When he's not hosting the Nerdist Podcast, performing standup comedy and hosting AMC's Talking Dead aftershow, professional nerd Chris Hardwick is on Comedy Central four nights a week to host @midnight, a comedy game show of sorts in which three guests compete in a series of games based on hashtags, viral videos and general Internet craziness.
Most of the time, the three guests are a group of professional comedians, but on Wednesday, Hardwick hosted a special The Walking Dead edition of @midnight and welcomed Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Josh McDermitt (Eugene Porter) and Walking Dead comic co-creator and TV series executive producer Robert Kirkman to the show. Naturally, there was plenty of talk about the hit AMC zombie series, including an entire game devoted to making up funny The Walking Dead spoilers.
Cohan rang in with jokes like "Carl's been wearing a wire," and McDermitt came up with "The gang gets a visit from the Harlem Globetrotters." Then it was Kirkman's turn, and in between joking that "Maggie and Eugene both die in next week's episode" and talking about the group finding a working Chili's and sitting down for a nice meal, he said something that could very well end up being an actual spoiler for the show, because it already happened in the comic.
Now, what Kirkman's talking about happened in The Walking Dead comic a while ago now, but if you haven't read it, and you don't want to know something that will quite possibly happen on the show eventually, we're going to give you a SPOILERS AHEAD chance to click away right now.
Still here? OK, here's Kirkman:
"Eventually a character named Negan is introduced. He's going to bash in Glenn's brains with a baseball bat called Lucille."
In the video below, you'll hear the crowd react immediately with shock, and even a little bit of fan rage. Kirkman simply shouts "It's a comedy show!" and the game moves on, but some audience members were undoubtedly reacting that way because they knew this really does happen in 2012's The Walking Dead #100, exactly as Kirkman described it.
Now, whether this will actually happen on the show is uncertain, since the series hasn't always followed the character death plan laid out by the comic. For example, TV Tyreese outlived comic book Tyreese by quite a bit, and comic book Sophia is still alive while TV Sophia died in season two. Kirkman said just last year that there's a 99 percent chance of Negan appearing on the show "eventually," though he noted not to expect him "too terribly soon," so this could actually be spoiler for a future Walking Dead episode. Then again, it could just be Kirkman savoring some of that yummy fan sorrow.
Check out the full video of the fake spoilers game below.