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"The Walking Dead" #100 (2012) by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
It's hard to deem any death in "The Walking Dead" shocking -- after all, the series is built on the foundation that the entire cast is in constant danger of coming to a horrifically violent end. But while anyone can go at any time in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's grey-washed world, for some reason, Glenn always felt like one of the few "safe" characters. Guess again. As the heart of the group of survivors fans followed for one hundred issues, Glenn was a very human and relatable character who had been through hell with Rick, Michonne, Carl and most importantly, his wife Maggie. When Glenn found out Maggie was pregnant, it was a rare moment of elation in their lives, a human victory that gave them a moment of bliss. Of course, we should have known it wouldn't last. At the moment of Glenn's purest happiness, Negan made himself known. Fans of the television series have not yet met Negan, but the readers know he makes The Governor look like Winnie the Pooh. In a previous encounter with Glenn's group, Negan lost some of his troops. Negan told his prisoners he would choose one of them to die, seemingly sparing Glenn because he didn't want to be misconstrued as racist. He was lying: Negan chose Glenn and proceeded to beat him slowly to death, his signature barbed wire baseball bat, Lucille, reducing Glenn's head to an unrecognizable mush. And unlike most other deaths on this list, there will be no resurrection, reboot or magical revival. It remains the most shocking and painful death in the series' history, a moment television fans have yet to experience.