A fan of The Walking Dead broke down the characters’ total screen time throughout Season 7A and the results might surprise you.
Many fans of The Walking Dead noted that the first half of Season 7 was one of the most fragmented seasons; after the season premiere, the following seven episodes were mainly bottle episodes that followed one story over the course of each episode. Clearly all of these bottle episodes will contribute to the overall story and lead to an amazing second half of the season, but what’s more interesting is which characters had the most screen time over the course of the first half.
One dedicated fan broke down each character’s screen time and the results will no doubt surprise you.
Thinking back to Season 7A, it might be a challenge to figure out who had the most time on screen. It was a close battle between Rick and Negan, but Rick won with 112 minutes and Negan was right behind him with 110 minutes.
Carl came next with 63 minutes, thanks in part to Chandler Riggs’ amazing job in “Sing Me a Song” where he shared a lot of screen time with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan. Daryl followed Carl with 48 minutes, which seems like a lot considering that it feels like we barely saw him at all.
Surprisingly, Tara rounded out the top 5 with 46 minutes after her part in “Swear.”
Here’s the full breakdown: Rick, 112; Negan, 110; Carl, 63; Daryl, 48; Tara, 46; Rosita, 43; Michonne, 42; Maggie, 41; Sasha, 38; Dwight, 36; Carol, 31; Aaron, 29; Eugene, 27; Morgan, 26; Enid, 16; Jesus, 15; Father Gabriel, 10.
Season 7B Needs More Women
It’s interesting to note that only one woman made the top 5 on the list, but women make up 50% of the top 10. Tara’s position on the list is due to her role in a Tara-centric episode. Maggie shared a lot of screen time with Sasha, while Enid barely registered. Carol leads Morgan because of those few moments she shared alone with Ezekiel.
So with Maggie in position to take over at the Hilltop, and Carol’s influence at the Kingdom, is it safe to say that we can expect to see more girl power in Season 7B? It certainly seems that way.
Short But Sweet
Judith doesn’t show up in the rankings, but we all know the precious few moments she appeared in “Sing Me a Song” were memorable. Seeing Baby Judith bouncing on Negan’s knee was one of the shortest but terrifying moments of the first half of the season. However, it looks like Negan has a soft spot for babies, so Judith is safe for now.
Another series of short but sweet moments came from Father Gabriel. For a guy who was only around 10 minutes, he certainly had some key moments. It was Father Gabriel who suggested that they dig three graves before Negan arrived in Alexandria. That clever ruse allowed Maggie to escape to the Hilltop without being discovered. He also said to Spencer what fans everywhere wanted to say, that he’s a “shit.” Gabriel gave us some great moments and it will be good to see more of him in Season 7B.
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Is it possible to gauge what will happen in the second half of the season based upon screen time in the first half? No, absolutely not. However, it’s interesting to see the numbers side by side and speculate how they might impact what’s to come.
The Walking Dead returns February 12th on AMC.