Potential spoilers for Abraham’s fate on The Walking Dead ahead.
The season six finale of The Walking Dead left us with a lot of questions, including who died at the hands of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan. Many fans believe that the victim was none other than Glenn, since he was the one who died when Negan was introduced in the comic book series. However, there also many fans who think that Negan actually killed Abraham. If the show would have followed the comics, Abraham would have died two episodes before the finale, but his comic book death was instead given to Denise.
In a recent interview with PopSugar, Michael Cudlitz, who plays Abraham, discussed why The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman still regrets killing the character in the comic book series and Denise’s death on the show:
“Well, [Robert] Kirkman was never happy with the death Abraham had in the graphic novels. He always said it was sort of a last-minute decision and that he regretted how he took him out. I think transferring that specific death of the crossbow arrow through the eye to Denise was sort of an Easter egg for the audience who follow the graphic novels. They know what that death should have been, but there’s also nothing lost on the television audience by not knowing that. It was a little gift just for them.”
Cudlitz then went on to talk about the ramifications of killing off Denise instead of Abraham. Interestingly enough, the actor also seemed to imply that his character will survive his encounter with Negan and the rest of the saviors:
“Her death spurs on a whole bunch of other stuff, and then the audience knows that Abraham will continue for a while now. Now we get to see what a world with Negan and Abraham both in it will be like. That’s something we don’t see in the graphic novels. So a lot of cool stuff happens. For me, knowing that his potential death had come and gone, it was a moment to go, “Oh cool, they really aren’t going to stick with what the graphic novel does.” As a fan of both the novel and the show, it was cool.”
It’s going to be interesting to see whether Abraham will indeed make it out alive of the season seven premiere, where the identity of Negan’s victim will finally be revealed.
The Walking Dead will return on Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c on AMC. Are you excited?