The relationship between AMC and some of the more rabid members of The Walking Dead fandom hasn’t always been great. Over the years there have been accusations from spoiler websites that the studio has sent private investigators out to harass them over how they’ve gotten their leaked information. There was even the threat of a lawsuit against Facebook group The Spoiling Dead Fans when AMC was trying to keep who Negan killed at the end of season six a secret.
AMC is teasing another massive shocker of a moment for this Sunday’s mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, but you won’t find out what it is via The Spoiling Dead Fans this time. The Facebook group has taken the unusual step of announcing they won’t be sharing what they know about the episode in advance, and this time there are no angry cease and desist letters involved.
“After careful consideration we have decided that we will not be providing a Q&A or any spoilery bits this week,” admins of The Spoiling Dead wrote. “AMC has been hyping a very shocking moment that will occur in this episode. I think most of us know this almost certainly means a death. We invite you to draw your own conclusions on what will happen. Review the spoiler journal, filming and discussion threads, and take what bits you can and try to put the pieces together.”
“We have our reasons for doing this which we’ll share after the episode,” they continued. “No, it has nothing to do with any legal matters. We will not be answering any questions about episode 8 from this point on. Sorry buttercups, but bribes of liquor and pancakes will not change our minds.”
While few characters on The Walking Dead are ever really safe, the show has gotten a bit predictable in recent years with its killing off of bigger names during the season and mid-season premieres and finales. People were already expecting some big deaths before AMC started hyping up a “shocking moment” in trailers for the episode. Now with The Spoiling Dead Fans getting in on the suspense, we imagine it must be something worth keeping secret until we get to witness it as intended by watching the show.
You can mark us down as intrigued. There’s already lots of rumors on who may die, which you can check out here if you don’t mind speculation. Maybe it’s not a death and this has to do with that helicopter that randomly appeared halfway through the season. Whatever it is, it seems like we’ll have to tune in to find out, and we’re very okay with that.