SPOILER ALERT: Negan's victim revealed on brutal season seven premiere of The Walking Dead

Glenn Rhee and former Army sergeant Abraham Ford were bludgeoned to death by new villain Negan on Sunday's season premiere of The Walking Dead.

Negan crushed both their skulls in a stomach-churning violent start to season seven of the hit AMC show.

With the rest of their group watching on helplessly, Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, brought his barb wire covered baseball bat Lucille down on the duo after a chilling game of Eeny Meeny Miny Moe.

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Season premiere: The season seven premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday night finally answered the brutal and bloody question of who exactly Negan killed with his razor wire wrapped bat 

Season premiere: The season seven premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday night finally answered the brutal and bloody question of who exactly Negan killed with his razor wire wrapped bat 

Using the deaths to get Rick Grimes's group under his control, Negan told them he would return one week later to collect whatever offerings they had gathered for him.

As the group drove off - minus captured Daryl Dixon - they were mere shadows of their former selves and the maniac's words rang in Rick's ears.

'I bet you thought you were all going to grow old together, sitting around a table at Sunday dinner and live happily ever after,' he said. 'No, it doesn't work like that Rick. Not anymore.'

The shocking season premiere kept viewers guessing who Negan picked as his victims for 20 minutes.

Decisions, decisions: The brutal season six finale ended with the sadistic leader of The Saviors playing a game of eeny-meeny-miney-mo to select a member of Rick's crew to execute using his barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, Lucille 

Decisions, decisions: The brutal season six finale ended with the sadistic leader of The Saviors playing a game of eeny-meeny-miney-mo to select a member of Rick's crew to execute using his barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, Lucille 

Sick game: Negan smiled as he took his time picking out his victim

Sick game: Negan smiled as he took his time picking out his victim

The episode started with Rick, his face spattered with blood, telling Negan: 'I'm going to kill you. Not today, not tomorrow but I'm going to kill you.'

Tucking Rick's axe into his belt, Negan dragged him into the group's motorhome and sat in the driver's seat, slamming the axe into a table top.

Negan laughed: 'I'm going to kill you'. Are you kidding me? Did you see what just happened? What I just did? Your best chance is to stand up, grab that axe and drive it through the back of my head. See how you do.'

Tough talk: Rick gravely threatened to kill Negan but it proved to be a hollow threat
Tough talk: Rick gravely threatened to kill Negan but it proved to be a hollow threat

Tough talk: Rick gravely threatened to kill Negan but it proved to be a hollow threat

Who would it be? The show teased out the shocking death

Who would it be? The show teased out the shocking death

Rick grabbed the axe but Negan quickly shot out of his seat and pointed his rifle at him, whispering 'drop it'.

Negan knocked Rick to the floor with a blow from his rifle and warned: 'Don't make me get up again. I want you to think about what could have happened, about what happened and about what could still happen.'

Negan drove Rick to an area filled with smoke from fires and swarming with walkers, and threw the axe outside, demanding he fetch it.

Nice try: Negan took Rick away in an effort to break him

Nice try: Negan took Rick away in an effort to break him

Major test: Rick was forced to fight off walkers before giving Negan his axe back

Major test: Rick was forced to fight off walkers before giving Negan his axe back

The villainous maniac then pushed Rick outside, forcing him to fight off walkers in low visibility before Rick scrambled on top of the van to safety.

As Rick lay on the top of the van, the episode cut back to earlier in the night, with Negan wielding his bat and deciding who to kill.

Pointing at Abraham, he warned: 'Anybody moves, anybody says anything, cut the boy's other eye out and feed it to his father. You can breathe, you can blink, you can cry. Hell, you're all going to be doing that.'

'I love when people discuss things and discus theories, but when people really go out of their way to ruin something for people it's kind of f***ed up': He said that he didn't mind the secrecy  

First victim: Abraham Ford was the first to be killed by Negan

Brave: The red haired hero did not flinch for a moment

Brave: The red haired hero did not flinch for a moment

Negan then slammed his bat down on Abraham's head, causing blood to pour down the former Army sergeant's face.

As Abraham sat back up, Negan taunted: 'Oh look at that. Taking it like a champ.'

'Suck my nuts,' Abraham whispered before Negan knocked him to the floor, crushing his skull with blows that sounded like gunshots.

Sitting tall: As Negan picked his victim Abraham sat up straight as the others slumped over

Sitting tall: As Negan picked his victim Abraham sat up straight as the others slumped over

Zombie chow: In a stomach-churning premiere, Negan crushed both heroes' skulls in a brutal and sickening display of power

Multiple blows: Negan killed Abraham after playing a cruel game of eeny-meeny-miney-mo

Disbelief: Following the murders the group were a mere shadows of their former selves as they looked down on the destroyed forms of their comrades 

Abraham's love interest Sasha Williams and his ex Rosita Espinosa wept, viewers saw the gruesome sight of Abraham's bloodied head face down on the ground and Negan continuing to crush his skull

While Abraham's love interest Sasha Williams and his ex Rosita Espinosa wept, viewers saw the gruesome sight of Abraham's bloodied head face down on the ground and Negan continuing to crush his skull.

Examining his bat, Lucille, he said: 'Oh my goodness. Look at this. You guys, look at my dirty girl.'

Daryl leapt to his feet and hit Negan in the face with a right hook, but was soon dragged away by the leader's men.

A hero who will regret it: Daryl Dixon attempted to attack Negan after his friend was killed

A hero who will regret it: Daryl Dixon attempted to attack Negan after his friend was killed

Dragged away: Daryl was dragged away before Negan punished the group for his defiance

Dragged away: Daryl was dragged away before Negan punished the group for his defiance

Second victim: Negan picked a second victim after Daryl fought back

Second victim: Negan picked a second victim after Daryl fought back

Negan warned: 'I need you to know me. So, back to it.'

He then punished the group for Daryl's defiance by suddenly slamming his bat down on Glenn's head.

Glenn managed to sit up, his head covered in blood and one eye bulging out of its socket. 

Chosen: Glenn was the next victim in the brutal killing

Chosen: Glenn was the next victim in the brutal killing

He had a good run: Original gang-member Glenn met his end a few moments later, as he was also beaten to bloody pulp by the show's latest villain 

Dying words: Glenn had dying words for Maggie before Negan turned his skull into pulp

Negan laughed: 'Buddy are you still there? I just don't know. It seems like you're trying to speak, but you just took a hell of a hit. I just popped your skull so hard your eyeball just popped out and it is gross as s***.'

Glenn stuttered 'Maggie I'll find you' as his pregnant girlfriend sobbed uncontrollably.

'Oh hell, I can see this is hard on you guys. I am sorry. I truly am. But I did say no exceptions,' Negan told the group before brutally finishing Glenn off.

Glenn stuttered 'Maggie I'll find you' as his pregnant girlfriend sobbed uncontrollably

Glenn stuttered 'Maggie I'll find you' as his pregnant girlfriend sobbed uncontrollably

Silenced: Maggie was forced to bite down on her grief

Silenced: Maggie was forced to bite down on her grief

While viewers saw Glenn's brains and eyeball spread all over the floor, Negan quipped: 'Lucille is thirsty. She's a vampire bat.'

The action cut back to Rick lying on the roof of the motor home, with Negan demanding his axe.

As Negan fired bullets up through the roof, Rick took a flying leap and grabbed onto a walker who was hanging in a noose from a bridge.

Self aware: Negan realized that his actions were hard on the group

Self aware: Negan realized that his actions were hard on the group

Broken man: Rick was broken by Negan after killing Glenn and Abraham

Broken man: Rick was broken by Negan after killing Glenn and Abraham

Negan opened fire to kill off the sea of walkers grabbing at his legs just in time, as Rick fell to the floor.

'The clock is ticking Rick. Think about what could still happen,' Negan shouted.

Rick's imagination pictured the rest of his friends – and son Carl – taking blows to the head and he fought off walkers before Negan opened the door and let him back inside, taking the axe back.

Former leader: Negan told Rick that he was no longer the leader

Former leader: Negan told Rick that he was no longer the leader

Negan, after driving back to the rest of the group, told Rick: 'We're here prick. This must be hard for you. You've been King S*** for so long. Losing two of your own, getting them clipped like that, one nut then the other, and in front of your boy. That is some screwed up s***.'

After dragging Rick back outside, Negan asked his men to point their guns at the group's heads and beckoned Carl over.

After wrapping a belt around Carl's arm and forcing him to lie face down on the floor, he drew a line on Carl's left arm and told Rick he was going to make him cut it off to save the lives of his friends.

Tough choice: Rick was told to chop off his son Carl's arm or the rest would be killed

Tough choice: Rick was told to chop off his son Carl's arm or the rest would be killed

'I know this is a screwed up thing to ask, but it's going to have to be like a salami slice,' he ordered.

'Nothing messy, clean, 45 degrees. Give us something to fold over. We've got a great doctor. The kid will be fine. Probably. This needs to happen now. Chop chop. Or I will crush the little fella's skull myself,' Negan told him.

Rick sobbed and begged Negan to stop but the monstrous leader counted down from three.

Nothing messy: Negan told Rick to make it a clean cut of Carl's arm

Nothing messy: Negan told Rick to make it a clean cut of Carl's arm

Carl whispered to his father to follow Negan's order, but Negan stopped Rick as he lifted up the axe.

'You answer to me, you provide for me. You belong to me. Right?' he instructed, making a panting Rick repeat his words.

Negan told Dwight to put Daryl in the back of their van and told the rest of the group: 'Welcome to a brand new beginning you sorry s***s.'

Just do it: Carl told his father to go ahead and cut off his arm to save the others

Just do it: Carl told his father to go ahead and cut off his arm to save the others

Throwing the axe down on the floor, he told them he would be back for their first offering in one week's time.

As Negan and his men drove off, Rick's group sat in a stunned silence, with Abraham and Glenn's corpses still beside them.

Maggie, who was struggling with a fever, told Rick to get ready to fight them and demanded they leave her to find her way to a doctor alone.

Broken shells: The survivors were left traumatized after the brutal killings

Broken shells: The survivors were left traumatized after the brutal killings

'They have Daryl, they have an army. We will die, all of us,' Rick said, while Sasha promised to take Maggie to get help.

While the rest of the group carried Abraham and Glenn's bodies away, Maggie stood inconsolable between two pools of blood on the ground.

Viewers then saw a glimpse of what the future could have held, with the survivors sitting cheerfully around a table eating dinner.

Lost love: Maggie wanted to fight against Negan and his army

Lost love: Maggie wanted to fight against Negan and his army

Family dinner: Rick imagined a happy family dinner with his group

Family dinner: Rick imagined a happy family dinner with his group

Glenn, with Abraham next to him, held his and Maggie's son on his lap.

The Walking Dead returns on Sunday on AMC. 

Social media not surprisingly lit up during the season premiere as two of the show's favourite characters were killed off. 

One fan wrote that she now 'hates everything' after her favourite character was killed off, while another jokingly added that the whole fanbase would be on 'suicide watch' after the shocking scenes. 

Hates everything: One fan of the show tweeted that Negan killed her favorite

Hates everything: One fan of the show tweeted that Negan killed her favorite

Tough episode: Another viewer tweeted about the devastation fans were feeling

Tough episode: Another viewer tweeted about the devastation fans were feeling

Distraught: One fan event went as far to say they were traumatised by the thrilling episode

Distraught: One fan event went as far to say they were traumatised by the thrilling episode

'Not okay': Fans flocked to Twitter in their hundreds to express their heartbreak

'Not okay': Fans flocked to Twitter in their hundreds to express their heartbreak

Another devoted fan appeared hugely shocked by the twist of events, writing: 'I have PTSD from this episode.'

Fans flocked in their thousands to the social media site to express their strong emotions of the violent and terrifying scenes - with many also penning the episode as 'heartbreaking' and 'not okay'. 

Other fans used humour to find the bright side of the situation however - with one particularly dramatic fan jokingly writing:'This show just loves to rip out everyone's heart and put it on the ground, stomp on it, and then light it on fire.' 

What do we do now? Many also penned the episode as 'heartbreaking' and 'not okay'

What do we do now? Many also penned the episode as 'heartbreaking' and 'not okay'

Dramatic: One expressed her devastation with amusing sarcasm

Dramatic: One expressed her devastation with amusing sarcasm

Finding the bright side: Another fan used a funny meme and Mean Girls reference to express her emotions after the episode

Finding the bright side: Another fan used a funny meme and Mean Girls reference to express her emotions after the episode

While another posted a witty photo of Sara Ramirez from Grey's Anatomy raising her hand, accompanied by the famous Mean Girls quote which she adapted to match the show's producers: 'Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple & everyone at AMC.'  

The show's stars Lauren Cohen and Steven Yeun were able to say goodbye as co-stars and on-screen lovers after the season opening at The Talking Dead promo event in LA later that evening.  

In spite of the tragic scene that resulted in Glenn's horrific death, the actors appeared in good spirits as they enjoyed each others company for the evening.

Saying good-bye: Lauren Cohen was able to say goodbye to her co-star and on-screen boyfriend, Steven Yeun, during a joint appearance at The Talking Dead

Saying good-bye: Lauren Cohen was able to say goodbye to her co-star and on-screen boyfriend, Steven Yeun, during a joint appearance at The Talking Dead

Taking it in stride: In spite of the tragic scene that resulted in Glenn's horrific death, the actors appeared in good spirits as they enjoyed each others company for the evening
Taking it in stride: In spite of the tragic scene that resulted in Glenn's horrific death, the actors appeared in good spirits as they enjoyed each others company for the evening

Taking it in stride: In spite of the tragic scene that resulted in Glenn's horrific death, the actors appeared in good spirits as they enjoyed each others company for the evening

Korean-American actor Yeun became very emotional on Saturday while talking to Variety about the season seven premiere.

'It's always tough to see people exit the show. As an actor you come to terms that things might be ending for somebody. You go over all the things you experienced together and what a great time it was for everyone,' Yeun said.

'So that way, it's beautifully terrible. It's bittersweet,' he added.

Shocking: Jeffrey Dean Morgan played Negan, the sadistic leader of the Saviors and the man who killed off Glenn and Abraham (pictured with Norman Reedus) 

Shocking: Jeffrey Dean Morgan played Negan, the sadistic leader of the Saviors and the man who killed off Glenn and Abraham (pictured with Norman Reedus) 

Farewell: The sadistic leader of The Saviors, Negan, killed off not just Glenn but also Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz, pictured) with his razor wire-wrapped bat Lucille

Farewell: The sadistic leader of The Saviors, Negan, killed off not just Glenn but also Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz, pictured) with his razor wire-wrapped bat Lucille

Pregnant girlfriend: Maggie was ready for war after Glenn was killed but was talked out of it

He opened up while attending the 25th anniversary gala of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment.

Some have feared that killing Glenn would be a major blow to the Asian Hollywood community, but Yeun remained optimistic.

'As the next generation grows, the skill, talent, passion gets larger and better. You look at some of these kids on these shows and they're incredible,' Yeun said.

'I wouldn't worry. I think whatever happens [to my character], there's a lot of life out there for a lot of Asian-Americans,' he added.

Cruel character: Negan was merciless in his killing of Glenn

Cruel character: Negan was merciless in his killing of Glenn

 

 

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