The cast of The Walking Dead suffered a number of losses during the first half of Season 5. And it doesn't sound like second half of the season, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c on AMC, is going to offer any relief to our scrappy band of survivors.
"What you'll find in the back eight [episodes] is that, after the death of Beth, people are reeling," star Andrew Lincoln tells TVGuide.com. "And they reach probably their lowest ebb in Episode 10, which is an extraordinary moment in the show. It's probably the lowest point all of us will reach."
So, the logical question is: Who's going to die next? Below, we examine which characters (listed alphabetically) are most likely safe and which might be in danger. Read our take and then tell us who you think is going to die in the poll below.
Abraham (Michael Cudlitz): Even though he lost his purpose when Eugene (Josh McDermitt) admitted "the cure" was all a lie, it seems there is much more of Abraham's story to be told as he comes back from that devastation. Plus, he adds some much-needed muscle to the group.
Carl (Chandler Riggs): Even though he's keenly aware of the dangers of the new world, Carl is the only shred of youthful optimism left on the show after Beth's death. We just don't see the show taking Rick's son from him anytime soon. Ditto baby Judith, who didn't make this list otherwise.
Carol (Melissa McBride): She just had a near-death experience at the end of last season. That — and the fact that she's the most interestingly developed character on the show — buys her some extra time.
Daryl (Norman Reedus): If Daryl dies, fans will scorch the earth. He's perhaps the safest character on the show.
Eugene: Yes, he survived a brutal beating at the hands of Abraham, but now that his secret's out, Eugene seems a far less vital character. Plus: He's poorly equipped to defend himself from the dangers of the world.
Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam): Although he's as ill-equipped to fight the danger as Eugene is (and decidedly more boneheaded), the moral dilemma the preacher faces seems worthy of more exploration. He ought to live a while longer.
Glenn (Steven Yeun): It's been a while since the show killed off a "core" character that's been on the show since the beginning, and Glenn's death would certainly be a huge blow to his fellow. If Glenn begins to come to the fore in the back half of the season, brace yourself for possible heartbreak.
Maggie (Lauren Cohan): Look for the show to milk Maggie's grief of her sister for a while. Killing her now doesn't make much sense.
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Michonne (Danai Gurira): Producers and stars have said Michonne has a huge presence in Season 5B, which could be cause for concern. However, like Daryl, we just don't see a badass of Michonne's caliber falling this soon.
Noah (Tyler James Williams): He's new to the group and has gotten a lot of screen time for his relative short run. He would be easy to sacrifice and still get some dramatic impact. Plus: There's this bit of real-world news that causes suspicion.
Rick (Lincoln): He's the star of the show and the main viewpoint character. While we don't rule the possibility that Rick could someday fall, that time is not now.
Rosita (Christian Serratos): She hasn't been given much to do this season. Although that makes her an easy character to pick off, her death wouldn't add a lot of dramatic weight at this point.
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Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green): There's more to mine with Sasha, as she continues to grieve Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.). Then again, her sadness and anger could distract her and cause her to make a careless, fatal mistake. Even so, seems unlikely for now.
Tara (Alanna Masterson): See Rosita.
Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman): While other characters are grieving, Tyrese seems to constantly be haunted by inner turmoil about his role in the new world. His character provides an interesting point of debate on the show, but perhaps that ground has been thoroughly covered.
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday at 9/8c on AMC. Watch the first two minutes of the premiere now, then vote in our poll!