With just weeks to go until AMC begins the second half of Season 6 of “The Walking Dead,” the cast and crew are getting together to tease fans with some grim details about what to expect. With the group’s biggest adversary about to be introduced on the show, fans should strap themselves in and prepare to bid farewell to some of their favorite characters.
As previously reported, “The Walking Dead” will introduce the comic book villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to the series in the final episode of Season 6. His group of followers, called the Saviors in the comic books, have already been introduced on the series by way of a teaser clip released after the recent midseason finale. It’s been revealed that they will wreak havoc on some of the survivors prior to their leader’s introduction. With Negan, his group and countless walkers on the prowl, things have never been worse for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the survivors he’s tasked with helping.
In a new promo video for the show’s return, star Norman Reedus makes it very clear that the good guys won’t win every battle in the latter half of Season 6.
“There are some large things that happen to us in the back half, and we don’t all survive and we don’t all take it very well," he said.
The loss of main characters is nothing new on the often-violent drama, but with a new villain in town, the stakes are getting much higher. It’s one thing to see a beloved character fall victim to walkers and circumstance, but it’s something entirely new when it’s a villain taking someone away from the others. In the comic books [SPOILER ALERT] Negan is either directly or indirectly responsible for taking the lives of characters like Glenn and Abraham. With the midseason finale removing most of the series’ red shirts from the equation, Reedus' promise of a casualty in Season 6 hints at one of the biggest blows since the loss of Hershel (Scott Wilson).
In addition to a key character, series creator Robert Kirkman teased a plethora of deaths coming in the later episodes as well. He did not specify that they will be main character’s losing their lives, prompting sites like Vanity Fair to speculate that the introduction of other colonies, Negan’s group and the remnants of the Alexandria safe haven could lead to some major action scenes that result in a tremendous bloodshed. Whether that loss of life will be from characters we know, characters we don’t or both remains to be seen.
Fans will just have to wait until “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Feb. 14 to see how it all plays out.