Does Cryptic \'TWD\' Comic Book Cover Hint at Rick\'s Death? (UPDATE)
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Does Cryptic ‘TWD’ Comic Book Cover Hint at Rick’s Death? (UPDATE)

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UPDATE (11/13/17 at 3:25 p.m. ET):

While the variant cover in The Walking Dead comic outlined below seemed to indicate Rick’s darker side, the official cover puts a worrisome spin on past clues.

The new cover shows a sea of zombified hands reaching up from the ground. Among them is Rick’s modified hook (he lost a hand in the books).

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Could the variant cover actually be saying Negan will take over Rick’s group after the valiant leader’s death?

The culprit is likely to be the massive horde of Walkers headed straight towards Rick’s group — the Alexandrians have no idea death is marching towards them.

Fans clearly expect whatever goes down in issue #163 to be earth-shattering.

 

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This issue has became easily the most pre-ordered TWD comic issue in history, clocking in at a staggering 730,000 copies.

RIP(?) Rick.

Keep clicking for more clues from the new comic.

Original story (11/10/17 at 1:21 p.m. ET):

The Walking Dead comics have been getting intense. And a teaser of the next issue's variant cover could have clues to a major death that could finds its way on screen.

SPOILERS ahead!

Negan has not been a popular presence throughout Season 7 of the apocalyptic show, so his comic arc might be surprising to some. Believe it or not, Rick doesn't kill Negan when he finally wins the war against the bat-slinging baddie.

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In the comic universe, which is quite a ways ahead of the show's timeline, the tables have turned and Negan is working for Rick now.

In a recent issue, the villain takes down the leader of the deadly Whisperers — but loses his dear Lucille in the process.

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Given the complete and utter devastation to Negan's beloved bat — this variant cover for issue 163: Conquered, certainly gives us a lot to think about:

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That was comic book Rick holding what looks like Lucille and wearing a very Neganesque jacket — what is going on here?

The obvious first guess is Negan will be killed in the next issue — but why would he choose to Neganize himself?

Did he make that bat or did he fix up the shattered Lucille?

Or is this a metaphor? If Rick is taking on pieces of the slugger's personality that def feels like a loss for Alexandria.

So many questions we can't wait to have answered in the next issue!

The Walking Dead midseason premiere airs Sunday February 12, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of The Walking Dead Season 7 below:

Everything We Know So Far About Season 7B of The Walking Dead (UPDATE)
How the Back Half of TWD Season 7 Will Look Different From Comics
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Shaves Beard To Match Comic Book Version of Negan
Could Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Sweet Tattoo Soften Up TWD's Negan?
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