While everyone is still waiting with baited breath to see who Negan killed with his trusty bat Lucille in The Walking Dead Season 6 cliffhanger, one actor has confirmed that s/he is safe. Suffice it to say, there are SPOILERS ahead. If you don't want to know any more, please stop reading right now.
There have been rumors and speculation aplenty as to who may or may not survive's Negan's wrath in The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere. But we know the bat will come down on someone. In recent weeks, it has been rumored that the big twist is, Negan will kill not one, but TWO members of Rick's extended survivor family. It has long been suspected that Glen, who met his demise in the comics, is going to die in the opening moments of the fall premiere. Then it is said that Negan will turn his bat on Abraham, bringing a double whammy that fans won't see coming. That would certainly be shocking. But perhaps that's not true.
Speaking with Pop Sugar, actor Michael Cudlitz, who plays Abraham, has pretty much confirmed that his character survives. And will actually serve as an important force in setting up the Negan dynamic throughout the rest of the season. He lets the cat out of the bag while discussing Denise's death in Season 6.
"Her death spurs on a whole bunch of other stuff, and then the audience knows that Abraham will continue for a while now. Now we get to see what a world with Negan and Abraham both in it will be like. That's something we don't see in the graphic novels. So a lot of cool stuff happens. For me, knowing that his potential death had come and gone, it was a moment to go, 'Oh cool, they really aren't going to stick with what the graphic novel does.' As a fan of both the novel and the show, it was cool."
In the comics, it is Abraham that takes the arrow to the head, not Denise. That on-screen dynamic has shifted. Though many believed that Denise took the arrow so that Abraham could be the one who gets a taste of Lucille. If Cudlitz isn't pulling a fast one, fans of the comic will get to see what a Negan/Abraham relationship looks like. That is something that was never explored in the comics, as his death came before Negan made his presence known to the citizens of Alexandria.
The Walking Dead will return for Season 7 on October 23. The premiere episode picks up just mere seconds after the Season 6 cliffhanger. And Negan's victim will be revealed within minutes of the show's opening. Though, it's possible that Michael Cudlitz is only saying this to make the impact of his second death all that much more shocking. Perhaps he really isn't safe after all.