"Glenn Rhee is one of the Atlanta 5, and it does seem strange in hindsight to kill him off without any witnesses or a send-off on 'The Talking Dead,'" notes Sam Eckmann, who wins $100 predicting our "The Walking Dead" contest for Episode 3, titled "Thank You." Can YOU take down this top-scoring user next week? Hurry — make your "The Walking Dead" predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which character will be killed off next.
Eckmann is 26 years old and hails from New York, NY where he's an actor/singer. He's one of three contest entrants to reap perfect 100% accuracy predicting all of the questions in this week's contest, though he broke the tie with his high 20,300 point score thanks to using his special 500 and 200 point bets wisely. Since he is eligible, as per our contest rules, he wins a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by contest entrants like you, Glenn's death was a huge shocker as he only had 16/1 odds (6% chance) of being the next Main character to be killed off. Meanwhile, Nicholas had 9/2 odds (18% chance) of being the next Recurring character to die, suggesting our readers weren't quite as shocked about his demise.
"'The Talking Dead' laid it on way too thick with their misery over Glenn's demise," Eckmann continues. "There is always sadness over the death of a character on this show, but last night it was really egregious. Couple that with the fact they didn't include Glenn in their 'in memoriam' segment, nor did they have Steven Yeun on as a guest, and I have my suspicions about his fate."
Eckmann's theory for how Glenn could still be alive? "It is possible the walkers were feeding on Nicholas' body which fell on top of him. Could we see Glenn crawling underneath the dumpster to escape?"
One thing not up for debate, though, is Nicholas' death. "I had a hunch it was Nicholas' time to go because I couldn't see how much more they could do with his character. Nicholas has always been a coward and someone like just can't survive long in the zombie apocalypse. With the episode title being 'Thank You,' I predicted it would somehow tie in to the Glenn/Nicholas relationship since Glenn spared his life last season."
Check out the overall Season 6 leaderboard to the right. Currently our #1 "TWD" predictor is Chor Kiang Tan with overall 84% accuracy and 12,635 points, but there are still many weeks left to play in our contest and be eligible to win our weekly and overall season prizes. See our contest rules here and don't forget to update YOUR predictions here.
To make your predictions, simply log into your Gold Derby account, or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google. In our "Walking Dead" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:
Which MAIN character will appear to die in this episode?
Which RECURRING character will appear to die in this episode?
Which MINOR character will appear to die in this episode?
How many walkers will die in this episode?
Will a walker bite anyone in this episode?
At the end of each week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it's beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions.
To vote for who you think will be voted out next, drag your choices over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order. Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds for the characters are automatically updated.
If the majority of readers think Rick Grimes will die, that means he'll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the candidates who don't receive many predictions have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.
Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it's important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts throughout the week, just click "Save Predictions" when you've settled on your choice.
Who's going to die next? Making your "Walking Dead" predictions is fun and easy. Just log into your Gold Derby account (or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google) and then start casting your votes.
Remember that coming out on top doesn't just mean answering that week's questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don't take them for granted.
Get started by making your prediction as to which character will die next by using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. And be sure to sound off on the current season of "The Walking Dead" in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.
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