As the finale draws nearer, there has been a lot of discussion (and dread) surrounding Jocelyn’s fate. As a self-proclaimed NON-shipper, even I will be stocking up on spirits to get me through the summer hiatus if it turns out I will have more of her bland and pointless existence to look forward to. Given this, I would like to set up a master list of reasons why Jessie could very well be gone after the finale.
First, let’s begin with the arguments for her staying around (which are rooted solely in the source material). (1) Jennifer’s comic death must be recreated on the show, and (2) Rick needs her as a love interest and/or to help get over Lori. That’s literally it, guys!
For the first one, I’m not even going to bother stating the obvious. I know her comic death was exceptionally brutal, which fans LOVE, but I’d say they already far surpassed that level of brutality with Noah’s death (and Aiden’s, even if we hated him). Basically, we’ve already seen worse (but of course they could always give it to another character).
The second one, however, is in need of debunking. In the show, Rick already had ample time to deal with Lori’s death and he did. He does not need Janice to “move on.” It’s done. So what exactly would be the point of following through with this insta!romance? (And anyone who tries to spit that “Rick deserves to be happy” game, please crawl back under your rock, because you are trippin if you think his family and children are not enough to make him happy.) I don’t see any potential point to it. It’s just random. And while the comics are big on senseless love affairs, the show is not. Keep that in mind.
Now that’s out of the way…let’s move on to even more evidence.
It is Gale’s spoiler, “There will be some sad losses that no one will see coming (slightly paraphrased)” coupled with TSDF’s spoiler that no one from Team Family will die…which leaves us with just a few candidates for these “sad”, “unexpected” deaths: the Alexandrians and Morgan.
Morgan is a likely candidate. I’d like to believe they wouldn’t kill off yet another black male…but it’s possible. I also don’t know what Lennie James’ schedule is like, or if he is available to be one the show is some long-term capacity. Morgan’s death is certainly something that would “piss off fans”, as Michael Cudlitz suggested. Then again, they could send him away again without killing him. Morgan is a bit of a wildcard.
As for the Alexandrians, the GA is not a fan of them. They are seen as weak and foolish. Fans want our group to take over, thus would not be sad to see any of them go. But there is one character who is set apart from the others: Joyce!
She is not considered stupid because she is not really contributing to the group in any way (lol). She got insta!sympathy because she is attractive and has an abusive husband. She shares scenes solely with Rick (which means we associate her more with Rick than anything else; we see her as “Rick’s love interest” not “a member of Alexandria”). This is all just to say that Jasmine IS someone who the GA has probably taken a liking to, and her death would be considered sad. Not devastating, not frustrating, just sad (like Amy or Jacqui or Jim’s deaths were just sad). If she died in a particularly brutal way, that would add to the sadness. And of course, people would be sad FOR Rick, if nothing else.
And Jamie not only meets the “sad” criteria but the “unexpected” criteria. People are not expecting her to die. They are expecting and hoping Pete to die, because of both the source material and simply Rick’s desire to kill him. And he might die as well, but she would be the surprise.
I also keep getting hung up on Scott Gimple asking Alexandria not to read the comics. Why would he do that? I don’t believe it was to surprise HER (with the non-surprise that Pete was abusive), why would he want to do that? I think it’s more likely he wouldn’t want her to assume her character was going somewhere that it wasn’t. Of course, that’s just what makes sense to me.
It also makes sense to me that they would NOT follow the comic book arc to the letter. It’s unlike them to not deviate. But there is still time. Just when it looks like it will go down the same as in the comics, maybe Jolene dies prematurely.
Lastly, Rick’s gun has a “J” on it for a reason. I don’t think Rick put it there, it was probably there when he found it. But there is a reason the writers specifically made it a “J”…perhaps because it will be used on someone whose name starts with “J”, which leaves us with Judith (who is rumored to live atm)…and ole girl.
Overall, I feel the evidence for her death outweighs the evidence she will live, and I think people should have hope for that going into the finale. Food for thought. Happy finale weekend!
Edited to add: This is a submission from a great anon that I have. Thanks, Anon!