The Walking Dead has never been one to shy away from gruesome moments or heart-wrenching deaths. As the finale for the first-half of season eight draws closer, the writing may be on the wall for one major character.
On The Talking Dead after show following the last episode before the big mid-season conclusion, the network and hosts teased that the last episode before the break would have a moment that ‘everyone’ would be talking about.
It could just be good promotion, but the show’s history of axing big characters coupled with the current wartime environment of the plot mean that a major character’s death is all but a certainty heading into Sunday’s episode.
Fans and critics have already been speculating wildly about which character may be the one to say goodbye. Though nothing is confirmed for sure, the showrunners have been leading fans toward certain conclusions.
It is possible that a few minor characters could meet their end simultaneously in a gruesome scene. The show has done it before, and they’ve steadily built the population up enough that several background characters could perish in a single, shocking moment. However, given the hype, it is unlikely that fans will get through the episode without seeing someone they’ve grown attached to die.
Negan, the show’s main antagonist, has been targeted by multiple characters for a while. Though his stronghold and legion of loyal followers may be getting a little shaky at the moment, it’s unlikely he will meet his end in the season 8a finale. If the source material is any indication, there is a lot left for the character of Negan to accomplish in the show.
Another character who may be dying is Dwight, who has functioned as somewhat of a double-agent in the war. Pledging his allegiance to Negan and The Saviors while helping out the other characters is risky, and the previous episode indicated his confession may have been caught on a recorder. This could lead to his betrayal being discovered, which would almost surely result in his demise.
Eugene is a character who has had the opposite arc. Originally with Rick and the show’s main protagonists, he became conscripted by Negan last season. With no combat skills and his current residence being flooded with zombies (and under attack from the friends he betrayed), the odds don’t look good for Eugene.
Morgan may also be at risk, as he uttered the line “I don’t die” earlier in the season. Combined with his recently announced appearance as the crossover character for Fear the Walking Dead, it seems the man who made his debut in the first episode could see his last on Sunday.
But no character has as bleak of a chance for survival as Father Gabriel. Following a great confessional-style moment with Negan, Gabriel succumbed to a mysterious illness. Now he’s trapped with a worsening condition and no medicine in a building that’s rapidly filling with zombies. All signs point to Gabriel being a goner, unless someone or something intervenes in a big way.