Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead brings us one step closer to an inevitable war between the Saviors and a scrappy faction comprised of The Hilltop, The Kingdom, The Scavengers, and our core group of Alexandrians led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). And while there will certainly be plenty of bloodshed when the season finale airs in April, don’t expect another 8-month cliffhanger like the one we endured at the end of Season 6.
In a recent article on Inquisitr.com, Nick Younker reports:
“[The Walking Dead Season 6’s finale] was the noose tightening and things getting darker and darker,” Scott Gimple said. “This season’s finale has darkness and light, real horrific moments, betrayal, and real moments of beauty, redemption, love and friendship. It’s sort of the panoply of human and Walking Dead experience.”
It appears as though what Scott Gimple is saying is that there will not be a cliffhanger, but rather a conclusive ending to Season 7 of The Walking Dead. But that does not mean that your favorite TWD characters will not die, but rather you will not have to wait until the season premiere of Season 8 of The Walking Dead to find out who they are.
So who can we expect to meet the Reaper before Season 7 concludes? You’d have to be an optimist with your head buried in the sand to expect Sasha (played by Sonequa Martin) to survive. Not because that’s her character’s fate in the comic, or because we’ve seen anything to indicate she’s most likely to die in an impending firefight, but because Martin has been cast as the lead in another series: Star Trek: Discovery on CBS. Is it possible for the actress to appear in both shows simultaneously? Yes. Is it likely? In my opinion: No. Seems like too much of a risk for AMC to assume the busy actress would be available to continue her bit part on TWD when she’s the lead on another series.
Who else is on the chopping block? Chandler Riggs, the young actor who plays Rick’s son Carl Grimes reached the end of his contract with AMC when TWD Season 7 wrapped filming in 2016. He has stated his intention to go to college full time in the fall. Again, this doesn’t necessary guarantee the character’s death, but it’s certainly problematic.
We won’t have to wait much longer to know for certain. Whoever meets their maker in the conclusion of Season 7, it will certainly be gut wrenching. We’re in for one hell of a ride!
Check out a preview for Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, Episode 14 titled The Other Side, below.
Official Synopsis: The Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.