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Hypable

The Walking Dead has historically used the end of a season to kill off significant characters. Who’s next?

In the mid-season 4 finale we saw The Governor and Hershel die. In the season 3 finale we saw Andrea die. In the penultimate episode of season 2, Shane died. It feels like we’re due for another big death (Lizzie and Mika don’t count).

In a Reddit AMA earlier this week, The Walking Dead comic creator and TV series executive producer Robert Kirkman suggested that season 4 is going to go out in a memorable fashion. Describing the season 4 finale as “SAVAGE,” he teased, “people are going to be talking about this one. The cliffhanger at the end of season 4 will make the wait between seasons 4 and 5 the hardest wait we’ve ever had. ENJOY!”

Assuming there’s a death in addition to a cliffhanger, let’s look at the odds for each character:

- Daryl: Not likely. He’s a fan favorite (if not THE fan favorite), and killing him would upset way too many people. However, Kirkman said in the aforementioned AMA that even he isn’t safe. “While I wouldn’t say the more popular a character is the more likely they are to die, they do have to reach a certain level of popularity before they’ve ‘earned’ the death,” he wrote. “No character is too popular to die. (Suck it, Reedus!)”

The fact that he specifically name checked Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, suggests he won’t be one of the people dying.

- Beth: Somewhat likely. The character went missing a couple episodes ago after someone grabbed her and drove away. It could be someone who lives/works at Terminus that is interested in using her for whatever messed up things are going on at the so-called safe house. We think that if she does die, it’ll have to happen in front of the camera so viewers can feel the emotion. She’s too big a character for her to die off camera.

By killing Beth, Daryl will feel like a part of him has died. It’ll be just as good as killing Daryl, but without the fans freaking out. They’ll just feel sad for their favorite character.

- Rick: Not likely. He’s too big a character, and the face of the show, to die right now. While we do think that his death is inevitable given all of the close encounters he’s had, it feels too early for him to be on death’s door. With that said, we’d like to see Rick die because it would completely uproot what we know about the show. We’d love to see Carl take over as leader.

- Carol: Not likely. This character has been all about protection this season. At the start she decided to kill some people to prevent the infection from spreading, and then a couple episodes ago she killed Lizzie because she was a threat to everyone she was near. Carol is a good lady who deserves to live. By the way, if Rick dies before Carol, we’d love to see her take his position.

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- Maggie: Likely. When this character told her husband Glenn to burn the photo of her because he’d never need it again, some viewers saw a sign of foreshadowing her death. Killing Maggie so soon after her and Glenn’s reunion would break the hearts of many viewers and could be the type of thing that people would talk about for a long time between seasons 4 and 5.

- Glenn: Likely. We think Maggie and her husband have equal shots of dying given the fact that they just reunited. It would be sad and unexpected.

- Michonne and Carl: Not likely. In an international trailer for the season 4 finale we see Michonne embracing Rick’s son, which arguably suggests that they’re mourning the loss of someone else. That’s our best reasoning because we refuse to accept either of these two will be killed.

- Sasha and Bob: Not likely. These two characters haven’t been very present this season, so their deaths wouldn’t come as shocking or very upsetting. With that said, if either of them dies, we don’t think it’ll be the only death during the finale.

- Tyreese: Likely. After losing his girlfriend early in the season, maybe it’s time that Tyreese joins her on the other side. The talk between he and Carol in episode 14 showed a lot of forgiveness. It made viewers appreciate his decision to keep Carol alive. We’d feel bad if he now died, but at least he knows the truth about his woman.

- Tara: Likely. It would completely suck for Tara to die. She’s been attached to Glenn in a way that isn’t all too clear, and a scene showing him reacting to her death would be very heartbreaking. She hasn’t exactly proven her worth on a wide level, so if she died it would be sad but ultimately insignificant.

- Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita: Like Tara, these characters aren’t major since they were only introduced this season. However, this trio is on a mission to get Eugene to D.C. so he can use his supposed knowledge about how the outbreak occurred. If (IF) he’s being truthful, the death of Eugene would be a big set back. Abraham would be an equally significant death since he’s very passionate about getting Eugene to Washington.

Who do you think will die in the ‘Walking Dead’ season 4 finale?

After writing all this, we’d be disappointed if no one significant bit the bullet.

Watch this Sunday, March 30 at 9 p.m. eastern/pacific on AMC.

  • cnd

    I’m not emotionally prepared for this!!!!!

  • Ultron

    It’s definitely either Maggie, Glenn, Tara, or Tyreese. Beth is a possibility, but the only way I see her dying is if Daryl finds her at Terminus locked up somewhere and she’s had a leg or arm cut off and then she like dies in his arms. I could maybe see that happening but that would also give away that they’re cannibals. I’d be mad if the hunters only lasted one episode. I think the cannibals deserve at least half a season because I just think that would be so interesting to see it all pan out. So no, I don’t really think it’s Beth because that would rush the Terminus plot and that’s honestly the only place she could possibly be at right now if she’s going to be in this season finale. And not to be picky, but didn’t you already have an article about who would make it? :o

    • Teiji

      If what you’re saying about Terminus being cannibals true, then thanks for the SPOILER.

      • Ultron

        Nope, just speculation :P Although I think it’s highly likely..

        • Tanya Anne Germaine

          I agree it looks like an evil place!

          • dan

            It has to develop more story lines fpr next season. Something about a good group in terminus vs the other group. Could even drag it further finding out which group each character joins? We can all agree there is some kind of evil at terminus.

  • Liderc

    I think Daryl is pretty safe, he’s almost an untouchable due to popularity. Rick is kind of the same due to being the face of the show, although he hasn’t been in the second half of this season.

    The burning of Maggie’s photo is foreshadowing, no doubt. Think of them panning off the body of maggie being burned?

    I also think that Joe is going to mess with Daryl somehow. What if they find Beth and Joe “claims” her? Would make Daryl go full king kong.

    • Tanya Anne Germaine

      Im thinking the ones who are travelling with Daryl are the ones who have Beth back at their camp? I think Daryl is more Carols man than Beth’s . I think he’ll find her again and they should hook up.

      • dan

        They discussed Daryl being separated from a pretty little thing, it has to be a hint of things to come.

  • Jack

    Hopefully Tyreese. The only thing he’s done this season is be angry about someone killing his girlfriend, and now that that has been resolved, there really isn’t much for him to do.

    • BambiBlue

      I think before he gets killed off we’ll have to see him give an example of him ‘never forgetting’ that Carol killed Karen and David.

      • amen

        i know it may not be to related to what we are talking about but when do you guys think the next season will start

        • Allison Johnson

          The 3rd week of October.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Celtise Celtise

    If Maggie dies then I hope that Glenn dies too. I don’t think I could bare listening to him if she does and he survives.

    I hope it’s not Carol or Beth. I loved Beth’s character development with Daryl this season and I like them as friends but I’m a Caryl shipper. I think it would be the death of this show if they killed Daryl so very unlikely. I also don’t think it would be good to get rid of Michonne. Otherwise I really don’t care about which of the other characters they could pick.

    Also Judith isn’t on your possible hit list.

    • humanbeing

      To be honest, I think Judith is in a pretty safe zone right now, simply because we’re past the point of her fate in the comics. I know the same can be said of multiple characters, but I know for a fact that Robert Kirkman has stated in interviews that there are a number of choices he made in the comic that he later regretted (and Judith seems to be one of them), and that the show is a way of creating a sort of “what if” alternate universe to the story where the overall story might remain the same, but the destinies of individual characters could differ wildly from the comic, in some cases (and I think the writers may have found a purpose for Judith on the show, as opposed to Kirkman, who basically didn’t know what to do with the character any more, hence her fate). We’ve already been through a long period were many viewers already assumed Judith was dead (and it was only revealed she was okay a number of weeks ago); to have her character die after all of that would definitely be a surprise, but it would also feel cheap, in a way that some of the other character’s deaths might not.

      • BambiBlue

        Mostly I just think it’d be weird to be like ‘oh hey, your baby survived the prison but they’re dead now so…’ — you know? And I think if they were going to kill Beth off they would have had Maggie trying hard to find her these past few episodes because heartstrings and all that.

  • Juan Pedia

    I think Carol could easily be killed off. She’s one of my favorite characters, but, like any character, she should go while in her prime. She’s been great this season, so I’m wondering if there’s any more to her story. I guess whether or not she makes it to Season 5 should depend on whether or not the writers still have anything planned for her.

  • jenny

    Glenn and Maggie are married. Come on, hypable.

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      I knew that. They just never make it prominent and then it slips my mind :(

  • FannyMcNee

    I know I’m basically alone in thinking this but I don’t think it’s likely at all that Maggie or Glenn will die. They were just reunited and he just barely made it through the prison sickness, it’s too soon for that to happen. I feel the picture burning is more a red herring than foreshadowing. There’s no way Rick or Carl will die. This is their story we’re following. I think Rick will die when Carl is ready to take over as leader. And that will be the end of it all. Michone highly unlikely also as they’ve just started to peel back the layers of her character. Daryl’s safe. There’s no way he’s going down to these ‘claimed’ losers. And I can’t really see them killing off arguably the most popular character. I don’t care how much Kirkman threatens us with ‘nobody’s safe.’ :P Carol, Tyreese and Judith I hope are safe. Abe, Eugene and Rosita I’m pretty sure are safe since theire story arc is just beginning. The rest… I fear for.

    • humanbeing

      I hate to make the comparison between this show and Game of Thrones (and I do know a little of how the Walking Dead comics turn out), but wouldn’t it be kind of cool to see the show pull off a Ned Stark (and even cooler if it then pulled off a Robb Stark). What I’m saying is, mess with viewers’ expectations by killing off your lead, the person you assumed was your main POV character, then mess with viewers’ expectations even more by letting them assume that the character of the son is going to take their father’s place and right what was wrong, and then fairly quickly kill off that character too, leaving viewers absolutely knowing that literally no one is safe (television producers like to say stuff like that, but it seems like authors like George R.R. Martin actually have the cajones to kill off their darlings). It would also be a massive surprise for readers of the comic, a deviation beyond the pale. You know, 10 or 15 years ago I would have said that certain character archetypes in a drama were inherently safe, but shows like Deadwood and Game of Thrones have really upped the game, by proving that viewers will keep tuning into a show even after MAJOR characters die (and not just secondary or tertiary characters ones). And when I talk about a major character, I mean a person extremely significant to the overall plot, who is well-loved by the audience and would be sorely missed; so far, Walking Dead hasn’t taken that step). Then again, GoT and The Walking Dead really are two different genres, and maybe TWD isn’t sustainable if you kill off a Rick/Daryl/Michonne type. I’m just saying that the show would have my respect if it did.

      • FannyMcNee

        I absolutely do not think it’d be cool if they did that. Traumatizing, disturbing, distressing, shocking all come to mind, but definitely not cool. :P They certainly could do it and the majority of Kirkman’s readership would be blindsided. But should they?…

        Concerning this specific season finale, I don’t know that I’d respect that kind of decision. There’s too much story left to tell to off Rick and Carl right now. If they wanted to go for straight shock value I could see that happening, but I don’t think they do. Gimple seems to be enjoying character development and exploring themes brought up in the comics. In the long run, somewhere down the line I might be cool with it. It’d definitely keep the series from getting stale. There’s only so many times Rick can overcome some huge life-threatening obstacle before it starts to become same old same old.

      • Tanya Anne Germaine

        like i said , kill Rick off hes been the leader long enough and hes in rough mental shape, so is Michonne, no way those two can make it much longer in their mental state. Keep Daryl and partner him up with Carol and let Carl take over . I think them going to Terminus is a good idea, it looks like a bunch of mentally insane people who would trap them there and keep them locked up.

  • BeccaMoore88

    I think Glenn/Maggie, Beth, Tara, Tyrese/Sasha (or both), and Daryl/Carol will die. However, I really hope I’m wrong, because I would hate to see a lot of these people go.

    • Gary

      That’s too many main characters to have die all at once.
      Not going to happen

  • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

    Comic fans may hate this idea, but seeing how much the story has deviated anyway, I think killing off Rick and/or Carl would open up some really cool story lines.

    • Heelman

      I for one believe Carl will die. Look how much he has grown in a one year timeframe on the show.

      • thewalkingdeadfanatic2

        Sorry, I refuse to let Carl die.

        • Tanya Anne Germaine

          exactly he will be the new sherrif like his dad was when he dies off

          • thewalkingdeadfanatic2

            yeah….and hes really atractive…….

          • dan

            And disfunctional/crazy….kill rick he snaps!

    • Slade-Villamor

      I am not a comic fan but I hate that idea. The show can still deviate from the comics and still have Rick in it.

    • Tanya Anne Germaine

      Yep kill off the main man rick, hes been too far gone for too long and then itll open up to his son taking over. Carol wont die she has to partnered up with daryl :)

  • Me

    I’m calling Rick right now. Dead.

    • Ultron

      Idk….not before Negan is introduced…but I don’t think he’s necessarily out of the question.

      • C

        Good point.. I think the Negan thing keeps a couple of others alive (if you know Negan, you know who specifically I’m talking about) because the death(s) by Negan were epic. Especially the one person I have in mind.

        • Ultron

          True. And if the one person you have in mind is being kept alive until negan is introduced, wouldn’t it be pointless to kill off said person’s love interest in this next episode?

        • BlueMagnolia

          I definitely think Beth will be around a while, because I could see her getting sucked into the Negan storyline down the road, albeit not by choice. She could follow an Amber or Sherry theme.

  • Olga

    Just saw the last episode of Psych, the after party James Roday said ” No not Carl is was so young.”. Did he just spill the beans, there is no Carl on Psych. Does that mean he just mentioned that Carl will be dying in Walking Dead. Rick looked like he lost everything in the promo of next week’s Walking Dead. We’ll see.

  • 7Starrchasers

    I dont want to see any of them go but yeah…that’s probably what’s going to happen!

  • hax

    I don’t see them killing any strong relationships or taking someone right after a reunion(so Tyreese should be safe, since he’ll meet up again with Sasha).

    Beth is the only one that’s easily sacrificable.

    • BambiBlue

      Personally I think they would have spent more time having Maggie lament over finding her sister these past few episodes to pull on our heartstrings a bit more.

  • Cristina Quinones

    Beth is probably in Terminus (Gabriel the priest is yet to be introduced) Remember the one eyed dog that distracted Daryl, the painting of MARY that Michonne saw on empisode CLAIMED. (4/11) I think. The flowers on the picture the same as Terminus with the lower your weapons. This season finale will be Shocking.

    • Carl Johnson

      That wasn’t Mary, that was the woman who killed herself in the next room.

      • Cristina Quinones

        I dont know. I went back to the episode and looked at that scene and looked at all the pictures. The one eyed dog, the flowers, then the woman from the painting with her braid to the side the layers of hair and clothes. Then the picture scratched. Also, everything is clean and no dust so someone is maintaining the areas close to Terminus. It would be interesting…..Nonetheless, when she was introduced her angelic looking face was rather ominous and creepy.

  • Matty Marie

    Hmm…..I think Beth is safe….for now…I don’t we’ll see her till the beginning of next season.

    I think it will be Maggie or maybe Glenn.

    Everyone else, I think will be fine, except Rick. He will get his ass beat, badly.

  • Erin Leigh

    What about the fact that the woman is at Terminus is wearing Beth’s sweater in the end scene? And that she is grilling ribs? I think that Beth is already dead and she is cooking her. Terminus is what Atlanta used to be called. It was THE END OF THE LINE (for the railroad.) I’ve been saying ever since they found the first map that they are probably cannibals, luring prey to the den.

    • guest

      mary is not wearing beth’s sweater

    • BambiBlue

      I don’t think she’s wearing Beth’s sweater. Mary is, however, the one in the painting Michonne found in the house.

      • FannyMcNee

        The woman in the painting is the one in the rocking chair in the next room. If you look closely you’ll see she has the same hairstyle and similar clothing.

        • BambiBlue

          iiiinteresting. I’ll have to go back and check it out!

    • Tanya Anne Germaine

      damn good point about the sweater! Now Ill be looking for that scene to see , Terminus must stand for something evil. One meaning I found ;-0
      “(architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome’ my translation carved human!!

  • Gary

    Rick won’t die.
    But, he will go ballistic for some reason and kill everyone in Joes group. Probably with help from Daryl. It will be epic.
    Which will help make up for not killing the Governor when he had the chance.

    • Jessica A

      dang that was pretty accurate

  • Gary

    Maybe none of the main characters will die.
    Wouldn’t surprise me at all

  • Carl Johnson

    I think what separates the comics from the show is that, in the comics, the people who die don’t get heroic deaths. Abraham gets shot in the head mid-sentence. Lori gets shot while running from the Governor, her body crushing Judith. Carol goes nuts and shoots herself. In the show, Andrea spends half an episode dying and Merle gets to go out like a hero.

  • justin moss

    tyreese or daryl ( the group is to strong with both them and abraham). Glens a possibility, However id love for them to be true to the comics (or maybe save it for Daryl). Wheres Father Gabriel? Tara is a wild card. Beth is going to die and its coming soon and i highly expect her to be tied up in a back room of terminus missing body parts. Mary hopefully is one of the “hunters” (wont show it till the end, cause season 5 will open up with the cannibals). Bob would be the obvious choice, but i feel like he might be taking the role of Morgan (then again who’s to say morgan wont be back)

  • Slade-Villamor

    Why is Daryl first-mention? He is the sidekick right? Rick is the main protagonist here. Stupid Daryl groupie wrote this article.

  • thequackin

    No one dies. Enough said.

  • blm

    I think if it was going to be a true cliffhanger, we are going to think someone is about to die at the very end, but they won’t (until next season, and then may survive anyway) Plus there is going to be something that really starts to make us think that Terminus is evil, even though I already think that anyway. I don’t know the comic book story line. Just guessing.

    • Midori

      Before I started reading everyone’s opinion on here I really thought Terminus was going to be a safe haven!!! Now I am so bummed. I wanted it to be safe.

  • James_HudsonRiverValley

    Judith will die and turn into a baby walker/crawler who bites Rick’s nuts off. No one will have the heart to finish him off, so the angry black girl will take him on as her Eunuch walker, after she cuts his jaw and hands off. You heard it here first.

    • dan

      I wanna baby walker!

  • kevinw

    Carl sucks. Id love if he died

  • Blythe

    Glenn dies a horrible, gruesome, brutal death in the comics (if anyone’s read the comics). It’s the kind of brutal that can’t even be shown on TV. So if someone will die, I’d put my money on Glenn or Maggie.

  • Vaughnsk_2000

    Rick, Carl, and Michonne and the other group Carol, Tyreese, and Judith arrived before the group with Maggie, Glenn, etc… We’re going to find out in the finale that the meat that Mary is grilling is one of the people from Rick’s or Carol’s groups but we won’t find out who until next season. The people at Terminus ambushed Rick’s and Carol’s group and made Rick decide which member of their groups the cannibals are going to eat first.

    • Melissa Gustafson

      How do you know this? Or are you just guessing.

    • Tanya Anne Germaine

      I think Its a Beth BBQ she was the only one not in the train car in the end .

  • Mohamed Dahir

    I think Abraham, Eugene, are trying to lure them into terminus for experiments…

    • humanbeing

      Except Abraham didn’t want to go to Terminus, said so himself…Eugene talked him into it.

    • Ultron

      No. That doesn’t make any sense. Why would they even say they were trying to go to DC. They would’ve said they wanted to go to Terminus in the first place.

  • Mohamed Dahir

    either carl or Deryl dies

  • David Yoonho Jeong

    I really think it would be carl. On the first episode of season 4 Rick meets that crazy woman. At the end of that episode Hershel tells Rick, “No matter what happens to Carl and Judith” you have to be okay. I think that kind of foreshadows that Carl is gonna die.

  • BlueMagnolia

    Beth was featured in too many of the back eight episodes to be killed off yet. She was clearly being built up to become a stronger character by pairing her with Daryl. Wherever she is, this is her test to see if everything she learned will keep her alive. I think she was taken by a Gabriel figure or by a person like Monroe from Hilltop Colony and we’ll find her the safest out of all the survivors and likely to happily reunite with potential-hillbilly-romeo Daryl (come on, I know you saw the sparks and smoulder too).

    Daryl’s safe. The promos clearly show him in Terminus after the showdown with Joe’s group (Philippine’s promo). Plus, too much emphasis was placed on his new, deep bond with Beth for it to end for either of them without a reunion. There’s so much more to explore there.

    Rick, Carl and Michonne are all safe. They already suggested Rick will be leading the group to D.C. next season and other promos suggest that the trio make it through to the end, albeit quite worse for wear (especially emotionally).

    Maggie or Glenn are iffy. I’d say Maggie would be more likely to go first, because the writers tend to like to mix things up a little when pulling from the comics, and in the comics it’s Glenn who kicks it. So maybe they’ll turn it around and rake Maggie across the coals.Regardless, I doubt it would happen this season. It’d be too sad to kill Hershel and one or both of his daughters in one season. BUT, if you were going to pick off another Greene, I’d vie for Maggie, because the show has such a history of killing the voice of reason and the character with the most hope and faith (which is now Beth), that it’d be nice to keep that character alive for once. Maggie’s identity is fully wrapped up in Glenn’s now. Even if Beth wound up with Daryl in a Andrea-Dale-type-romance, those characters have built up such an individual strength for themselves that they’d only become stronger character for it. Romance has stunted Glenn and Maggie a little.

    I think Bob will be kept around as the survivor who falls prey to the Hunters in Season 5 (just a shot in the dark prediction — he seems the most likely for this event).

    Carol, while I absolutely love her character, I’m feeling karma just might come back around. Good people do bad things for the greater good, but those tough choices always come back around in one form or another. Even if she lives, she won’t be looked at in the same light by any of the group who knows what she’s done (except Tyreese; he knows it all, and he’s forgiven her — I see potential and strange romance if she lives).

    Judith will, hopefully, live. There must be a reason that baby survived everything so far, if only to be reunited with Rick and Carl. If they wanted to take the baby off the show, they would have done it in the mid-season finale, off camera, so people wouldn’t be traumatized by it (slaying babies on tv is about 1000% worse than shooting psychotic 7-year-olds, which is 1000% worse than cold-blooded murder followed by a prison yard bonfire… Thy hands are unclean, Carol.).

    Tyreese and Sasha are probably both safe, but I’m so tired of Sasha already. Her false bravado, untrusting nature, and overall pessimism haven’t made her all that appealing. She jabs at Maggie’s desire to go to Terminus by saying it’s “too good to be true,” and raining all over her parade, only to turn around and believe the most unbelievable statement ever made on TWD, that Eugene knows what caused the outbreak (comic spoiler: he doesn’t!). What’s up with that?

    Eugene, Rosita, Abraham… all probably safe. The only one I can see going at some point is Rosita (and eventually Abraham, but not until after D.C. or bust).

    • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

      Dude, why would you throw in that comic spoiler at the end? Thanks… >:I

    • Tanya Anne Germaine

      Sasha says its too good for a reason i think terminus is a really bad idea! It looks like an evil place to me more of a mental institution than anything!

    • a nonny mouse

      Beth isn’t going to die, I know that for sure. Emily Kinney just got an apartment in Georgia and they (finally) named Beth a main character.

  • Common sense

    Listen up:

    Facts!
    Rick is safe, i don’t care what other shit shows you’ve watched where they’ve killed the main character, but its really not going to happen on this one.

    Daryl is safe, they make far too much money off merchandise to kill him off (action figures/crossbow sales lol) Plus Daryl is far more popular than Shane and Merle ever were, and think how much build up time they had before their deaths.

    Tyrese is safe: he’s barely had any appearances, we saw a few glimpses of him in season 3, and only a few more glimpses in season 4, he’s not exactly really well developed(and therefore ready to be killed off)

    Carl: He’s safe – refering to you idiots who keep saying he’s going to die.

    Abe, Eug, and Ros: All safe

    Michonne: Safe

    Carol: nahh, safe

    Opinions!
    If anyone is going to die at all, i think its got to be maggie (forshadowing -burning photograph) – Then again they like to throw us off track. (There are too many brunette females atm though) Could it be Beth? That would also be predictable. Maybe it will be Glenn. Either of those three though. preferably Maggie Or Glenn (bored of their relationship)

    Sacha/Bob: Duno, if Bob died then he could be like ‘i didn’t die alone ;’( ‘ but then i think he would have just been a pointless addition to this season, even Milton had more action/lines. In terms of Sacha, good development for Tyrese is she died, its never a good idea to have family members in a ZA.

    • humanbeing

      Just a few thoughts…

      First, you really don’t have to refer to people who have a certain opinion about who’s going to die as “idiots”; I’m not saying I agree or disagree with certain theories, but it’s healthy to have a little respect for others. Second, not every show which kills off its main character is a “shit show”; I can see why people who might be comfortable with formulaic dramas would see those types of plots as simply there for shock-value or attention, but in terms of a show like Game of Thrones, the whole point was to announce to the audience that Ned Stark WASN’T the main character, that there perhaps was no main character, making the audience truly scared whenever danger approached, because no one was safe, everyone was replaceable, etc. In terms of one of the main characters dying on The Walking Dead, I think people like Rick, Daryl, Michonne, etc, ARE safe, BUT…and this is important…only as long as the actors playing them wish to continue with the show. If any of those actors got bored with their roles, or decided to pursue a movie career or something similar, I don’t think the writers would have any problem killing them off (it happened on Downton Abbey, where the writers really didn’t want the character of Matthew to die, but the actor portraying him wanted off the show, so they conceded to his wishes and killed the character off). I don’t think the writers would purposely kill off any of the main folks on TWD simply for shock-value, plot purposes, etc, but it could definitely be done if the actor wanted off the show (and that happens all the time on shows like Doctor Who, where most of the time a Regeneration happens because the actor wants to move on, not because the writers are sick of writing about that iteration of the character).

      All I’m saying is, NO ONE should be labelled perfectly safe, or the show has no inherent edge to it, no risk that a favorite character might not make it. If you really believe that Daryl or Rick are completely invulnerable, why should you care if they find themselves in a dicey walker situation? It’s only if you know that anyone can go that real drama unfolds.

  • Matt

    I think Rick, he has run his course, a pretty redundant character these days.

  • fan

    At this point the only thing that has kept Daryl in is the popularity, I thinking that he is going to bite the dust because his character is done there is no more back story….
    same with Beth, honestly Beth shouldnt still be alive because everyone in her house is dead and really beth is the least developed character. (Opinion)
    I do feel that Michoone and Carol are in the clear they have a ton of back story left; same with Sash and Bob they got some upgrade or something. Carl’s death would be a bit interesting but hes the only kid on the show so I say keep him. Elsehwere, Tara I like her and I say she will become a regular. Finally, Glenn will die by Negan and Maggie will die whenever.

  • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

    Just a quick note on the Maggie/Glenn sections: Glenn is Maggie’s husband, not boyfriend. Or at least, they’ve declared themselves as such.

    Still, fully expect one of them to die and I am very, very glum about it. Probably along with one or two of the B players, like Tyreese (his arc is seemingly finished) or Bob. And Beth. Anyone else snuffing it would be a surprise.

    • dan

      Is Rick gonna snap when he sees Carol and kill her?

      • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

        Nah, they’ll probably be too busy running away from whatever threat Terminus turns out to be.

  • Ariel Bissett

    PLOT TWIST: NO ONE DIES.

    • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

      :o

  • DDDDD

    Maggie will die!!!!!!!!

    • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

      noooooo

    • Tanya Anne Germaine

      Maggie will die due to the jealousy from the other girl Glen was travelling with, she likes Glen and she didnt look too happy when he found maggie. I dont think it will be a zombie who gets maggie lol. Maggie didnt seem to like her much either. I see a plot twist there!

      • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

        lol, no. Tara was awkward around Maggie because Glenn decided not to tell Maggie that Tara was with the group that got her father killed. Also, it’s clearly been established that Tara is gay.

        • Tanya Anne Germaine

          never thought of that one that may be a good point

  • thewalkingdeadfanatic2

    Its really gonna suck when michonne dies.

    oh yeah, SPOILER!!!!

  • BlondieAmbition

    What the person said below me. Honestly I just want Beth OK. She’s the only one outside of Daryl, I would break over if she died.

    • Midori

      I love Beth and Daryl, the episode “Still” was deeply meaningful between them and deceptively romantic… so sad when at the end she went missing. They make a very cute couple. I hope they find her and that they find each other again. That was the best so far IMO.

      • BlondieAmbition

        ME TOO!!! Gorgeous. I have read and re-read all the interviews, and I think it will be a big year for Beth. I am hoping that the “new sherrif in town” has a purpose. And hoping they didn’t just use Daryl and Beth storyline as a plot devise, and they honor what they started. A reunion I thin will be second half of next season. They will drag it out. So it BETTER BE EPIC!!!! Norman is always talking about how he wants Daryl and said girl, to earn it, if he ever has love, so if that isn’t damn earning it, then I dodn’t know what is!

      • BlondieAmbition

        @midori yes I so so agree. I loved TWD, but faded after Lori died with my emotional attachment. Beth and Daryl restored and deepened it, I know that was the purpose. Damn you Gimple!! LOL

  • DarkyAgent

    i hope tara won’t die because her character wasn’t explored enough also rick must reveal to others that she was with the governor and will be a complicated situation which must be shown

  • bill.i.am.

    Beth is “too big of a character”? Really? She’s been on the show for 2 seasons now and it wasn’t until after the prison battle that I actually heard people referring to her by her name and not “Maggie’s Sister” or “Hershel’s other daughter”

  • Brandon

    why are the Minority so dead set on Rick’s death, what did he do to tick these people off? I don’t understand it, and like it or not he is the STAR of the show, along with his son. So IF he dies it will probably be the last episode of the series, and then Carl will take over. ending the show, in Season 13 lol we all can hope right?

    • Tanya Anne Germaine

      lets hope they have that many seasons! But yeah Rick is the next to go .

    • a nonny mouse

      RK said that TWD would likely last until after 2022

  • irene

    Rick,michonne,Carl,Daryl,carol,tyrese,Glenn,…. they’re all safe. Beth I hope will also be safe, but I don’t know and Maggie l don’t know. And all the others, I DON’T CARE!

  • Tanya Anne Germaine

    i hope they have a longer season five than they did the season four, its disappointing when they used to have 45 min episodes and more of them. Now its shorter ones and not as many. I hope they dont end it??

    • Liderc

      it’s like the most watched cable tv show, i doubt they end it lol

  • CP

    SPOILER ALERT!!! “Bigger SPOILER” Episode starts with Rick, Carl and Michonne walking through the woods, Rick spots a homemade trap and takes a rabbit that is stuck in it.
    Rick then explains the functionality of the traps to Carl. Almost an instant later a scream is heard and Carl starts to run, followed closely by Michonne. Rick chases Carl and Michone, they reach the site where the screams were heard and witness a few walkers, Carl pulls his gun and shoots two of them, a man comes running by saying he did not want to go to Terminus, soon after he is surrounded and eaten by walkers.
    Starts Music
    The walkers are distracted eating the remaining man, some goes toward Michonne and ends up getting killed with her katana, then she finds a walker stuck on the ground and steps on it!
    Then we see the group of Daryl walking on the road and find traces of the possible killer of Lou (Rick carl and michonne) and decide to follow the traces.
    Daryl says that they may be walkers, but Joe says they are not walkers and that the tracks are too close together and that they are approaching them, so the Marauders start running.
    Michonne talks to Carl about how he shouldnt have done what he had done previously and then they start walking with Rick.
    At one point they find a walker who comes to them , but kill it immediately , then more walkers are close. Rick seems to be surrounded by walkers , when the group of Daryl appear and kill the walkers.
    The Marauders finally catch up and start claiming: “This is mine” and take all of Rick, Carl and Michonne’s belongings ( weapons, bags).
    Tony pulls Michonne ‘s katana from its holder, Daryl is watching the situation and rages, and is immediately struck by one of the marauders, and gets a black eye, Joe starts talking about the rules of the group.
    Joe changes his mind and decides not to hit daryl again,and starts being racist with Michonne and stroking her sword then mocks Carl how nice it would be to abuse him. It unleashes the fury of Rick, Rick stands in front of Joe and begins a furious, fight to the death , Michonne pushes Tony, taking her katana back, killing Tony and Harley, Daryl kills Billy with his crossbow, Carl at last kills Dan.
    Rick soon falls to the ground all bloody after brutally beating Joe, but Joe starts to laugh even all bloody.
    Daryl goes to joe and kills him with his crossbow, Daryl says that “he is mine”.
    At another point, we get a peek at Tyresse speaking with Carol about ther past lives and what will change when coming to Terminus.
    After that, Rick, Michonne, Carl and Daryl arrive outside Terminus, but do not go ahead , due to mistrust and being told by the stranger that Terminus is a trap .
    Rick tells Daryl to stand outside and keep watch, Rick, Carl and Michonne are approached by two people who lead them to Mary, who invites them to make themselves at home.
    Rick, Michonne and Carl are going slowly, they go through a hidden room and enter a room that is full of candles. There is writing on the walls “always “, Rick, Carl and Michonne note the coziness of the place, but the place has bad smell, and it draws the attention of Rick.
    Rick asks why the smell is so foul, the two guys say it’s the food today,and attack Rick with knives, Michone and Rick murder them and two of the members, including Mary, Rick captures another member and makes them a hostage, then asks him who is the leader at terminus, if they dont speak up he will kill him.
    Daryl and Rick then strategize and Daryl asks if everything is alright, Rick says is not, asks Daryl to provide hidden coverage.
    The Member of Terminus reports that the leader is called Gareth, Rick asks to be taken to him, Rick with the member in custody and starts a discussion with Gareth asking where are the rest of his people. ( as in the promo), Gareth nods his hand and another member on the residence shoots at Rick, screaming at him to release the hostage.
    The shootout begins , Gareth escapes, Rick shoots at the member, as the member falls over from fatal injures, Daryl hears the commotion and murders the hostage!

    In another scene we see Carol and Tyresse reaching Terminus, Carol gets happy, but Tyresse distrusts and tells Carol to not go in, it is not safe. They argue and Carol enters insistently, behind follows Tyresse.
    Rick and Michonne explore the grounds and upon entering another room , where there is a lot of smoke, Daryl asks what it is, but nobody answers , so Daryl also enters the room, they open the door of a kitchen, on top of a table is the head of Beth and Rick starts screaming desperately.

    End of the episode and the season.

  • CP

    SPOILER ALERT!!! “Bigger SPOILER” Episode starts with Rick, Carl and Michonne walking through the woods, Rick spots a homemade trap and takes a rabbit that is stuck in it.
    Rick then explains the functionality of the traps to Carl. Almost an instant later a scream is heard and Carl starts to run, followed closely by Michonne. Rick chases Carl and Michone, they reach the site where the screams were heard and witness a few walkers, Carl pulls his gun and shoots two of them, a man comes running by saying he did not want to go to Terminus, soon after he is surrounded and eaten by walkers.
    Starts Music
    The walkers are distracted eating the remaining man, some goes toward Michonne and ends up getting killed with her katana, then she finds a walker stuck on the ground and steps on it!
    Then we see the group of Daryl walking on the road and find traces of the possible killer of Lou (Rick carl and michonne) and decide to follow the traces.
    Daryl says that they may be walkers, but Joe says they are not walkers and that the tracks are too close together and that they are approaching them, so the Marauders start running.
    Michonne talks to Carl about how he shouldnt have done what he had done previously and then they start walking with Rick.
    At one point they find a walker who comes to them , but kill it immediately , then more walkers are close. Rick seems to be surrounded by walkers , when the group of Daryl appear and kill the walkers.
    The Marauders finally catch up and start claiming: “This is mine” and take all of Rick, Carl and Michonne’s belongings ( weapons, bags).
    Tony pulls Michonne ‘s katana from its holder, Daryl is watching the situation and rages, and is immediately struck by one of the marauders, and gets a black eye, Joe starts talking about the rules of the group.
    Joe changes his mind and decides not to hit daryl again,and starts being racist with Michonne and stroking her sword then mocks Carl how nice it would be to abuse him. It unleashes the fury of Rick, Rick stands in front of Joe and begins a furious, fight to the death , Michonne pushes Tony, taking her katana back, killing Tony and Harley, Daryl kills Billy with his crossbow, Carl at last kills Dan.
    Rick soon falls to the ground all bloody after brutally beating Joe, but Joe starts to laugh even all bloody.
    Daryl goes to joe and kills him with his crossbow, Daryl says that “he is mine”.
    At another point, we get a peek at Tyresse speaking with Carol about ther past lives and what will change when coming to Terminus.
    After that, Rick, Michonne, Carl and Daryl arrive outside Terminus, but do not go ahead , due to mistrust and being told by the stranger that Terminus is a trap .
    Rick tells Daryl to stand outside and keep watch, Rick, Carl and Michonne are approached by two people who lead them to Mary, who invites them to make themselves at home.
    Rick, Michonne and Carl are going slowly, they go through a hidden room and enter a room that is full of candles. There is writing on the walls “always “, Rick, Carl and Michonne note the coziness of the place, but the place has bad smell, and it draws the attention of Rick.
    Rick asks why the smell is so foul, the two guys say it’s the food today,and attack Rick with knives, Michone and Rick murder them and two of the members, including Mary, Rick captures another member and makes them a hostage, then asks him who is the leader at terminus, if they dont speak up he will kill him.
    Daryl and Rick then strategize and Daryl asks if everything is alright, Rick says is not, asks Daryl to provide hidden coverage.
    The Member of Terminus reports that the leader is called Gareth, Rick asks to be taken to him, Rick with the member in custody and starts a discussion with Gareth asking where are the rest of his people. ( as in the promo), Gareth nods his hand and another member on the residence shoots at Rick, screaming at him to release the hostage.
    The shootout begins , Gareth escapes, Rick shoots at the member, as the member falls over from fatal injures, Daryl hears the commotion and murders the hostage!

    In another scene we see Carol and Tyresse reaching Terminus, Carol gets happy, but Tyresse distrusts and tells Carol to not go in, it is not safe. They argue and Carol enters insistently, behind follows Tyresse.
    Rick and Michonne explore the grounds and upon entering another room , where there is a lot of smoke, Daryl asks what it is, but nobody answers , so Daryl also enters the room, they open the door of a kitchen, on top of a table is the head of Beth and Rick starts screaming desperately.

    End of the episode and the season.

    • Midori

      How do you know all this?? You don’t know!!! LOSER!!!

  • Taylor

    What about Lizzy? And I thought Tara drove off by herself!

  • Andrew

    kill off the only guy with asian persuasion? not likely.

    • dan

      Glenn or Maggie must die, or they both die in each other arms.

  • dan

    To kill off Rick or Darryl would be a huge shocker. Have Carl enter a nasty spiral of pure hatred where he would blame the group. It will allow another season of writing easy!

  • norma

    beth will die (yay) carl and rick will be fine. michonne will be super fine. daryl and carol will makeout. maggie and glenn will take judith and make her a terminator. joe will get eaten. then a party will happen. im sorry im just pissed because i know none of this is true (probably)

  • a nonny mouse

    I read something on tumblr that said that Carol’s death is very likely. She has tied up all of her loose ends, come to terms with things, and told Tyreese about Karen.

  • Jack Grimes

    Nobody is safe.. Carol might die, Tyreese, Sasha, Bob, maybe Maggie,or Michonne, hell they might even throw in a curveball and off Daryl.. I believe Rick and Carl are safe, Glenn won’t kick the bucket until Season 5 when he get’s batted to death by the hands of Negan..

  • jayson Teeman

    maggie…gone. Glenn….alive. We will wait for season 5 to see him exact his ‘Glengeance’. Rick will get his fingers chopped off, one by one, but will escape getting his thumb and trigger finger chopped somehow. Beth will be eaten at Terminus. The car that snatched her are hunters from Terminus.

  • https://www.facebook.com/1NKED Ty

    Beth isn’t going to die since she’s just getting more lines, she’s becoming an actual character instead of “Maggie’s sister”. I really think the next to go will be Carol since her character is fully developed at this point. Nobody cares enough about Glen for his character’s death to make much of an impact so… Like the audience isn’t going to really care if Glen dies because nobody is really attached to him.

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