As I theorized in my weekly breakdown of The Walking Dead, The Saviors – Negan’s gang – may have made their presence known in episode six – Always Accountable – of AMC’s blockbuster hit.
During the episode Daryl, Sasha and Abraham ran into something of an ambush as a group of men in vehicles opened fire on the three while they were out on the road, tending to a horde of walkers. Later in the episode Daryl encounters three individuals in the woods, on the run from a menacing group.
These three were running for their lives, terrified of a group in pursuit because, well, they stole some goods.
If you read the comics you know Negan doesn’t like to have his property stolen, in fact, he expects every living soul in the area to offer up – willingly or unwillingly – half of what they’ve got to him and his crew. Yes, Negan is a possessive menace.
When a group of men track Daryl and his new “buddies” they make it known that they want their stuff back. That’s not necessarily sound proof that the villains chasing these guys are Negan’s men, but there are a few other major hints dropped.
First, of the three people that Daryl encounters (two women and one man), we know that the ladies are named Tina and Sherry. Sherry just so happens to be a character in the comic books, and a member of The Saviors. In the episode, the man’s name is unmentioned, but in the comic books, Sherry’s husband’s name is Dwight, and guess what his weapon of choice is? A crossbow… just like the crossbow that he stole from Daryl in the waning moments of Sunday’s episode.
Coincidence? No such thing in AMC’s series.
Keep in mind that these mystery men are all packing heavy firepower. Also note that we only see one of these men’s faces. And we don’t see all of it, as his forehead is covered. Could there be a ‘W’ on that forehead? It’s possible, but it doesn’t seem likely. Especially since the men looking for Tina, Sherry and that other A-hole make a few offhand references that feel not-so-subtle.
“He only wanted to take this so far, and he only wants ass that’s willing, you know?”
So who is he? And why is he such a mystery?
Chances are “he” is Negan, and these bastards are members of The Saviors.
Yes, we believe it is extremely likely – especially knowing that Negan will make his debut in the season six finale – that these are members of The Saviors, doing the powerful Negan’s bidding.
We’ve been wrong with Walking Dead predictions before, but this one seems all too obvious.
Get ready for some seriously savage happenings in the weeks to come. Negan’s crew is closing in, and if you read the comic books, you know Negan loses plenty of men to Rick and his group. This doesn’t sit well with Negan, and he’s definitely going to take it out on the residents of Alexandria soon enough!