5 Bold Predictions for the Mid-season Finale of ‘The Walking Dead’

(MAJOR Spoiler Warning for both The Walking Dead comic books and the AMC series)

Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead revealed the answer to the question we’ve all been asking. So what’s next? Well here are five more bold predictions and crazy moments we think you’ll have to look forward to in the mid-season finale.

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1. Maggie is going to die

A member of Maggie’s family has died in both mid-season finales for the past two years (Hershel in “Too Far Gone” and Beth in “Coda”), so her days could be numbered. In an interview with MTV News, executive producer David Alpert warned, that “Glenn as good angel, I believe, is dead,” but so far Glenn seems like his regular, optimistic self. What’s going to push him over the edge? Perhaps the death of his pregnant wife. While fans have been worried about Glenn, Maggie could be the one who is really in danger.

There’s a particular death in the comics that we think will be re-assigned to Maggie. While fighting through a hoard of zombies, Rick is forced to kill one of his own in order to save Carl’s life. In fact, Robert Kirkman had originally planned a similar death for Glenn in the comics and it’s possible that the plot point was re-written to suit his wife in the show.

2. Carl will get shot in the face

One of Carl’s defining moments in the comics is when he gets shot in the eye. While the show has strayed away from drastic physical injuries (like Rick’s hand for example), we believe Carl’s injury is still a strong possibility. In the comics, it’s actually the mayor of Alexandria who accidentally shoots Carl. Given the recent tensions between Rick and Deanna, this seems likely, however there are a couple of other possibilities. There’s also the chance that Ron will shoot Carl (either accidentally or maliciously), but we personally believe that the Wolf that Morgan has been keeping prisoner will break out of his cell and shoot Carl, putting even more stress on Rick and Morgan’s relationship.

3. Abraham is going to blow up some zombies

There’s a dramatic principle called Chekhov’s gun (coined by Russian playwright Anton Checkov) which argues that every single item in a story should be directly relevant to the story. For example, Checkov argues, “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”

So what does this have to do with The Walking Dead? Well in the episode “Always Accountable,” Abraham finds an RPG while scavenging for supplies. To paraphrase Checkov, you don’t put a rocket propelled grenade launcher in a post-apocalyptic hellscape unless you plan on blowing up some zombies.

4. We will meet The Saviors

Speaking of Abraham, on the way back to Alexandria, Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham might encounter The Saviors, a vicious group of survivors lead by a man called Negan. While Negan isn’t expected to make an appearance until the season six finale, this encounter could set up future events. In the comics, Negan makes a pretty strong first impression, which should leave Daryl fans a little nervous.

5. Someone will hook up

The Walking Dead has been lacking in romantic drama this season (notwithstanding the terrible love triangle between Enid, Carl, and Ron, aka The Walking Dead‘s version of Olly). In the comics, Michonne has had more relationships than any other main character so maybe it’s time for her to find someone. We hear Glenn could be single soon…

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