Season 8 of “The Walking Dead” has been full of bloodshed. Shiva was devoured alive, Eric bled out and joined the undead, The Scavengers were massacred in a hail of bullets, and Carl (Chandler Riggs) took his own life after suffering from a zombie bite. And with just three episodes left in the season, the worst may be yet to come.
In the most recent episode, “Do Not Send Us Astray,” Tobin (Jason Douglas) fell victim to a Savior’s infected blade. His reanimated corpse wreaked havoc and death inside The Hilltop. But if this series’ history of including major deaths in last two episodes holds true, the grim reaper is still lurking behind one series mainstay. Let us know which “The Walking Dead” character you think is least likely to survive Season 8 in our poll below.
Eugene – True, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) has displayed a guilty conscience over the fate of Alexandria. But he is also relishing the power and status that come with being a Savior. It’s difficult to divine a narrative where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) would ever welcome him back into the fold. In that sense, one final act to double cross the Saviors and help his former friends seems like the only place left for this character to go. Eugene would pay for such a betrayal with his life.
Ezekiel – Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has been adamant about putting the heads of the three resistant leaders on pikes. That end goal has been talked up enough that it is likely that at least one person will suffer this humiliating death. With The Kingdom forces decimated and Carol (Melissa McBride) in a position to take over as leader, King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) is the most likely leader to fall victim to Negan.
Gregory – Though Gregory (Xander Berkeley) was pegged for death from his first appearance, he has managed to survive well past his expiration date. But his decision to escape his prison and flee The Hilltop with Saviors will surely be enough for Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to call for his execution. The only question is whether there will be time for it before the season finale, or if he will weasel his way into Season 9.
Jadis – The writers must have something important planned for Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), otherwise she would have been killed along with her people. Is her big moment becoming a major hero or villain? Or is she just destined to go out in a blaze of glory? She may have Negan captive for the moment, but few people survive one on one encounters with that madman.
Maggie – Maggie makes a shocking appearance on this list thanks to a contract dispute between AMC and Cohan. After the network failed to give her a raise to pay her on par with Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, the actress to accepted a new role in the ABC pilot “Whiskey Cavalier” (which coincidentally features “The Walking Dead” alum Tyler James Williams). Considering how much of a badass Maggie proved herself to be in Episode 13, here’s hoping this contract issue can be settled soon instead of killing off one of the series’ most captivating characters.
Simon – With his recent coup, Simon (Steven Ogg) may have sealed his fate. It’s only a matter of time before Negan finds his way home, and he will be none too happy that his chief lieutenant left him for dead and took command of his army. Plenty of viewers might be hoping for Negan’s death at the end of this war, but Simon has emerged as the likeliest Savior to bite the dust. Though many Hilltop survivors have a vendetta with Simon, Negan could ironically be the one to kill him for his mutinous behavior.
Tara – Though she believes she could be infected thanks to Dwight’s (Austin Amelio) arrow, I don’t think the weapon was tainted. Much more dangerous for Tara (Alanna Masterson) is her ongoing feud with Daryl over how to handle Dwight. The argument to kill or spare this double agent is reaching a fever pitch, and that’s generally where some lethal accident occurs. It’s not hard to see Tara jumping in front of a bullet to save Dwight and maintain his cover as the mole.