This article has been updated following The Walking Dead Season 8 mid-season premiere.
Staying alive on The Walking Dead is tricky.
Aside from the flesh-eating walkers, there’s limited food and resources, and other humans fighting for the little that’s left. Even if you’re strong (like Abraham) or resourceful (Glenn), you may not survive.
Season 7 saw the deaths of series regulars Sasha, Abraham, and of course, the aforementioned Glenn. His death at the hands of Negan was particularly hard because he was one of the original cast members. He was also the moral center of the survivors, refusing to kill (until he was forced to during the raid on the Saviors) and risking his life to save others.
The midseason premiere of Season 8 saw the death of Carl Grimes by his own hand.
As the protagonist of the series, it’s hard to imagine the showrunners killing off Rick. But it’s happened on other shows before (ahem, Game of Thrones). Rick’s survived being shot (thrice!), stabbed, and beaten to a pulp countless times. Rick takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
In the comics, Rick loses a hand (a la Jaime Lannister) to The Governor. Negan nearly took Carl’s hand in the Season 7 premiere — will he take Rick’s limb if not his life?
If Daryl dies, we riot.
That’s been the mantra for Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) fans. A skilled archer and tracker with an aversion to sleeves, Daryl has survived the most harrowing of near-death situations. Viewers still haven’t gotten over the death of Glenn; if Daryl dies, it might be The Walking Dead’s jump the shark moment.
Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) has gone from meek and battered housewife to strong and assertive leader. She’s also more than capable on her own, having left the group multiple times only to return in times of need. Carol may have looser morals — she’s known to kill without remorse to ensure her survival — which makes her a survivor. One thing’s for sure — if Carol goes down, she’ll go down fighting.
Morgan (Lennie James) appeared in the first episode of The Walking Dead and didn’t reappear until the third season, finally joining the survivors in Season 5. Now that he is willing to take a human life, Morgan has become a huge threat to the Saviors, and when you’re a threat, you’re a target. Fans already knows that Morgan survives the season, since his character moves over to Fear the Walking Dead.
Will all of the original cast make it?
Catch the second half of Season 8 of The Walking Dead when it returns to US screens on February 25, 2018 in the U.S. and February 26, 2018 in the U.K.