“The Walking Dead” Season 6 midseason finale ended on quite the cliffhanger. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the other Alexandria survivors were put in a difficult situation when the clock tower knocked down the wall. Only one character bit the dust – but multiple lives were left hanging in the balance as walkers entered the former safe haven.
New episodes don’t air until Feb. 14, 2016, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about what will happen next. Although the AMC series doesn’t exactly follow Robert Kirkman’s “Walking Dead” graphic novels, clues about the final eight episodes of Season 6 may lie within the pages of the comics.
To help pass time before the midseason premiere, we’ve rounded up eight game-changing characters that are not featured in “The Walking Dead” comics. However, be warned that spoilers from the graphic novels are included!
Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) may have formed Alexandria, but that didn’t make her immune from the walkers. She was bit during the midseason finale and sacrificed herself in order to take down a couple of zombies.
What some may not realize is that the character doesn’t exist in the comics. Instead, a man named Douglas is the leader of Alexandria. Deanna replaced Douglas on the AMC series, but it’s still important to look at Douglas’ death in the graphic novels. Like Deanna, Douglas gets bit by a walker when the wall falls. He tries to take a number of them down with his gun, but quickly gets consumed by the dead. In the process, he accidentally shoots Carl (Chandler Riggs) in the eye.
“Walking Dead” viewers didn’t see Deanna’s body, but one would assume that she’s dead. This could either spare Carl from getting a bullet in his eye – or another character might carry out the job.
When fans last saw Sam (Major Dodson) he was covered in walker guts and calling out for his mom, Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge), as the group attempted to make their way into the zombie-infested streets of Alexandria. Fans immediately assumed that Sam’s fear would alert the zombies, however, the episode ended before anything could happen.
Surprisingly, Sam doesn’t exist in the comics. Instead, Jessie only has one son, Ron (Austin Abrams). In the graphic novels, Ron starts to panic, just like Sam, when they begin to quietly sneak past the walkers in the streets. The walkers sense Ron, which compromises Rick’s plan to make a clean getaway. Ron gets attacked, but his mom refuses to let go of him. When Jessie puts Carl’s life at risk, Rick is forced to cut off her arm to save him.
Ron does exist in the comics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this plotline could play out. However, Rick would do anything to protect Carl – and it’s a double whammy since Carl is holding onto his sister, baby Judith.
Despite learning a little bit about her backstory earlier this season, Enid (Katelyn Nacon) is still a big mystery to “Walking Dead” fans. When we last saw her she was with Glenn (Steven Yeun) watching the wall fall. Enid immediately gave up hope, but Glenn encouraged her to help him fight for those that took her in. She’s currently still alive, but since the character doesn’t exist in the comics, anything is possible.
Tara does exist in the comics, but she’s not the same lovable character that “Walking Dead” viewers know. In the comics she’s part of Negan’s group called the Saviors. Anything that happens next with her will be completely new and different from the graphic novels.
News broke in November that the AMC series would be introducing actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the big bad comic book villain named Negan. Viewers won’t meet him until the Season 6 finale, but one of his men has already made his way on screen. Wade (Darin Cooper) appears to be Negan’s right hand man. We don’t know too much about him except for the fact that he seems to be doing Negan’s bidding by chasing after survivors and shaking people down for supplies.
In the comics, readers encounter many members of Negan’s group – but Wade isn’t one of them. The character is completely unpredictable and potentially deadly.
“The Walking Dead” Season 6 midseason premiere airs on AMC on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 9 p.m. EST. What do you think will happen? Tweet your thoughts to @AmandaTVScoop and follow for more news and theories.