As “The Last Day on Earth” moved toward its culmination we learn, in stages, that the Saviors level of communication is very advanced. It reflects a sophisticated organized crime outfit run with military precision. Could Negan be ex-military? It would not surprise me if we learn this next season because, as I have mentioned in comments on a different episode this season, Leftists like those who populate the television industry typically hate the military and hold a negative opinion of all those connected with it.

Morgan’s Horse

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Watching someone ride a horse in a zombie apocalypse made for some very interesting visuals. Lennie James’ acting alongside the horse was so natural that I suspect that he became a horseman before becoming an actor.

Hanging Walker

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The walker making a racket at the library brought to mind one of the more interesting philosophical aspects of a zombie apocalypse. The man obviously hung himself because he did not want to live in his new circumstance. Suicide as escape from the awful existence of a zombie infested world is a topic that has been rarely touched upon in “The Walking Dead” and other zombie television shows and movies. However, in a world where all civilization has fallen apart, one imagines that some would struggle just to find a reason to want to live. With not many exceptions, the goals and dreams the characters on “The Walking Dead” set for themselves ceased to be obtainable after zombies turned the world upside down. Working toward our goals and dreams is what we live for. Many of the characters on the series would likely need more reason to live than simply not wanting to die. I would love to see more of how the show’s main characters work through this internal dynamic. Hopefully the procreation theme we have seen this last season is just the beginning of a depiction of how the characters craft a life worth living.

The Knights of the Zombie Apocalypse

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About two thirds of the way through the episode we discover that the equine Morgan has been riding belongs to one of two men who appear on the scene after Morgan saves Carol Peletier, portrayed by Melissa McBride, from being murdered. Because one of them is mounted and carrying a pike, a similar weapon to a lance or spear, and both are wearing athletic pads which looked like armor, the men reminded me of medieval historical reenactors.

I have often thought that a group of military reenactors would make interesting characters in a zombie apocalypse television show or movie. They would be trained in tactics and the use of weapons, own firearms, be able to fight as a unit and have a higher chance of survival than the average person. Are these two mysterious men part of a group that has adopted the code of chivalry and fight like the knights of old?

No Need for a Ninety Minute Installment

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The Morgan and Carol  plot and the travels of the core group of survivors in the SUV were too drawn out. Both should have been cut down. I can think of no reason for “The Last Day on Earth” to have been ninety minutes other than that it allowed the show to squeeze in more commercials than would  have been possible in a usual sixty minute episode.

Whistling Through the Graveyard

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Twice in the first hour of “Last Day on Earth” Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest drive, or walk, into what appeared to be obvious ambushes though neither one was any such thing. As the installment winds down our heroes literally walk right into a trap. That seasoned survivors would conduct themselves in such a way defied belief. Why were not small, nimble scout vehicles traveling at a good distance in front and in the rear of the SUV? When the bunch set out of foot how come a point man was not sent out ahead, a person was left to trail behind and flankers sent out to either side? Such an arrangement would have prevented their easy capture by the Saviors.

Walker of the Week

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Most every installment this season featured what I call the “Walker of the Week.” This week’s particularly wonderful walker was the zombie strolling along with a large tree branch stuck clear through him.

Enter Negan

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It was only in the last twenty-three minutes of the episode, when Rick and his group get taken prisoner and Negan thereafter makes his grand entrance, that “Last Day on Earth” got really good. Prior to that time not all that much happen of interest.

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It came as no surprise that a white man was cast as Negan. As I mentioned in comments on an earlier installment this season, 100% of the top tier villains on the show have been white and only two have been women. People in television believe in diversity when it comes to casting minorities as admirable persons. No reasonable person should have a problem with this. However, diversity goes out the window when villainous characters are cast.

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This being said, I must say that tapping Jeffrey Dean Morgan to play Negan was brilliant casting. Morgan is one of the finest actors working today. He was terrific in the movie “The Watchmen,” the television drama” Magic City” and the miniseries “Texas Rising.” If he can be judged by his debut last night, he should prove to be the most popular bad guy in the history of “The Walking Dead.”

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The lines written for Negan were chilling. His look was that of a rock star and he possesses charisma to a degree that one could understand how he could gather such a large following of underlings. Negan’s barbed wire wrapped bat “Lucille” was a most frightening weapon for a most frightening man.

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With Negan it is “just business” and “not personal.” That he comes across as calm, cool and collected makes him more scary. If he were completely out of his mind he would seem like a less formidable villain because he could be counted on the make some sort of crazy mistake that would be his undoing.

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On “The Walking Dead” it has always been true that the living are more dangerous than the dead. This season things have been taken to a new level. Six years after the zombie apocalypse the weak are all dead. The only ones left are those who have the strongest survival skills and will to live. For such people zombies have become little more than a minor nuisance. Negan’s coming means zombies are now almost an afterthought. In a sense it was the last day on earth for all of the core group of characters because the earth as they knew it before Negan  is no more.

A Cheap Ending

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When writing on this season, I have mentioned some cheap gimmicks the show has employed. Leaving us unsure as to which major character is killed by Negan at the very end of the episode was another one. It bears repeating that one of the most successful series in cable history does not have to stoop so low. Doing so was a slap in the face of the legion of loyal viewers who have made “The Walking Dead” a cash cow for many of those associated with it.

Fortunately, the last portion of the show was so good that it evened the episode out and made for what was an enjoyable season finale overall. Next season the show will have to take a new direction. The possibilities seem endless. Are you just as excited as I am for season seven?

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Additional Images from the Episode

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