The Walking Dead Adds Two New Characters Who Will Eventually Die Horribly

Illustration for article titled iThe Walking Dead /iAdds Two New Characters Who Will Eventually Die Horribly

Whoever ends up dying from an acute case of Louisville Slugger syndrome in The Walking Dead’s seventh season premiere, it might console him or her to know that the show the survivors won’t be understaffed for long. Two new characters have been added to the cast, and they seem to be exclusive to the TV series.

From TV Line’s Michael Ausiello (bullet points added by me for clarity):

• Naomi is a grandmotherly type who, having lost so many loved ones, is now willing to do whatever it takes not to have to bury any more. (Maybe she’s being introduced to counsel Carol about the awful necessities of the post-apocalyptic world… )

• On the flip side is Jennie, a sunny-side-up kinda teenager — oh, Caaarl! — who sounds a lot like Beth 2.0, “kind, with a world-weary toughness.”

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Jennie seems generic enough to not warrant further comment, but Naomi sounds exactly like Carol, and it seems... unlikely that the show would feel the need to have two characters who are older women whose instincts have gone from maternal to killer. Although maybe since Carol has lost her edge, Naomi will serve as an example of what Carol was turning into before her epiphany—sort of a Dark Carol, if you will.

But if Carol had been part of the group captured by Negan, I would already be certain that the introduction of Naomi meant Carol’s doom. But since she hightailed it out of Alexandria (followed by Morgan), she may be safe... for the time being.

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*Spoilers?*

It seems pretty obvious it’s either Abraham or Glenn, right?

Negan says as much that he isn’t killing Rick or Coral (“feed the kid’s other eye to Rick”). The show has killed African Americans at a rate that has them feeling the backlash, so Michonne and Sasha are safe from a brutally sadistic beat down. Darryl/Norman Reedus is too popular to kill (yet) and has another show on AMC.

This leaves Glenn, Abraham, Rosita, Carol, Eugene, Maggie and Aaron. When Negan first strikes, the victim gets back up - to Negan’s delight. That removes Carol and Maggie - both of whom can barely kneel. Eugene is also not getting back up. Rosita and Aaron are obvious Redshirts - and this death is supposed to hurt.

Leaves you with Glenn and Abraham. Purists might prefer one over the other, but the last two episodes are pretty much a set up for Abraham to die - Glenn is barely in them, but Abraham gets with Sasha, talks about starting a family, reconciles with Eugene, etc. They couldn’t tie it up any neater if they tried.

Of course, the comics pull in a different direction, but my guess stays Abraham.