There's always the possibility that 1 or more covers are trolls, but lately they've been on point more often than not. And I had no idea what could happen (or this theory) up until they released 150 cover and I could piece em all together.
You might not be too far off with this prediction based on the events of 147.
I mean, think about it. Rick's time IS coming. it's not a question of if, just WHEN. And ever since 127, Rick hasn't been the Rick we grew attached to. Hell, he hasn't even been RICK at all... Except, lately we've gotten a few glimpses that Rick's anger still resides in him, however deeply hidden it may be. Rick believes in his vision of the future so much that he has forced himself to act domesticated, just to continue to keep all the communities following his lead and behaving "civilly", because he believes that's the only way to achieve the future he envisions..
HOWEVER, as I said, his time IS coming. and Rick has been the foundation of TWD up until as of late. As much as Kirkman trolls us, I CANT BELIEVE he'd let Rick go out like a bitch... Nothing *Truly* shocking has happened since 100 when Glen met Lucille. I'm growing more positive that somehow Lydia will cause Andreas death after Rick trusted her, and also, Carl will be in Peril that he can't escape on his own.--Que Rick. He knows what the whisperers are capable of. When Rick learns about Andrea and/or A threat/danger to Carl, The old Rick WILL break free . Honestly, I believe it never actually died, only that Rick forced himself to Bury it deep down and keep it under control. But losing Andrea, especially after him just finally getting over Lori, it'll be just too much for him. BUT, even old brutal Rick isn't any match for the whisperers.. And he'll need all the help he can get. I think he will realize, there's only 1 person who has proven that he's just as brutal, and just as smart as Rick-Negan.. I'm guessing Rick Will ask for his help. and knowing Negan, hell probably tell Rick to go fucking fuck fuckity fuck himfuckingself, until he learns Carls in deep shit . Negan already looked at Carl like a son in a weird sort of way, then figure how much more attached/closer he feels to Carl after 2 years of Carl being the only friend/confidant he's had.
I think BIG BIG things are coming. I'm 99% sure Rick's death will happen within the next 15 or 20 issues, maybe less. I'm actually starting to think that when all is said & done, all well be left with is Carl & Negan...