The season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead was positively insane, exceedingly bloody and downright distressful. Before we get too much further into things, you should know that spoilers do lie ahead, so read along at your own risk. Sunday night’s episode was harrowing to say the least, with Negan showing himself to be epitome of pure evil.
By the time The Walking Dead premiere came to a close, the show’s landscaped looked markedly different, with both Abraham and Glenn falling victim to Negan’s deadly bat Lucille in a pair of scenes that many have opined were far too brutal and gory than they needed to be. There were, however, two touching moments in the show that you may not have caught the first go-around.
First off, after Negan bashed Glenn over the head with a baseball bat, we hear a bloodied Glenn say something that was partially inaudible. Was it a message to Negan? Something meant for the group, perhaps? Or, more likely, a message for Maggie? As it turns out, it was in fact a message for Maggie. If you missed it, Glenn, mustering all of his remaining energy, tells his wife Maggie, “I will find you”, one last romantic gesture before ultimately succumbing to Negan’s brutal blows.
Maggie, played by dutifully by Lauren Cohan, explained during Sunday’s episode of Talking Dead: “Time and place doesn’t erase that. [Glenn’s statement means] I’ll find you; I’ll be with you; I’ll watch over you and the baby; I’ll be there.” Meanwhile, Steven Yeun who played Glenn insightfully points out, “Glenn died in a very Glenn way, still not thinking about himself. It’s appropriate that he ends there and also appropriate that he puts those last words out as a final look out for each other.”
Moving along, there was another touching moment that occurred in a blink of an eye right before Abraham was murdered by Negan. Defiantly standing up to Negan, refusing to cower, Abraham flashed a quick peace sign to Sasha.
Vanity Fair adds that the idea for the peace sign came from Michael Cudlitz, the actor who plays Abraham.
[Director Greg] Nicotero explained that going into the Season 7 premiere—and having already shot the Season 6 finale death scene from a first-person point of view—there were limitations on what Abraham could do as he faced the bat. For instance, he couldn’t turn to look at Sasha, since the finale kept the lens locked on Negan.
“So that was something that Michael added, and it was a beautiful little moment,” Nicotero said. “That little peace sign was to her.”
All in all, the first episode was a surefire way to kickstart what may very well be the most violent, disturbing and controversial season of The Walking Dead yet.