By Jason In
On Oct. 23, “The Walking Dead” kicked off its seventh season after Season 6 left us with a huge cliffhanger that showed a main character meeting his/her maker.
(Warning, there will be spoilers. So don’t read this if you want to find out who died before you watch it!)
The Season 7 premiere, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” gave us the answer to a 7-month unanswered question: “Who did Negan kill?” Negan, an antagonist from the comic book series that the show is based on, and his baseball bat Lucille were adapted into the TV series. Negan’s group, The Saviors, forced our main character Rick and his group to kneel before Negan at the end of Season 6.
Season 6 ended with Negan beating one member of Rick’s group to death with his bat, which we saw from the victim’s point of view, therefore leaving the episode, and the season, unclear about who died.
However, the season 7 premiere ended the suspense as we saw that Sgt. Abraham Ford was the person beaten to death. That was not really surprising as it was rumored by many online commenters that it would be him. However the episode, and possibly the series, had a huge plot twist when Daryl attempted to assault Negan after he began taunting Abraham’s ex-girlfriend Rosita.
In response to the attack, Negan brutally beats Glenn to death the same way Abraham died. Afterward, Negan takes Rick on a trip to scare Rick into abiding by his rules. It got to the point to where Negan nearly forces Rick to chop off his own son’s arm, until Rick finally shows his fear of Negan.
The episode was more bloody than most TWD fans would come to expect, and we were abruptly forced to say goodbye to an additional character. The episode progressed poorly, as we had to wait after two commercial breaks to witness the deaths. The abruptness of Glenn’s death was not bad, but was shocking.
His death will leave some fans angry, as we already had to wait to find out if Glenn had been eaten by the dead for about four episodes last season. But, overall, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal of the sadistic and evil Negan was great. Fans of the comics should be satisfied. And Andrew Lincoln’s portrayal of Rick Grimes shows us some emotions that we have never seen in Rick before, like the fear he has towards Negan.
The characters that lived now face a new challenge. This story has the potential to be a great and emotional turn for the series.
Even though Abraham and Glenn died, we won’t forget them or their last words. Glenn said to his wife, “Maggie, I’ll find you”; Abraham said, “Suck my nuts.”
Remember, this was only the first episode of the season. As promotional posters for this season said, “We’re just getting started.”