IN ORDER to keep Negan’s victim from the climax of season six a secret, the production team behind The Walking Dead have reportedly shot 11 alternate versions of who has died – one for each character present in that now infamous final scene.
Production has already begun in Atlanta on the seventh season of The Walking Dead; and with reports of fans loitering around the set and even sending drones over the fences to learn which character is now dead, the creative minds behind the horror series have found a way to keep it a secret.
In order to be extra careful that the cat doesn’t get let out of the bag too soon, sources have confirmed that death sequences were filmed for all of the characters involved in the season six climax.
The last episode finally introduced super-villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), known for brandishing a baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire, and as the season finale came to a close he was seen using the bat to end the life of one of the 11 characters kneeling before him.
And in the biggest cliffhanger of the entire show to date, fans were left desperate to know who survived the final scene.
Those on the chopping block were Carl (Chandler Riggs), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Arron (Ross Marquand), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun).
Several unauthorised reports have speculated that it’s the latter who has met his grisly end – but the revelation from a source close to the set that there are now multiple options puts that theory into doubt.
It’s unclear whether the producers have decided to do this simply to throw fans lurking around for spoilers off the scent – or whether they in fact haven’t made up their minds on who is going to die yet.
Going by creator Robert Kirkman’s recent statement on the matter, the deceased is ”beloved to everyone”. This suggests he already knows who it is.
As well as this, it has also been revealed that season seven will pick up right where season six left off. And with the series filming for the rest of the summer, that decision will need to be finalised sooner rather than later.
The Walking Dead returns to FOX in the autumn.