This article contains spoilers -- and spoiler-ish theories -- about the most recent episode of The Walking Dead.
When somebody on The Walking Dead expects a challenge to be easy, there's a good chance it won't be. So it was with good reason that we went into last night's episode, "Not Tomorrow Yet," assuming Rick's plan to take on the Saviours was a bad one.
At first things run smoothly: Rick and the others infiltrate the Saviours' compound without much difficulty, killing a half-dozen in their sleep before the guards are roused and a gunfight ensues. But then of course in the final moments -- right when it seems that victory has been clinched -- the tables turn. Some Saviours have survived. And they've taken Carol and Maggie hostage.
It's long been assumed that Negan, the show's new, much-discussed, and as yet unseen villain, would be revealed in the season six finale -- still four episodes away and set to air in early April. Now it's all but guaranteed that we'll be glimpsing him earlier, and very likely next week. Dozens of Saviours are dead. Their survivors have the upper hand. One thing seems almost certain: Negan is about to appear. And he's going to be pretty mad.
So what's the deal with Negan? We know he commands a lot of authority in these parts. The Hilltop Community seems afraid of him. But so far we haven't seen the threat in action. Readers of the comics know he's even deadlier than the Governor before him. A lot of that has to do with the unforgettable way he's introduced. He ambushes Rick and a few others on the road. He brandishes a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, which he calls "Lucille."
Then he kills Glenn.