As The Walking Dead's season finale draws near, there are many theories as to which character will die on April 3. Although death is a common event on the AMC series, fans are especially worried about the franchise's most beloved characters this time around. And all because of Negan, the most feared villain on The Walking Dead. The baddest of the bad, Negan will supposedly make his mark (and leave a lot of blood) by killing off one of the show's main characters. Though Daryl and Glenn are topping the victim list, many wonder if Negan will kill Maggie on the Season 6 finale.
It makes sense that the barbed wire covered bat wielding sociopath would want to take out one of the show's fiercest female characters. Especially given the "eye for an eye code" that he lives by. In Season 6, Episode 13, Maggie and Carol escape The Saviors in a brutal and bloody battle that leaves many dead, including Paula, the lead female Savior. And although Carol has taken out more Saviors since that attack (God, she's such a BAMF!), she is also nowhere to be found. This leaves Maggie to potentially take the blame and the bat.
Then there is the leadership factor. Since Deanna's death in the mid-season finale, Maggie has slowly been stepping up and leading the people of Alexandria. She single-handedly brokered a deal with the misogynistic leader of The Hilltop to provide food, medical supplies, and safety to the Alexandrians. (Not to mention ti was that same deal that led to the demise of many Saviors.) What better way for Negan to seek revenge and strike fear in the Alenandrians than by taking out one of their leaders?
Of course, there is the comic book to consider. Readers know that Negan kills Glenn in the comics, which actually motivates Maggie to step up and become a leader. If the producers were to follow the books, as they have done for most of this season, then Maggie would suffer in a different way by losing her love and the father of her child. (And fans would suffer along with her because, I mean, it's Glenn!)
Of course, the book could also indicate Maggie's demise as well. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Walking Dead's showrunner Scott M. Gimple noted that the introduction of Negan would keep fans of the show and comics on their toes.
Sometimes we have things from the book that people who read the comics maybe see coming a mile away, and we try to adjust that so that we can give them the same feeling they had when reading the book, which might have been shock or surprise or fear, any of those things. It might be wildly different, but it’s all to get the same sort of feelings that you got when you read them. So will it be different? Absolutely. Will it be the same thing? Absolutely.
In killing Maggie, producers could give Glaggie shippers that same gut-wrenching feeling from the comics while still surprising them. It's cruel and complete torture, but so is living in a world where a zombie can rip the flesh off yoru face in one bite.
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait till April 3 (or maybe longer) to find out Maggie's fate. But Lauren Cohen, the actress behind the series's badass, promises it'll be worth it. "It's the biggest finale I've ever seen in television," the actress told Entertainment Tonight of The Walking Dead's Season 6 finale. "It's the cliff-hangerist episode."
Lets just hope we get some of our questions answered before next fall.