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Season 7 of "The Walking Dead" is, without a doubt, the most highly anticipated season premiere in the show's history. Airing Sunday, October 23, at 9/8c on AMC, the season will consist of 16 episodes with a scheduled mid-season break. It will be returning again to finish off the season in February 2017. It has been six months since the season 6 finale and teeth-clenching cliffhanger. Leaving audiences in horror, the question on everyone's mind is: who did Negan kill? Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and ten of his companions had been corralled and taken before the dreaded Negan for punishment for killing many of Negan's people in a previous episode.

Negan introduced them all to Lucille, his trusted baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, and then promptly beat one of the them to death. 

Why it was not Glenn

The most popular theory among fans is that Glenn (Steven Yeun) was the unlucky victim. Digital Spy readers voted him most likely to have been beaten to death, followed closely by Abraham. It's easy to understand why fans feel this way. This style of execution is almost exactly how Glenn was killed off in the comic book series. Also, earlier in the season, the writers wrote Glenn into a scenario that many thought he was unable to escape. After falling from a dumpster and into a herd of Walkers, most viewers presumed him to be gone for good. Few people remained hopeful that Glenn had used his dead companion to cover himself and then slither under the dumpster for safety.

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Those who held onto that theory were right. A month later, Glenn made his comeback, having survived exactly the way audiences thought. Why is Glenn safe now? Easy. He was too far away from Rick in the beating scene to have been the victim. In the sneak peek of season 7, Rick is seen with quite a lot of blood splattered on the right side of his face. While Glenn was positioned on Rick's right side, he was the furthest away. 

Who Negan really killed

There are 9 total options (Rick and Glenn have been ruled out already) to think about before the premiere. It is obviously not Carl (Chandler Riggs) because Negan says just before he started swinging, "Anyone moves, anyone says anything, cut the boy's other eye out and feed it to his father." Plus, beating a child to death would make Negan look extremely pathetic and weak, which is not the vibe he's going for. Sasha, Aaron, and Eugene (Sonequa Martin-Green, Ross Marquand, and Josh McDermitt) are all safe because they are positioned to Rick's left.

That leaves Maggie, Abraham, Daryl, Michonne, and Rosita. Going back to theory of Negan not wanting to look weak for the upcoming season, it's likely that he did not kill Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Michonne (Danai Gurira), or Rosita (Christian Serratos). 

Now all who is left to consider are Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz). After the first hit, the victim attempted to rise again. This suggests a physically strong character, which both men are. Also, during the beating, Negan makes the comment, "Taking it like a champ!" He also asks Rick in the season 7 sneak peak if he had just killed Rick's "right-hand man." Many argue that Daryl was the chosen one because his character was made up for the show (he does not exist in the comic books). However, with Daryl's impressively large fan base, it's doubtful that the writers would kill him off. So, who died at the end of season 6? Abraham. He is the only character who was kneeling close enough to Rick. He is also the biggest and strongest. He is most certainly a champ and could easily be considered by Negan to be Rick's right-hand man. Also, Abraham was supposed to die via an arrow shot through his eye, as in the comic books. However, this death was given to Denise, the group's only doctor, earlier on the the show. Needless to say, come Sunday night, everyone will find out who died. In the meantime, fans are left to speculate and wait in suspense for the season premiere of "The Walking Dead."