With the conclusion of season six of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the show introduces us to Negan. This is a huge moment for both the story line as well as the fans as, per the comic books, it signals the death of a major character. In a highly criticized move by AMC, they chose to leave fans with an enormous cliffhanger. The end of the season finale shows Negan standing over the intended victim and beating him or her to death with his barbed wire wrapped baseball bat, Lucille.

What makes a theory?

Since the airing of the episode, there have been many theories on who the victim was.


All of these theories are supposedly supported by "hard evidence."  The bottom line is, all of those theories are just that: theories. In a recent interview, The Walking Dead writer Scott Gimple said “There is no way,” when speaking about how fans could figure out who died. He continued, “There are a couple of things in there that might help people possibly limit the amount of people who are vulnerable but I will say, I would recommend people not go down that route. I truly don’t think there is a way to puzzle it all out definitively."

Every theory presented by fans of the show must make up its own rule in order to make itvalid.

A popular YouTuber created a rule that since there is hair in the faces of some of the cast members, or in some of the characters' cases, a missing or swollen eye, and that since the POV camera doesn’t show hair, then those with hair in their line of sight, or those who should have obscured vision, must be immune from being killed. This YouTuber assumes that AMC would follow his rule and therefore logic can be used to eliminate and correctly guess who dies; however AMC may not be even thinking on that level, and may not even consider adding hair or other factors to the shot when filming it.


He also states that Negan doesn’t typically kill women so the remaining women, Maggie, Sasha, Rosita, and Michonne, are also immune. The show has demonstrated repeatedly that they will deviate from the comics whenever they find it convenient, and this is Negan’s first on-show kill. Therefore, the women are no safer than the men.

Social media flooded with theories

Social media is drowning in the numerous theories on who dies, or why it’s impossible for someone else to die. When you read these theories, be on the lookout for the made up rule that has to be assumed to be true for the theory to fit.

Also, it's important to keep another important fact in mind: the death scene hasn’t even been filmed yet. When Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead executive producer, was asked who was killed, he responded "We have not filmed it yet and I don't know if the person knows yet or not." At the end of the scene, they said "cut" and all the actors left the set. None of the characters have filmed a death scene. Attempting to figure out who was beaten to death in the "placeholder" scene before it has even been filmed is an exercise in futility.


At the end of the day, you may find you’ll learn the one thing you already know: you don’t know who dies, and you likely won’t officially know until the new season premieres in October 2016.