Spoilers ahead for all seasons of The Walking Dead!
For nearly six years now, The Walking Dead has been thrilling fans with its compelling characters, complex storylines, and over-the-top gore. Now, with its sixth season nearly wrapped up, fans of The Walking Dead are turning their attention to the season finale. Although it’s never been easy to predict what will happen next on The Walking Dead, the season finales usually feature some type of especially shocking revelation or unexpected death that leaves fans wondering how their favorite group of post-apocalyptic survivors will cope. For example, Season 4 ended with Rick and his group being captured by the cannibalistic residents of Terminus, while Season 5 concluded with Rick executing a man in cold blood just as Morgan – an avowed pacifist – arrives on the scene.
And while it’s hard to imagine how the latest finale will outshine those episodes, there are several indications that suggest the Season 6 finale that airs this April 3 will be even more disturbing. So what diabolical plot twists do the showrunners have in store for the fans this season? Here’s everything we’ve learned so far about the upcoming Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead.
1. Negan will make his long awaited appearance
Even fans who aren’t familiar with the comics the show is based on know that Negan is shaping up to be one of the worst villains that Rick’s group will ever encounter. Although we have yet to see him show up in person on the show, his arrival has been teased ever since the midseason finale when Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha were confronted by a group of Saviors who informed them that “your property now belongs to Negan.” Unfortunately for the Saviors, the first piece of property that Daryl turned over was a rocket-propelled grenade.
Rick’s group has since had other confrontations with various members of the Saviors, but Negan (played by Jeffery Dean Morgan) will not make an appearance until the Season 6 finale. According to Steve Yeun (who plays Glenn on the show), Negan will be well worth the wait. “For me, his arrival is awesome,” Yeun told Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve been waiting for this person for a long time, and in the comic books, he in a way brings a level of stakes that are kind of unmatched. And so, for me, for Negan to come into the show is, to say nothing less, f—ing awesome.”
2. A major character will die
Negan’s arrival may be “awesome” as Yeun puts it, but it will also result in the death of a main character. Ironically, in the comics it is Glenn (the character played by Yeun) who is singled out for death by Negan. And while there’s still a chance it could play out the same way on the TV show, The Walking Dead has tended to stray from the comic storyline when it comes to major character deaths. For example, Carol dies early on in the comics, while her daughter Sophia survives. However, the situation is reversed on the TV show.
For this reason, it is widely expected that Negan will murder someone else besides Glenn on the TV show. And while no one knows for sure who Negan’s victim will be, there are signs that suggest either Carol, Daryl, or Maggie will meet a gruesome end in the Season 6 finale. Which brings us to our next point…
3. Whatever happens in the finale is really disturbing
In the comics, Glenn is brutally beaten to death in front of his friends with a barbed wire-covered baseball bat that Negan calls “Lucille.” And while we don’t know if Negan will kill his victim in the same way on The Walking Dead TV show, several cast members have already revealed that the Season 6 finale will be especially sickening. “I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script,” Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) told EW. “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.”
Lauren Cohan (Maggie) was similarly upset by the events that take place in the season finale. “Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day,” Cohan told EW. “It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let’s put it that way.”
It’s not clear whether Lincoln and Cohan were upset by the brutal way Negan kills his victim, or if there is some other aspect of the episode that turned their stomachs. Either way, there’s obviously something very disturbing and horrible that happens in the Season 6 finale.
4. The finale will be an extra 30 minutes long
As if there weren’t already enough signs that the Season 6 finale would be unlike any other episode, EW recently reported that this year’s finale will be 90 minutes long, a full 30 minutes longer than usual. So what will the extra time be used for? Since the episode will introduce Negan as the next big villain, the extra time might be used to give us more details on his background and motivations. Or perhaps the extra time will be utilized for an extended funeral scene for Negan’s victim. (If it is a funeral, we hope it’s something a bit more organized and better attended than Denise’s hasty burial.) In any case, fans will soon find out when the Season 6 finale airs on April 3, 2016.
You can catch The Walking Dead on AMC each Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
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