Many “Walking Dead” fans are saying that a new sneak peek at Season 7 teases the end for Daryl Dixon, a fan-favorite character played by Norman Reedus.
In the clip, we see Dwight (Austin Amelio) making his way down the highway on a very familiar motorcycle while also wearing an even more familiar black leather vest with wings on the back.
Some are speculating that the only way Daryl would give up two of his most precious possessions would be if he was dead. Could this mean that Daryl is the member of the group who met the end of Negan’s bat last season?
“Our whole world has been turned upside down, and that group of people have been fighting to have their feet firmly on the ground and have some sort of direction to live in and some sort of code to live by and moral compass, and they thought they were doing it okay, you know?” Reedus said.
Of course, conventional “Walking Dead” fan wisdom says that if Daryl dies, we riot.
Why it's him: Abraham died in the comics in the manner that ultimately led to Denise's death on the TV show a few weeks ago. With his arc complete in the comics, it would make sense to kill him off now.
Why it's not him: His refusal to cower seems to have maybe won him Negan's respect.
Why it's not her: Sasha turned her hopelessness around last season, and it would be too depressing for her to die now.
Why it's her: She's in the sweet spot for "Walking Dead" deaths: popular and long-running, but not so popular and long-running that the show can't go on without her.
Why it's not her: Because it would feel like the show once again built up a character just to kill her off when it was dramatically convenient.
CARL (CHANDLER RIGGS)
Why it's him: Some fans don't like him lately, and they didn't even soften when he lost his eye.
Why it's not him: Hasn't he been through enough? Also, Negan charmingly commands, "If anybody says anything, cut the boy's other eye out and feed it to his father," right before he bludgeons his victim to death. Chances are he wouldn't say that if he was about to kill Carl.