There are few mysteries that have plagued fans this summer more than the mystery behind Negan’s victim from The Walking Dead‘s sixth season finale, which chose to keep the show’s latest victim a secret by cutting to their POV in the final moments of the tense episode. As you can probably imagine, the decision caused quite an outrage from the show’s fans, and the wait hasn’t exactly been easy either, with every promotional trailer and image from the show basically focusing on that single moment.
We know that the production has gone to some fairly ridiculous lengths over the past few months to keep the victim’s identity a secret as well, even going so far as to shoot death scenes for each of the potential characters, but it looks like some new set photos may rule out at least three of the names from that lineup. (Warning: Possible spoilers to follow…)
Thanks to some new set photos from JustJared, Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, and Ross Marquand were all spotted filming scenes from the new season, and they all looked to be alive and well, which could mean that Rick, Michonne, and Aaron probably weren’t on the receiving end of those deathly blows from Negan.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) August 19, 2016
Alanna Masterson is also seen in the photos, but considering her character wasn’t one of the potential victims from the episode, her survival doesn’t come as much of a surprise, though based on Negan’s dialogue at the end of the season finale, one could say that Rick’s isn’t either.
Now, Greg Nicotero has said that they’ll be shooting the scenes from the new season out of order, so it’s possible that this is a flashback to a previous season and doesn’t necessarily mean that Michonne, Rick, and Aaron are alive. With that being said, it seems unlikely that any flashbacks would be shot this far into the production schedule, and I don’t think anyone really expects the victim to be one of these three anyways.
Again, we’ll have to wait until October to find out for sure, but for right now, do you think that these photos confirm these three characters’ survival? Or are you waiting to rule out any potential death until the opening minutes of the season premiere?
The Walking Dead will return with its seventh season on October 23rd.
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