11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Walking Dead': Who Will Die in the Midseason Finale?
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Walking Dead comic book series on which the AMC drama is based.]
AMC's The Walking Dead is heading into its final episode of 2015 with bated breath.
The events set up Sunday's midseason finale, "Start to Finish," with Glenn and Enid on the outskirts of the community as well as Daryl, Abraham and Sasha seemingly on the road back home. While it's unclear if all the sub-groups will reunite for the first time since the season started, there are multiple threats to contend with. Morgan is holding a Wolf captive, Ron is taking aim at Carl, a new human group that might be Negan's camp are seemingly nearby and the herd is poised to bring chaos to the formerly peaceful community.
So who will die? While season six has largely seen the core group remain intact, save for Nicholas and a few other minor characters, several key characters die during the attack on the community in the comics on which the AMC series is based.
(Warning, comic book spoilers ahead.)
During the zombie attack in Alexandria, Morgan is bitten and loses an arm after Michonne chops it off in a bid to save him. Rick and Jessie — a couple in the comics as well — plan to escape along with Carl. That plan goes out the window when Jessie's son son, Ron, is bitten and she grabs Carl in a bid to help — only Jessie is bitten in the process and won't release Carl. Rick is forced to chop her hand off as the walkers swarm both mother and son. It's then that Douglas — the leader of Alexandria (and on whom the show's Deanna is based) shows up and tries to fire aimlessly at the walkers in a misguided attempt to save the bitten Jessie and Ron. One of Douglas' stray bullets hits Carl in the eye, sending him to the ground.
Rick grabs Carl and rushes him to see Denise at the community's medical clinic before joining Abraham and company in fighting off the herd.
As Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple likes to do, the AMC drama is a remixed version of the comics so it's quite possible that many of the events of the comic may not happen to the same people on the small screen.
Here, THR rates the potential victims from most likely to die to least ahead of Sunday's midseason finale.
1. Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh)
She's realized that Rick is the better leader for the group and is plotting a future for Alexandria. Plus she's not the best when it comes to killing walkers and had to learn to aim for the head. Watch out, Carl!
2. Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge)
She was the first of the Alexandrians to fall in line and spoke out about what the formerly ill-prepared residents need to do if they're to survive in this world. Her death would illustrate that nobody — not even Rick's love interest or family — is safe in this world.
3. Morgan (Lennie James)
We're ducking for cover here but let's look at the evidence: Morgan refuses to kill people and let a number of Wolves go, while keeping one within the walls. That has to come back and bite someone in the ass so why shouldn't it be Morgan? Can people survive in this world without killing? Would Glenn — who hasn't ever killed a human — have allowed the Wolves to escape after they murdered innocent people at Alexandria?
4. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz)
Season six continues to explore transformation and, thanks to Sasha, Abraham has accepted that he doesn't always need to be in go mode all the time. He's transformed from the mission-driven soldier to a more zen guy who can kick back with a cigar and realize that he can let his guard down.
5. Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam)
We admit it, we're putting Father Gabriel here because he's even more useless than Eugene (who at least may have radioed for help). While the character is still alive in the comics, he's been given little to do in the first half of season six — other than to piss off Rick by putting up fliers around Alexandria for a prayer circle. Wonder if the good father will open the church doors when all hell breaks out.
Those are our top five theories. Who do you think will die? Sound off in the comments section, below. The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.