Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead!
Fans of The Walking Dead are very accustomed to losing their favorite characters. Between the threat of zombies and a never-ending stream of sociopathic antagonists, it often seems like anyone could die at any moment. So far, in Season 7, we’ve lost a handful of beloved characters to Negan’s wrath. And it’s likely that the latter half of the season will be an even bigger bloodbath, since Rick and his friends look ready to go to war.
Sometimes, it’s a huge shock when a Walking Dead character bites the dust. Other times, we can see it coming, thanks in large part to the comic book series on which AMC’s show is based. Given everything we know about the stories that are still coming, and what some of the actors will be up to in the future, here are the characters that are least likely to make it through Season 7 alive.
Sasha has already been through the ringer during her time on The Walking Dead. She struggled to keep it together after losing her brother and her boyfriend to zombie bites in relatively quick succession. Then, she had to watch her almost-boyfriend, Abraham, get bludgeoned to death by Negan. All of these horrific events have proven what a survivor Alexandria’s resident sniper truly is. Unfortunately, her luck may be running out.
It’s difficult to predict when or why Sasha may meet her end, because her character doesn’t exist in Robert Kirkman’s comics. But we did recently get a pretty significant clue that Sonequa Martin-Green, who portrays Sasha in the series, could be on her way out. She was recently cast as the lead in CBS All Access’s new series, Star Trek: Discovery. While it’s possible that she’ll be pulling double duty — other supporting actors on TWD have done so in the past — it’s hard to believe she’ll have the time to do so.
Rosita Espinosa has emerged as one of the strongest resistance leaders against Negan in Season 7 of The Walking Dead. While Rick and many other Alexandrians have bowed to the Saviors’ will, she’s been working behind-the-scenes to find any way she can to bring their leader down. So, in a very basic sense, she’s already a moving target, especially now that she’s delivered a nearly-fatal blow to Negan’s prized Lucille. Now that the group has found its fighting spirit, we’re likely to see an all-out war before the season’s end, and Rosita is always up for a fight. If Negan gets a chance to avenge his girl, it’s hard to imagine he won’t take it.
Even if Rosita does manage to escape Negan’s wrath, there could be another threat on the horizon. In the comics, she loses her life in a particularly gruesome way after a run-in with the Whisperers. And thus far, TWD has followed its source material pretty closely, so we could easily see her unfortunate demise play out that way.
In the realm of in-the-background Alexandrians, Tobin has definitely enjoyed his fair share of character development. Heck, he even got a brief little romance with Carol. But at this point, he’s likely living on borrowed time — at least if you consider The Walking Dead‘s law of averages.
He’ll likely pull his weight as the Safe Zone ramps up and prepares for battle, but he still hasn’t had much of a chance to test his mettle in the real world of zombies and seriously evil antagonists. In the comics, Tobin has already left us — he was gorily dismembered when walkers penetrated the wall. The question isn’t so much if Carol’s former flame will die — it’s when, how, and whether she’ll get a chance to say a proper goodbye.
When we first met Gregory, he was creepy — and it seemed questionable that he’d been able to sustain the Hilltop Colony, given many of his leadership decisions. These days? Still creepy and still pretty questionable, if we’re being honest. In fact, Maggie is a decidedly better leader than he has ever shown himself to be, even when she’s sick and grieving. It seems inevitable that Mrs. Rhee will step up and become the rightful figurehead of Gregory’s settlement, but even though he’s already showing signs that he may bend to her will, it’s hard to imagine him giving up the reins completely. In the comics, he sure doesn’t — and he ends up meeting a grisly end as a result. We’ll have to see if it shakes out similarly on-screen, but it’s a safe bet that if Maggie ends up in charge, it will be over Gregory’s dead body.
If we’re going by body count alone, the Saviors are sitting pretty good at the midpoint of Season 7. After Rick and company’s massacre late in Season 6, they’ve managed to keep their ranks more or less intact. Of course, they haven’t faced any real threat to their dominion, either — and that’s definitely about to change. When it does, it’s safe to say that team Negan will suffer some pretty big losses. And since we know the man himself is going to live to see another season, some of his most prominent lieutenants will likely end up dying in his stead.
That leaves Simon, who’s done a lot of his boss’s dirty work thus far. We don’t know all that much about Negan’s right-hand man, other than that he seems to find real joy in exploiting the other colonies. Maybe we’ll learn a bit more about him before he bites the dust.
The Walking Dead has drawn a pretty clear line in the sand as far as the Saviors are concerned: They’re not good people. The few that do voice any qualms about their leader’s methods end up subjugated or summarily executed. The ones who fall in line are complicit in brutal murder. So if someone is prepared to say, “I’m Negan,” it means that they are signing away a part of their humanity.
Having said all this, you still have to feel at least a little bad for Dwight. He fought hard to resist the oppressive rule, and lost his dignity, his wife, and half his face in the process. Plus, his days are now likely numbered, since Daryl has managed to escape his captivity. Given the back-and-forth dynamic between the two characters, it seems inevitable that they will have one last showdown. Daryl has shown he can forgive, but he’s not going to forget what the Saviors, and Dwight specifically, put him through.
It’s hard to know what to make of Enid. For a while there, she took on the mantle of being The Walking Dead‘s most angsty teen. But since Glenn’s death, she’s really come into her own as a strong and courageous ally to Maggie. That being said, this series loves to take down characters after they’ve completed an impressive transformation and have a tendency to use one character’s death to motivate another into action.
Now that Enid has become an essential part of both Maggie and Carl’s life, Enid could sadly end up being more of a catalyst for their glory than for her own. Since she isn’t represented in the comic books, it’s even harder to predict what her future could hold on TWD — but if she ends up being one of many casualties in the war between the Saviors, Alexandria, the Kingdom, and Hilltop, it won’t be a surprise.
When AMC began promoting The Walking Dead‘s seventh season, there was one pretty big surprise for non-comic readers — and that was the fact that their favorite zombie apocalypse series now featured a tiger. Shiva is certainly an impressive addition to TWD, but there are many reasons why she likely won’t be a long-term fixture on the show.
Practically, it probably costs a lot to bring her to life using CGI. While huge cats are super cool, her novelty has already sort of worn off. And it’s hard to imagine her serving a huge role long term when there’s so much else going on in the series right now. But perhaps the biggest indication that this cat is nearing the end of her nine lives is the fact that in the comics, she dies a valiant and heroic death trying to protect Ezekiel.
Fans of the comic series were pretty excited to learn that Ezekiel would be making his debut in Season 7 of The Walking Dead. The charismatic and sometimes overly dramatic leader of the Kingdom hasn’t yet played all that big of a role in the series’s major story, though it’s only a matter of time before he does. Sadly, his increased presence may also signal the beginning of the end of his reign. Readers know that while Ezekiel stuck around for quite some time in the comics, he eventually went head-to-head with the Whisperers and lost. It’s possible that TWD‘s showrunners will change his trajectory, since we haven’t really had a chance to see what he can do yet. But it’s equally likely that they’ll keep his sudden demise in play to keep fans on their toes.
The littler Grimes has come a long way since his days as the kid who couldn’t follow directions to save his life. Carl has transformed from a headstrong little boy to a courageous and principled young man. Whether he’s crossing enemy lines to give Negan a piece of his mind or trying to strategize the best way to take the Saviors down, Carl is now an undisputed essential part of what makes The Walking Dead work. But he may not be around forever.
The comic book counterpart is still alive and (mostly) well, but the TV show’s creators may be cooking up a surprise change in his story. Chandler Riggs, who’s played Carl since day one, recently announced that he’s been accepted to college — and if he chooses to take some time for his education, that may mean he’ll part ways with The Walking Dead for good. His mother recently addressed the departure rumors, but fell short of completely shutting them down. And that could spell doom for Rick’s beloved son.
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