Which WALKING DEAD Fan Favorites Are About to Meet Lucille?
BY Jennifer Griffin
Published 6 years ago
Last Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead was disturbing on an entirely different level.
“Not Tomorrow Yet” saw Rick and an armed contingent of Alexandria survivors storming a Savior outpost in the dead of night, and killing almost everyone as they slept in their beds, as payment from the Hilltop for much needed food and supplies. Those who managed to offer hasty resistance were gunned down, or gutted in a skirmish we never doubted was going to go Rick’s way.
The decision to take lives in such a premeditated way marks a new departure for Rick’s group, and we saw how deeply conflicted Glenn, Heath, Morgan and others were over the debatable necessity of their own actions. (And just because it bears repeating, the Alexandria crew took on the job of dispatching the food and supply-guzzling Saviors in return for a month’s worth of rations.)
The Walking Dead is almost as big on foreshadowing as it is on subverting our view of antagonists and protagonists, and we don’t need to read spoilers to know that a price will be paid for crossing Negan in this way. In the comic books, that price is Glenn’s death; he gets his head bashed in with Negan’s baseball bat “Lucille” in one of the comic’s most shocking moments. (Did you catch the photos on the wall in the Savior’s compound? Mementos of Negan and Lucille’s handiwork were prominently displayed as trophies, or as a warning. Take your pick.)
While we’re certain more than one of Rick’s group will meet an untimely end before the season wraps on April 3, there is still some discussion on just who that person will be. While the odds (and mythology) favor Glenn, who has miraculously escaped death once already this season, recent episode clues have thrown up new and surprising candidates. Let’s take a look. (Warning: Some spoilers for episodes to come ahead.)
Why did Maggie elect to accompany Glenn on the raid? Was it a storytelling device to place her in harm’s way at a critical moment?
While Maggie’s pregnancy has provided some lighter moments in recent episodes, like Abraham, we’re unsure about the long-term proposition of yet another baby on the show. With Judith already filling the adorable-baby-needs-to-be-protected spot on Rick’s team, we’re not sure how the presence of a second infant would affect the dynamic of future episodes, and the show as a whole. (Enough already with the helpless babies Walking Dead!)
By swapping Glenn for Maggie, our expectations surrounding this highly anticipated event would certainly be subverted in a most cruel – but convenient from a storytelling perspective – way.