The Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” titled “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” aired on October 23, and it came with a deadly twist. We already knew that the show’s sadistic new villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) had killed one character at the end of the Season 6 finale last spring, but we didn’t know who. However, he actually killed two major characters. And according to our recent poll our readers think beloved Daryl (Norman Reedus) will be next.
Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) was the first to go on Sunday night, but then Daryl defiantly stood up to Negan, punching him in the face, so Negan decided unexpectedly to kill another major character: Glenn (Steven Yeun), who had been with the show since the very first episode and was soon to be the father of a baby with girlfriend Maggie (Lauren Cohan). As result of his outburst, Daryl was taken hostage by Negan as collateral to ensure that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors fall in line.
That means Daryl is directly in harm’s way for the time being, which may be why almost half of our readers say that Daryl will be the next major character on the show to die. 49% of respondents think he’ll be on the chopping block next, followed by Carol (Melissa McBride), whom we haven’t seen yet this season, with 10% of the vote. Morgan (Lennie James) was next with 9%, while Negan himself also has 9% — perhaps he’ll beat himself to death with trusty bat Lucille.
Do you agree with our poll results? And if so, would Daryl’s death be the event that makes you quit watching the show for good? Make sure to discuss “The Walking Dead” and more in our TV forum.