It seems networks will do anything to make sure season-ending cliffhangers and subsequent season-beginning murder scenes won’t get spoiled by photo-sharing lookie-loos: even waste the time of 10 other actors. But when you’re cable’s number 1 show, it’s not so hard to run the cost/benefit analysis on that. AMC has done that, evidently, for the aftermath of the most infuriating season-ender since wondering who shot that J.R. guy my parents used to talk about. The Walking Dead teased that one of 11 main characters could be the recipient of Negan’s barbed wire bat, and they filmed all 11 just to keep the secret.
Many people and outlets (including our annoyed asses) expected the finale of season 6 to end with new big bad Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killing off one of our leads with Lucille, his trusty spike-wrapped Louisville Slugger. And technically it did, except we didn’t get to see whose brains were dashed and whose story ended, because the damn thing cut to black! We’ve now got to wait months to find out who was the victim, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC wants to ensure we keep guessing until the end because they’ve filmed 11 different versions of the premiere’s opening scene for each of the characters who might be the real poor soul.
11 different versions of the same scene were filmed to stop any spies from posting pictures from the set. So that means, maybe for the Blu-ray release, you can see Rick, Carl, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Abraham, Sasha, Daryl, Eugene, Aaron, and Rosita each bite the dust, though only one of them will be the real thing. We already told you how Norman Reedus would start a riot if Daryl dies, and they’ve already faked us out about Glenn, so let’s assume it’s not them. But maybe it is?! We really have no idea, and maybe it will just be one of the less important members of the group–but what if it’s Rick? What if they just kill off the central character?
GAH! Gosh darnit, AMC, you’re making us wish time travel existed. We gots ta know, man!
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