The road to get to The Walking Dead 100 has been long and painful for Rick Grimes and company. Safe haven has been found and lost again and again, characters we love have been killed and maimed. What lies in store for the survivors in this monumental issue? Find out after the bump, but be warned, SPOILERS ARE VERY PRESENT in this article as well as content of a graphic nature that should be read with discretion and only by those comfortable with the themes and images present in R-rated horror and action films, as this article describes similar scenarios while recounting the events of issue #100.
The biggest threat to our survivor’s in TWD is evenly split between zombies and the living. While the dead have been the cause for the modern world’s end and the threat of our hero’s continued safety, the living have been just as dangerous and depending on your outlook , more horrific.
The Governor and his men murdered Hershel, Lori as well as her and Rick’s Daughter Judy, they tortured Michonne and cut off Rick’s hand among other awful deeds. Don’t forget the hunters that got Dale, although Rick showed his dark side when he doled out their punishment. There were also the men who attacked Andrea, Carl and the other’s on the highway.
In this week’s TWD we finally meet the Negan, the leader of the Saviors, a group who has clashed with Rick and company and has been running a protection racket with the Hilltop community as well as an assumed and undisclosed number of other camps in the Washington DC area. The Saviors killed Abraham in issue #98 in the town outside of The Alexandria settlement by shooting an arrow through his eye, continuing Robert Kirkman’s habit of right-hand side of the body injuries.
The confrontation between Negan and the Survivors is tense, I can’t remember the last time I felt that stressed out while reading a comic. Negan plays a terrifying game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe with the survivors that ends with the death of one of TWD’s most loved character’s, Glenn. Glenn’s death is brutal, its the most shocking moment since Carl lost his eye by an accidental gun shot, and maybe the most violent death in the series history. That is up for debate, but the calm nature that Negan retains while laying out the terms of his agreement with Rick and co to provide half of their resources with the Saviors adds to the shocking nature of Glenn’s murder. The context of being beaten to death in front of your pregnant wife and adopted daughter all so a madman can prove a point is just another layer of emotion that Kirkman has brought to this very important scene with the help of artist Charlie Adlard.
I can’t wait to see what TWD has in store for the next 100 issues, the journey so far has been frightening, disgusting, stressful and most importantly hopeful. Robert Kirkman has killed almost all of my favorite characters in the path to #100: Tyrese, Dale, Abraham, Morgan, Hershel and now Glenn. I applaud the creative team for making the tough choices with the story rather than playing to convention and only killing secondary characters.
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